17-B-08 Unattached Exception Eligibility

On March 13, 2017, in Bylaws Proposals, by Jen Saab

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section B, Item 18 Exception 3 as follows:

  1. Season of Competition

a. Participation in one or more intercollegiate contests whether in a varsity, junior varsity or freshman program. The NAIA shall count seasons of competition based on intercollegiate participation charged by another intercollegiate athletic association.

b. Participation in any elite-level competition on or after the first day of the thirteenth month following high school graduation. The NAIA shall count seasons of competition based on non-collegiate participation charged by another intercollegiate athletic association. Additional seasons of competition, based on non-collegiate participation, will be charged when the student is not enrolled in a collegiate institution, or is enrolled but does not represent the institution in intercollegiate competition.

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EXCEPTION 3: While enrolled as a full-time collegiate student at an NAIA institution,** a student will not be charged a season of competition based on participation as an unattached student-athlete. A student is considered to be competing as an unattached student-athlete if the following seveneight criteria are met:

  1. A coach or representative of the athletics department does not enter the student(s) in the event;
  2. The institution or its representative does not provide transportation to the event, from the event, or at the event;
  3. The institution or its representative does not provide meals or housing to the student(s) with regard to the event;
  4. The student(s) does not wear an institutional uniform nor use the institution’s name in the event;
  5. Student(s) competing “unattached” are not covered by institutional athletic insurance;
  6. Student(s) are made aware that they are not covered by institutional athletic insurance; and
  7. All competition and participation must conform to NAIA amateur status regulations.
  8. Student(s) are academically and athletically eligible for intercollegiate competition, in accordance with all applicable NAIA, conference and institutional eligibility regulations.

Intent: To insert an additional element to the existing exception that requires a student to be eligible academically and athletically for an event per all NAIA, conference and institutional eligibility regulations in order for the student-athlete’s competition to be considered unattached from the institution.

Effective date: May 1, 2017

Submitted by: Competitive Experience Committee

 

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