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 sevensix 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;

23. The institution or its representative does not provide meals or housing to the student(s) with regard to the event;

34. The student(s) does not wear an institutional uniform nor use the institution’s name in the event;

45. Student(s) competing “unattached” are not covered by institutional athletic insurance;

56. Student(s) are made aware that they are not covered by institutional athletic insurance; and

67. All competition and participation must conform to NAIA amateur status regulations.

Intent: To remove the existing element of the exception that prohibits an institution from providing transportation for an event 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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