Amend NAIA Bylaws Article I, Section H, Item 5 as follows:

5. Each sport shall have a maximum 24-week practice and competition season established by each member institution. Frequency of play, practice and scheduling policies shall be applied only during the period of August 1 to May 15, pursuant to the following specifications. The start date specified is the earliest possible date on which any activity meeting the definition of a practice or competition may occur, though teams are free to choose a later date. Scrimmages and exhibitions are excluded and not subject to the start date for competitions.

EXCEPTION: If a sport holds its national championship in the spring and an affiliated conference/Continental Athletic Conference (CAC) (formerly the Association of Independent Institutions) completes its qualifying competition for postseason in the fall academic term, then the start date for practices, scrimmages and exhibitions for participating conference/CAC teams is 17 days prior to the first allowable competition, not to precede August 1.


Intent: To change the start date for practice for the sport of golf from the third Monday in August to the second Monday in August, thereby allowing for 14 days of practice prior to the first allowable competition.

Effective Date: August 1, 2024

Submitted by: Women’s Golf Coaches Association

Co-sponsored by: Men’s Golf Coaches Association, Great Plains Athletic Conference


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