Women's Volleyball has been a Championship sport since 1980 when the NAIA became the first intercollegiate sports governing body to provide championship opportunities for both men and women. (Men's volleyball is an emerging sport.)
PLAYING RULES: Rules as published in the NCAA Volleyball Rulebook govern NAIA regular and postseason play, with NAIA modifications.
OFFICIAL BALL: The NAIA-Tachikara SV-5W is the official volleyball for all postseason competition.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT: The Volleyball National Championship includes a field of 36 teams. Twenty-four (24) teams compete in 12 National Championship Opening Round matches played on campus sites nationwide. The top 11 seeds and final site host (or top 12 if no host) receive an opening round bye. Opening Round winners join the top 11 and host at the final site for a 24-team pool play tournament. The top two teams from each pool advance to single elimination championship play.
Find answers in the NAIA Guide to the College-Bound Student-Athlete!
• What's the NAIA participation experience?
• What's different about recruiting in the NAIA?
• Can I visit a campus for a tryout?
• What about financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans?
• Do I meet the freshman eligibility requirements?
• What if I didn't attend a U.S. high school?
• The NAIA Eligibility Center
• What are the transfer student eligibility requirements?
• Who's considered a professional in the NAIA?
• How long can I compete?
• What happens if I suffer an injury during college?
• What if I've competed in my sport outside of college?
• How do I remain eligible during college?
WHERE DO I START?
Register early with the NAIA Eligibility Center. It's required for any student who plans to attend an NAIA school. By registering, you also have the chance to let NAIA coaches know you're interested in playing in college. Our Connections service search allows you to check out which schools offer your sport, major and size that fits your interests. Register today!