Softball has been a national championship sport since 1981. The NAIA was the first intercollegiate sports governing body to provide championship opportunities for both men and women when the women's program was established 1980.
RULES: Official rules are the official softball rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) with NAIA-Softball Coaches Association modifications. These rules shall be applied to all contests (preseason, regular season and postseason).
OFFICIAL BALL: The Worth NAIAFP (.47 core) fast-pitch softball is the official softball for all qualifying and national tournament games.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT: The NAIA Softball National Championship is a 40-team national tournament. 10 Opening Rounds will take place across the country as 4-team double elimination tournaments. The winning teams from the opening round will meet in a 10-team double elimination tournament at the final site.
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!