Cross Country Coaches Corner


Summer Update 2015

Aug. 1, 2015

Motion: For a cross country team to fulfill the declaration of intent and to participate in the post season, a team must score and report in a minimum of four regular season meets. DENIED

Motion: Move annual business meeting to USTFCCCA convention – action items will be finalized by electronic vote. APPROVED

Motion: NAIA Coaches Associations must have a quorum (at least 50% of eligible voters) in order for a sport motion to be heard by the National Administrative Council. All voting will be completed using an online process following the business meeting in order to ensure all head coaches have an opportunity to vote. Motions will still be presented and discussed at the Annual Business meeting. If desired, a “straw poll” can be taken by those present to determine if a motion will be opened for vote to the full coaches association. APPROVED


Declaration of Intent If a Varsity program will not fulfill the Declaration of Intent commitment, the deadline to undeclare is four weeks prior to the start of postseason competition. 

Postseason Team Rosters Postseason rosters will be filled out via the SIDHelp admin website. You must have an account in order to fill out a postseason roster. If you don't have an account, please sign up and create your won. Your access will be granted (usually) within 24 hours.

Reporting Statistics - All official game statistics must be submitted by each institution within 72 hours of completion of a contest via Dakstats Websync. Should a member institution fail to file statistical information on any athlete for two consecutive weeks or a total of four weeks during the national statistical reporting period; the institution shall be penalized in the following manner: The first violation will be a warning. A second violation (first penalty), will be a $500 fine. The third violation will be a $1,000 fine and a loss of postseason awards. the fourth violation will be a $1,000 fine and will be addressed at the discretion of the Council.

Reporting Results- In order for schools to be eligible for ratings, results from contestes must be reported to the NAIA Scoreboard within 24 hours of the completion of the contest.


Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award - November 9

Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete - November 1

Champions of Character Individual Award - November 14

Scholar Team Award - June 30, 2016

A full list of the NAIA National Awards can be found on the Forms Page


National Office Event Manager: Hannah Harmon
National Office Ratings Contact: Will Hoven


President: Brad Jenny, Doane College 
1st Vice President: Heike McNeil, Northwest Christian College 
2nd Vice President: Eric Putnam, Shawnee State University
Secretary: Ryan Sommers, Bethel College (Ind.)
Past President: Rod Wortley, Cornerstone University
NAC Liaison: Rob Cashell, Cascade Collegiate Conference 

USTFCCCA Convention - December 15-20, 2015 - San Antonio, TX
NAIA-CCCA Business Meetings
- December 17, 2015 - San Antonio, TX 


5-Year Calendar  |  National Awards & Forms | Men's Qualification Plan | Women's Qualification Plan

Coaches Manual (August 2015)
Includes Important Dates, Postseason Competition, Online Entry Instructions, Reporting Results & Statistics, NAIA-CCCA Standing Committees, NAIA-CCCA Constitution, NAIA-CCCA 2014 Business Meeting Minutes, Statement of Philosophy, and Ratings Manual




Weekly ratings will be posted online by 5:00pm (central) on Wednesdays. Ratings include games played Monday through Sunday.

The 2015 ratings dates for Men's and Women's Cross Country are:

Preseason - Aug. 26
Rating #1 - Sept. 16
Rating #2 - Sept. 23
Rating #3 - Sept. 30
Rating #4 - Oct. 7
Rating #5 - Oct. 14
Rating #6 - Oct. 21
Rating #7 - Oct. 28
Final Rating - Nov. 8
Postseason - Nov. 26

National Player of the Week nominations are due on Tuesdays by noon (central). Nominations must be submitted by the conference/independenct SID/contact and filled out completely in SIDHelp 


Potential Qualifier Packet (General Info) Potential qualifier information is available four to six weeks prior to the championship.


Submit Postseason Meet Entries (DirectAthletics)

NCAA Track & Field and Cross Country Rules (PDF)

All-American Certificates/Extra Plaques/Awards


 U.S Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA)

USATF - Officials Association




Character-Driven Coaching Course — All new NAIA coaches must complete the course within the first 60 days from the effective date of employment.

Conduct in Competition Guide Procedures for all NAIA Contests  — This guide offers practical recommendations for home and visiting insititution review of their responsibilities before, during and after the game to meet the NAIA standards for behavior during all NAIA competition.

Open Dates — free online posting service for NAIA members to advertise or search for open competition dates to compete their regular season.