Women's basketball has been a championship sport since 1983; in 1992, two divisions were established. The number of scholarships available differentiates the divisions. 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: The official playing rules for all NAIA regular and postseason competition are the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women's Basketball Rules.
OFFICIAL BALL: The Rawlings Contour is the official women's basketball of the NAIA.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT: Both the NAIA Division I and Division II Women's Basketball National Championships are 32-team single-elimination tournaments played over seven days. The 32 teams are placed in a bracket consisting of four quarters of 1-8 seeds with 1v 8, 2 v 7, 3 v 6, etc. in each quarter.
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!