Football Coaches Corner


Summer Update 2015

Aug. 1, 2015

NAC Motion: Teams may use both the Rawlings ST-5 and the new Rawlings R2 model footballs during the Football Championship Series (rather than just the ST-5 model). DENIED

NAC Motion: Teams may use both the Rawlings ST-5 and the new Rawlings R2 model during the Football Championship through the 2015-16 year, to be evaluated at 2016 Convention (Miller).
Discussion: This would include all postseason games. APPROVED

NAC Motion: Eliminate pre-game handshake & student-athlete lineup from the Football Championship Series manual. APPROVED

NAC 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 15

Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete - November 1

All-American Awards - November 18

Conference/Independent Player of the Year - November 25

Champions of Character Individual Award - November 18

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: Austin Bennett
National Office Ratings Contact: Alan Grosbach


President: Paul Troth, Missouri Valley College
1st Vice President: Todd Hafner, William Penn University
2nd Vice President: Chris Oliver, Lindsey Wilson University
3rd Vice President: Dennis McCullough, Valley City State University 
Past President: Steve Ryan, Morningside College
NAC Liaison: Bruce Parker, Rocky Mountain College 

AFCA Convention - January 10-13, 2016 - San Antonio, TX
NAIA-AFCA Business Meeting - January 11, 2016 - San Antonio, TX


5-Year Calendar  |  National Awards & Forms | Qualification Plan

Coaches Manual (August 2015)
Includes Important Dates, Postseason Competition, Postseason Rosters, Reporting Results & Statistics, NAIA-VCA Standing Committees, Volleyball Rating Manual, Leadership Responsibilities, In-Game Statistics Worksheet, Statistics Summary, NAIA-VCA Business Meeting Minutes, NAIA-VCA Constitution, National Championship Bracket



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

The 2015-2016 ratings dates are:

Preseason - Aug. 18
Rating #1 - Sept. 14
Rating #2 - Sept. 21
Rating #3 - Sept. 28
Rating #4 - Oct. 5
Rating #5 - Oct. 12
Rating #6 - Oct. 19
Rating #7 - Oct. 26
Rating #8 - Nov. 2
Rating #9 - Nov. 9
Final Rating - Nov. 15
Postseason - Dec. 21
Spring Rating - Apr. 11

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 



Football Playing Rules
Live Stats/Webcasting How-To Guide
All-American Certificates/Extra Plaques/Awards




Improvement of the coaching profession and the sport of football has been the top priorities of the American Football Coaches Association since 1922.


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.