BYLAWS AMENDMENT #12
SUBJECT: DEFINITION OF SEASON OF COMPETITION
Amend NAIA Bylaws Article V, Section B, Item 18 as follows:
a. Participation in one or more intercollegiate contests whether in a varsity, junior varsity, or freshman program. The NAIA shall count seasons of competition based on intercollegiate participation charged by another intercollegiate athletic association.
b. Participation in any elite-level competition on or after the first day of the thirteenth month following
September 1 in the year of high school graduation or the equivalent. The NAIA shall count seasons of competition based on non-collegiate participation charged by another intercollegiate athletic association. Additional seasons of competition, based on non-collegiate participation, will be charged when the student is not enrolled in a collegiate institution, or is enrolled but does not represent the institution in intercollegiate competition.
EXCEPTION 1: An individual who trains or competes as a member of a non-collegiate postsecondary education (i.e. preparatory school) team will not be charged a season of competition.
EXCEPTION 2: While enrolled as a full-time collegiate student at an NAIA institution,** a student will not be charged a season of competition based on participation as an unattached student-athlete. A student is considered to be competing as an unattached student-athlete if the following seven criteria are met:
1. A coach or representative of the athletics department does not enter the student(s) in the event;
2. The institution or its representative does not provide transportation to the event, from the event, or at the event;
3. The institution or its representative does not provide meals or housing to the student(s) with regard to the event;
4. The student(s) does not wear an institutional uniform nor use the institution’s name in the event;
5. Student(s) competing “unattached” are not covered by institutional athletic insurance;
6. Student(s) are made aware that they are not covered by institutional athletic insurance; and
7. All competition and participation must conform to NAIA amateur status regulations.
** (Interpreted by the National Eligibility Committee)
1. For purposes of this bylaw, eligibility shall be determined by a national third-party administrator (NAIA Eligibility Center) authorized by the Council of Presidents.
2. If high school graduation or its equivalent cannot be ascertained then
age 19 will be used as the determinant. If no graduation date can be determined, the date of a student’s 18th birthday will be used as the date of high school graduation.
3. Unless specified elsewhere in the NAIA Bylaws (i.e. Article V, Section F, Item 10) no student shall be charged more than one season of competition during any 12-month period. Participation in elite-level competition after May15 shall be charged within the 12-month period that includes the subsequent academic year.
4. Athletes charged a season of competition pursuant to this paragraph must also comply with other applicable NAIA Bylaws, including Article VII (Amateur Rules) and Article V, Section C (Eligibility Requirements).
Intent: Establish a one year grace period following a student’s high school graduation during which a student will not be charged seasons of competition for elite-level competition outside of intercollegiate competition.
Effective date: May 1, 2013
Submitted by: Midwest Collegiate Conference
Co-Sponsored by: NAIA Competitive Experience Committee