BYLAWS AMENDMENT #3

SUBJECT: DECLARATION OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN NAIA POSTSEASON

Amend Bylaws Article I, Section L as follows:

No later than April 1 each year, each active member institution shall be required to submit to the National Office its declaration of intent to participate in the national championship program in all NAIA sponsored sports. Declarations apply to the academic year following the April 1 deadline.

Should an institution declare its intent not to participate in a national championship in any NAIA sponsored sport, it shall not be considered for participation in NAIA postseason competition leading to the national championship in those sports for that season.

NOTE 1: Postseason competition is defined as conference, A.I.I. or unaffiliated grouping qualifying events. Further, those institutions shall waive their right to be included in the ratings in those specific sports.

Should an institution declare its intent to participate in a national championship program in championship sports, it must honor that commitment if the team in that sport meets the qualification standards established and is selected by the appropriate affiliated conference or A.I.I. This regulation requires an institution to follow the commitment in each championship sport listed above to its conclusion, which terminates with a national championship, unless the following procedure is followed.

Should the institutionís chief executive officer determine that an earlier declared sport team does not meet institutional standards to participate in any postseason competition, written notification of this decision must be sent to the NAIA National Office at least four weeks prior to the beginning of postseason competition. Failure to adhere to these procedures shall require the selected institutional team to fulfill its obligation of participating in postseason play to its conclusion.

Note 2: An institution that properly declares its intent to participate in postseason play, and later removes itself from that obligation, shall count toward an approved qualifying groupís membership total for determining whether the qualifying group earns a single automatic qualification to the NAIA national competition. The institution shall also count toward any sport-specific minimum participant requirements for the applicable NAIA qualifying tournament. The institution shall not count toward the approved qualifying groupís membership total that enables the qualifying group to earn multiple automatic qualifications to NAIA national competition.

If an institution submits notification to remove itself from the obligation of participation in the postseason for a particular sport for three consecutive seasons, the institution will be placed on NAIA suspension in that sport for the following academic year. Suspension does not allow the institution to participate in postseason events in that sport. To enter NAIA postseason play, an institution shall be required to meet conference, A.I.I., and/or national entry deadlines and qualifying standards when applicable.

AND
Amend Article VI, Section C, Item 6 as follows:

6. Place any or all of the institutionís athletics program or staff on suspension for a specified time. Suspension shall deny the institutionís participants and/or staff member(s) in the affected sport(s) the opportunity to participate in any postseason competition. The specific sport(s) and their participants shall also be excluded from the national awards program, and all statistical services during the period of suspension. Institutional suspensions shall be listed on the NAIA website during the suspension period.

An institution that properly declares its intent to participate in postseason play, and is later suspended under the provisions of this regulation, shall count toward an approved qualifying groupís membership total for determining whether the qualifying group earns a single automatic qualification to the NAIA national competition. The institution shall also count toward any sport-specific minimum participant requirements for the applicable NAIA qualifying tournament. The suspended institution shall not count toward the approved qualifying groupís membership total that enables the qualifying group to earn multiple automatic qualifications to NAIA national competition.


Intent: To prevent an approved qualifying group from losing an automatic qualification when an institution in the approved qualifying group withdraws its intent to participate in NAIA postseason or is suspended from NAIA postseason after originally declaring its intent to participate.
Effective date: April 14, 2014
Submitted by: Golden State Athletic Conference
Co-sponsor: California Pacific Conference