BYLAWS AMENDMENT 5

SUBJECT: COMPETITIVE CHEER AND DANCE SCHEDULING LIMITS

Amend Article I Section F, Item 1 as follows:

1. The maximum number of varsity games, contests or playing dates an institution may schedule is listed below. The number of junior varsity or freshman games, contests or playing dates scheduled during a given term cannot exceed the number of varsity games, contests or playing dates scheduled during that term. Further, no student may compete in a sport in an academic year in more than the number of games, contests or playing dates listed below (this includes varsity, junior varsity, freshman, etc.), excluding NAIA-approved postseason participation.

Sport

Number of Games/Contests/Playing Dates

Baseball

55 contests

Basketball (menís and womenís)

30 games. A student who participates in a varsity contest and a junior varsity contest, on the same day, and at the same location, is considered to have participated only in one game. A student is limited to participating in no more than 40 games.

Competitive cheer and dance

10 cheerleading contests and 10 dance contests. A student may not participate in more than 10 total contests.

Cross country (menís and womenís)

8 meets

Football

11 games, with a student limited to participating in no more than 15 contests. (This includes varsity, junior varsity, freshman games and scrimmages.)

Golf

14 matches/tournaments

Soccer (menís and womenís)

18 games played at any time during the sport season. Three additional dates to be played only after the fall term has concluded. The three additional dates may be played only during weekends and other nonscheduled class dates, according to the academic calendar.

Softball

28 dates

Swimming and diving (menís and womenís)

12 meets

Tennis

24 dates/tournaments and/or scrimmages (except for the ITA exception listed below).

Indoor track and field (menís and womenís)

10 meets counted on the basis of an individual studentís participation in the meet

Outdoor track and field (menís and womenís)

10 meets or (12 meets if indoor track is not sponsored) counted on the basis of an individual studentís participation in the meet

Volleyball

28 dates

Wrestling

20 dates



Intent: To establish 10 cheerleading contests and 10 dance contests as the maximum number of contests in which a competitive cheer and dance team may compete during an academic year and limit a student-athlete to no more than 10 total competitions within the sport, regardless of whether the student competes in only one discipline or a combination of both disciplines.
Effective date: August 1, 2015
Submitted by: National Administrative Council