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 (men’s and women’s)

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 on more than 10 total dates.

Cross country (men’s and women’s)

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 (men’s and women’s)

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 (men’s and women’s)

12 meets

Tennis

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

Indoor track and field (men’s and women’s)

10 meets counted on the basis of an individual student’s participation in the meet

Outdoor track and field (men’s and women’s)

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

Volleyball

28 dates

Wrestling

20 dates

In the sports of baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track, volleyball and wrestling, an institution is allowed one exhibition competition per season. In the sport of competitive cheer and dance, an institution is allowed one cheer exhibition competition and one dance exhibition competition per season. The competition must meet the definition of an exhibition under Article V, Section B, item 6 of the NAIA bylaws. The exhibition competition will count as one varsity game, contest or playing date within the limits stated above.

Exhibition competition is not allowed in the sport of football.

For the sport of basketball, an institution is allowed one or more exhibition competitions per season so long as the total number of games, exhibitions and scrimmages does not exceed 32. For the sport of basketball, an exhibition competition will not count as a varsity game.

EXCEPTION: In the sport of tennis, the Fall ITA regional and national singles and doubles tournaments shall not count towards the student’s playing limits.

AND

Amend Article I Section F, Item 2 as follows:

2. The following number of scrimmage dates per sport will be allowed in addition to the maximum number of varsity games, contests or playing dates which an institution may schedule or in/on which a student may compete.

Sport

Number of Scrimmage Dates

Baseball

2

Basketball (men’s and women’s)

2

Competitive cheer and dance

0

Cross country (men’s and women’s)

0

Football

1

Golf

0

Soccer (men’s and women’s)

2

Softball

2

Swimming and diving (men’s and women’s)

0

Tennis (men’s and women’s)

1

Indoor and outdoor track and field (men’s and women’s)

0

Volleyball

2

Wrestling

0



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 dates 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