BYLAWS AMENDMENT #7

SUBJECT: SEASONS OF COMPETITION

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section B, Item 18 as follows:

18. Season of Competition:
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 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: The date of a student’s 18th birthday will be used as the date of high school graduation if:

a. the date of high school graduation cannot be ascertained, or

b. the student earned a high school equivalency through the GED or other exam(s) without otherwise graduating high school.


| EXCEPTION 23: 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)

NOTE:
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 the date of a student’s 18th birthday will be used as the date of high school graduation.

3 2. 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 May 15 shall be charged within the 12-month period that includes the subsequent academic year.

4. 3. 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: To set a student’s 18th birthday as the date of high school graduation when the student earns the equivalent of a high school diploma through the GED or other similar exams.
Effective date: April 14, 2014
Submitted by: Competitive Experience Committee
Co-sponsor: N/A