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NAIA GUIDE FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT-ATHLETE25 National ChampionshipsThe NAIA offers both studentathletes the opportunity tocompete at the highest level inthese sports.Fall sportsMen’s Cross CountryWomen’s Cross CountryFootballMen’s SoccerWomen’s SoccerVolleyballWinter sportsMen’s Basketball (Divisions I & II)Women’s Basketball (Divisions I & II)Men’s and Women’s Competitive Cheer& DanceMen’s Swimming & DivingWomen’s Swimming & DivingMen’s Indoor Track & FieldWomen’s Indoor Track & FieldWrestlingSpring sportsDear Prospective Student-Athletes,BaseballWelcome to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, an association that boasts a proud tradition of intercollegiate athletics, academic excellence and character values.As you explore opportunities to PlayNAIA you will discover a community of nearly 300member colleges and universities, 60,000 student-athletes and an environment thatfocuses on athletic participation as one part of the total education process. Our membersaward more than 500 million in financial aid each year, compete for 23 national championships in 13 sports and offer a wide selection of academic and athletic programs.Today, the NAIA is an association that, above all other things, cares about and is focusedon student-athlete success – helping you to attain your education and athletic goals. Ourmembers utilize athletics as a vehicle to transform lives to build better futures.The NAIA is ready to assist you in taking that important first step in your college sports career. We invite you to registerwith the NAIA Eligibility Center at PlayNAIA.org. Once there, you’ll learn more about the opportunities that await you.Since the NAIA’s founding in 1937, we are proud of the many accomplishments of our current and former student-athletesand we look forward to the legacy you will establish in the NAIA.Men’s GolfWomen’s GolfSoftballMen’s TennisWomen’s TennisMen’s Outdoor Track & FieldWomen’s Outdoor Track & FieldInvitational sportsMen’s LacrosseWomen’s LacrosseMen’s VolleyballFind NAIA schools thatoffer your sport at PlayNAIA.org.Jim Carr, NAIA PresidentOPPORTUNITIES TO EXCEL IN COLLEGE SPORTSNational Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 1200 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 816.595.8000 NAIA.org PlayNAIA.org page 1

NAIA GUIDE FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT-ATHLETENAIA participation experienceWhat about financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans?In the NAIA, a student-athlete can compete during four “seasons of competition” within thefirst 10 semesters (15 quarters) in college. A season of competition is counted when youparticipate in one or more intercollegiate contests whether at the varsity, junior varsity orfreshman level. To compete, student-athletes must be enrolled in at least 12 hours everysemester or quarter and be making normal progress toward a baccalaureate degree. Theymust also meet freshman and/or continuing eligibility rules.NAIA rules on financial aid are straightforward. Each school determines how much aid itawards to an individual student-athlete. Under no conditions may anyone else provide direct financial assistance to any student-athlete. Scholarships, grants-in-aid or student loansare controlled by each institution through the same committee that handles all studentloans and scholarships.Financial aid to student-athletes is limited to the actual cost of: What’s different about recruiting?The NAIA recruiting process for both freshmen and transfers is less cumbersome, with fewrestrictions on the contact between a student-athlete and a coach. More frequent communication allows the student to become more comfortable with the school and athletics staff.TuitionMandatory fees, books and supplies required for courses in which thestudent-athlete is enrolled Room and board based on the official room and board allowance listedin the institution’s catalogOnce you have started your college experience by enrolling and/or attending classes,representatives from another NAIA school cannot initiate contact with you. This no-contactpolicy applies even if you have not started classes yet, but have drawn equipment andbegun organized practice.Each sport has an overall limit on the amount of financial aid it can award as full or partialgrants to students in that sport. For example, the overall limit in baseball is 12. Baseballscholarships can be awarded to any number of students (for example, 1 full scholarship, 10half awards and 24 quarter awards) as long as the combined total does not exceed 12.What if you’re interested in transferring to an NAIA institution? Because NAIA coachescannot contact you, you’ll need to take that initiative by calling or emailing them. Oncecontacted, within 10 days the NAIA institution must notify in writing the athletics director orfaculty athletics representative at the school where you are currently enrolled. They don’tneed permission to respond to you, but your current school must be notified that the contacthas been made.Limits on the total amount of aid that can be given to varsity athletes in each sport:Baseball. 12Golf. 5Tennis. 5Basketball (Division I) . 11Soccer. 12Track & Field. 12Basketball (Division II) . 6Softball. 10Wrestling. 8Cross Country. 5Swimming & Diving. 8Volleyball. 8Football. 24Academically gifted students can be exempted from these limits if they meet grade or testscore criteria established by the NAIA.Can I visit a campus for a tryout?Students are permitted a maximum of two days of tryouts throughout their entire career,and the tryout cannot interfere with school time. The tryout must occur on campus. If aschool has a policy for reimbursing all students for such visits, the same can be applied toyou as a prospective student-athlete.Questions for parents to ask about financial aidWhat about letters of intent? As an association, the NAIA does not have a letter of intent program in which students signa binding agreement to participate in athletics at a particular institution. Student-athletesmay sign letters of intent with an individual NAIA school, however, they aren’t obligated toattend that institution. That said, some NAIA conferences require their member schoolsto recognize letters of intent that are signed with other institutions within the conference.Please check with your prospective school to see if any conference programs apply. Admission standards for athletesTo participate in athletics in the NAIA, you must be admitted to the college or university under admission standards equal to or higher than those applied to the general student body.OPPORTUNITIES TO EXCEL IN COLLEGE SPORTS What types of financial-aid agreementsdoes your school have?Which campus representatives haveto sign off on the agreement for it to bevalid?What will the financial-aid agreementcover? Housing? Food? Books? Tuition?How long will the agreement last? A quarter/semester? A full academic year?If my son or daughter signs a financialagreement with your institution, can she/he sign with another school within yourconference without penalty?If my son or daughter quits the team after the season, will he or she continue toreceive the scholarship?If my son or daughter suffers a season-ending injury, will the financial-aid agreementbe honored?If my son or daughter becomes academically ineligible, will the agreement be honored?On your campus, who is responsible forchecking the student-athlete’s eligibility?Is there an academic support program inplace for student-athletes on your campus?Do you offer my student’s major?National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 1200 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 816.595.8000 NAIA.org PlayNAIA.org page 2

NAIA GUIDE FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT-ATHLETEDo I meet the freshman eligibility requirements?What if I didn’t attend a U.S. high school?If you will graduate from a U.S. high school this spring and enroll in college this coming fall,the requirements are simple. An entering freshman must:The criteria for alternative high school experiences and those outside of the U.S. are determined as follows: Be a graduate of an accredited high school or be accepted as a regularstudent in good standing as defined by the enrolling institution and Meet two of the three following requirements. If as an entering freshman you do not meet at least two of the three standards, you cannotparticipate in athletics for the first full year of attendance (2 semesters,3 quarters, or equivalent).MUST MEET TWO OF THE THREE1. TEST SCOREREQUIREMENTAchieve a minimumVIEWIMPORTANTofAN18 onthe ACTUPDATEONNAIAor 860 on theSAT.TEST SCORE STANDARDSEffective May 25, 2016 the NAIATestsmust itsbeSATtakenon astanstate,hasrevisedscorenational or international testingdards for initial eligibility.date; scores must be achievedNew SAT score equivalency hason a single test. The SAT mustpromptedchange to 940 and crebe achieved on the Criticalationof anandexceptionfor affectedReadingMath sectionsstudentscompeteforonly. TheseekingWritingtoscorecannotthefirst timein 2016-17.Antheevalube used.Youmust passstandardizedpriorscoresto theisationof impactteston ACTterm in which you want tounderway.2. HIGH SCHOOLGPA REQUIREMENT3. CLASS RANKREQUIREMENTAchieve a minimumoverall high schoolgradepoint average of 2.0on a 4.0 scale.Graduate in the tophalf of your highschool class.The NAIA accepts the gradepoint average determined bythe high school, provided it isrecorded and awarded in thesame manner as for everyother student at the school.If a student’s class rank doesnot appear on the transcript,a signed letter from theprincipal or headmaster, viceprincipal or guidance counselor written on the school’sletterhead and with theschool’s official seal, statingthe student’s final class rankposition or percent may besubmitted.participate in athletics.When registering for the tests,students should indicate theNAIA code “9876” to have theirscores sent directly to the NAIAEligibility Center.1. TEST SCOREREQUIREMENTVIEWAN IMPORTANTAchievea minimumUPDATEONtheNAIAof 18 onACTor 860on theSTANSAT.TESTSCOREDARDS2. HIGH SCHOOLGPA REQUIREMENTGED students are recognized as having met theGPA requirement.3. CLASS RANKREQUIREMENT(Not applicable)Home Schooled StudentsTEST SCORE REQUIREMENT— Home UPDATEschool studentswho have a 20 onVIEW AN IMPORTANTON NAIAthe ACT or 950 on the SAT are considered to have met the freshman eligibilityTEST SCORE STANDARDSrequirement.If a home schooled student completes a home schooling programconducted in accordance with the laws of the student’s state of residence,but does not meet the test score requirement, a home school waivermay be requested from the NAIA Home School Committee.International Students — must meet two of the threeGraduates of high schools outside of the United States or one of the U.S. territories.1. TEST SCOREREQUIREMENTAchievea minimumVIEWAN IMPORTANTof 18 on the ACTUPDATE ON NAIAor 860 on the SAT.TEST SCORE STANDARDS2. HIGH SCHOOLGPA REQUIREMENT3. CLASS RANKREQUIREMENTAchieve a minimum overall high school gradepoint average of 2.0on a 4.0 scale.Graduate in the tophalf of your highschool class.International students must provide their academic records inboth the language of issue as well as a certified, word-for-wordEnglish translation. See the NAIA Eligibility Center requirementsfor more on submitting international academic records.Learning disabilities. Students with diagnosed learning disabilities, who do not meet thefreshman eligibility requirements, may have their academic profiles reviewed by the NAIANational Eligibility Committee at the request of an NAIA institution.OPPORTUNITIES TO EXCEL IN COLLEGE SPORTSGED Students — must meet two of the threeNote: For detailed information about the process for international students, please see theNAIA Guide for the International Student-Athlete.National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 1200 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 816.595.8000 NAIA.org PlayNAIA.org page 3

NAIA GUIDE FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT-ATHLETENAIA Eligibility Center at PlayNAIA.org determineseligibility of all first-time NAIA student-athletesThe NAIA Eligibility Center, at PlayNAIA.org, is responsible for determining the NAIA eligibility of first-time student-athletes. Students must have their eligibility determined by theNAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA schools are bound by the center’s decisions.Every student interested in playing sports at NAIA colleges for the first time needs to register online with the NAIA Eligibility Center. This applies to high school seniors and transfersfrom both two- and four-year colleges.What information will I need to provide? You’ll create a personal profile with the basic factsabout your academic history and sports participation to date. You’ll need your current contact information, previous residences andaddresses, high schools attended and history of your sports participation during and after high school graduation. When you register for the ACT or SAT, include the NAIAEligibility Center (9876) on the list of places test scoresshould be sent. Ask your high school counselors to send the NAIA Eligibility Center afinal official transcript that verifies high school graduation, class rankand cumulative grade point average.What are the costs?Registration for students from theU.S. and Canada is 75; the international student fee US 130. Transferstudents pay 100. This is a one-timenonrefundable registration fee andincludes all services of the NAIAEligibility Center.As an optional part of the NAIA Eligibility Center registration process, students canparticipate in the NAIA Connections Service. This unique feature allows you to create acustomized Sport Resume highlighting your sports accomplishments, positions, events andhonors. Use the search to find NAIA schools that offer your sport, the type of college (location, number of students, public or private) and the academic areas that interest you. Thenindicate which schools you want to connect with, and we’ll send your Sport Resume directlyto them. NAIA coaches and admissions representatives will get in touch with you – andyou’ve started the conversation about opportunities to play sports in college!Early decisions for high school seniorsStudents, who have completed their junior year of high school and have at least a 3.0 GPAon a 4.0 scale and the minimum test scores required, may obtain an eligibility determinationbefore graduating from high school. Those students will need to request that their officialtranscripts after their junior year be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center and contact ACT orSAT to have their test scores sent directly.The registration fee will be waived forstudents with demonstrated need. Ifyou receive a fee waiver for the ACTor SAT test or qualify for the federal free or reduced-cost lunch program, contact your highschool counselor, who can provide confirmation of your eligibility for a fee waiver to theNAIA Eligibility Center. Transfer students can qualify for a fee waiver based on receipt of aminimum of 4,500 in Federal Pell Grant funds.Do I need to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center if I’m registering with the NCAA?Determining if you meet eligibility requirements for NAIA eligibility is separate from NCAAeligibility certification. The NAIA and NCAA are two separate associations, with two different sets of rules and certification processes.OPPORTUNITIES TO EXCEL IN COLLEGE SPORTSPlayNAIA.org connects you with NAIA schoolsRegister with the NAIA Eligibility Center at PlayNAIA.org.NAIA Eligibility CenterPhone: 816-595-8300Toll free: 866-881-6242Email: [email protected]: Monday-FridayTranscripts & Fee Waiver ConfirmationsNAIA Eligibility CenterP.O. Box 15340Kansas City, MO 641068:30 am to 5 pm CentralNational Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 1200 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 816.595.8000 NAIA.org PlayNAIA.org page 4

NAIA GUIDE FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT-ATHLETEWhat are the transfer student eligibility requirements?Who’s considered a professional in the NAIA?If you enroll in 12 hours and attend any regularly scheduled class at a two- or four-yearcollege and then decide to transfer to an NAIA school, the NAIA considers you a transferstudent, regardless of whether you participated in intercollegiate athletics.In the NAIA, only amateur students-athletes are eligible to participate in a given sport. Anamateur engages in athletics contests for educational values, personal pleasure, satisfaction, and for the love of the sport, not for monetary or material gain. If you become a professional in a particular sport recognized by the NAIA, you will be considered a professionalin that sport only and are ineligible for intercollegiate competition in that sport.If you’re a transfer who has never participated in athletics at an NAIA school, you’ll need toregister with the NAIA Eligibility Center at PlayNAIA.org to have your eligibility determined.Residency Rules if transferring from a four-year school — If you participated in anintercollegiate contest in your sport at a four-year school, you must wait 16 weeks beforeparticipating in that sport unless you: Have a written release from the athletic department at your most recentfour-year college Have a minimum 2.0 GPA from all previous colleges combined Meet all additional academic requirements and any conference-specificrequirements for transfersResidency Rules if transferring from a two-year school — A student transferring from atwo-year school has no residency requirement. If, however, you have participated at a fouryear college prior to attending a two-year school, you must have a written release from theathletic department of the four-year institution.24/36 Hour Rule — Transfer students are required to havecompleted 24 semester/36 quarter hours of institutional creditin their last two semesters/three quarters of enrollment priorto transferring.Progress Rule — If you’re a transfer student who has alreadyused one or more of your four seasons of competition in college sports, you will need to show completion of the followingbefore you can compete:The following will cause a student to lose amateur standing: Signing a contract with any professional team or entering into an agreement to compete in professional athletics, with either a professionalsports organization or with any individual or group of individuals authorized to represent the athlete with a professional sports organization Participating in any athletics contest as a professional or as a teammember where you receive reimbursement, directly or indirectly, exceeding the actual expenses of travel, meals and lodging Receiving remuneration for any appearance or advertisement/promotion that references the student’s collegiate institution or intercollegiateathletic participation.How long can I compete?In the NAIA, a “season of competition” is counted when you participate in one ormore intercollegiate contests whether at the varsity, junior varsity or freshmanlevel. Student-athletes can compete during four seasons of competition within thefirst 10 semesters (15 quarters) they are in college. For transfers, seasonsof competition at the previous institution(s) are determined under the rulesof the association (such as the NCAA, NJCAA, etc.) under which youcompeted previously.What happens if I suffer an injury during college? Second season: 24 semester/36 quarter institutionalcredit hours Third season: 48 semester/72 quarter institutionalcredit hours Fourth season: 72 semester/108 quarter institutional credit hours(including 48 semester/72 quarter hours in general education or yourIf as a student athlete you suffer a season-ending injury or illness, NAIA rulesprovide for a way to deal with the loss of the opportunity to compete. Hardshiprequests must be verified by the medical doctor who treated you. The injurycannot have occurred in last regular season contest or during postseason, andyou cannot have competed in more than a specified number of contests. If granted, hardships restore a season of competition but do not restore any terms toward the maximum 10semesters/15 quarters.major field of study)OPPORTUNITIES TO EXCEL IN COLLEGE SPORTSNational Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 1200 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 816.595.8000 NAIA.org PlayNAIA.org page 5

NAIA GUIDE FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT-ATHLETEWhat if I’ve competed in my sport outside of college?Athletes who compete outside the traditional college setting can gain an unfair advantage,and the NAIA addresses this issue with its “competitive experience rule.” To ensure that students are competing against those with similar levels of training and experience, the NAIAevaluates a student’s competition outside of college. Participation in some leagues or levelsof competition can result in a reduction of the student’s available seasons of competition.Students are permitted to participate in non-collegiate competition during the 12-monthperiod after high school graduation. However, starting on the first day of the 13th monthfollowing high school graduation, the “competitive experience rule” applies. The rule appliesto students in three main situations: Students who take more than one year off between highschool and college Students who go to college but don’t play college sports forone or more years while enrolled Students who leave college for one or more semesters afterfirst enrollingA student can be charged one season of competition for each year of outside competitionafter the first day of the 13th month following high school graduation. A student will alsobe charged a season of competition for each year of intercollegiate competition regardlessof the date of high school graduation. The NAIA Eligibility Center, supported by ongoingresearch into both domestic and international competition, determines which leagues orlevels of competition in a particular sport are considered countable.Check out your resourcesPlayNAIA.org is the source for prospective students who want to learn moreabout the opportunities to play at an NAIA college or university. Check out theSchool Search and upcoming official NAIA recruiting Showcases where you canshow your skills and connect with NAIA coaches. The NAIA Eligibility Centerincludes information for prospective students, parents, high school and clubcoaches about NAIA schools, sports and eligibility determination. Explore NAIA Conferences. NAIA Legislative Services provides resources on NAIA rules and eligibility. National Junior College Athletic Association National Federation of State High School AssociationsJoin us on Facebook.Learn more about the NAIA student-athlete experience on our TwitterVisit the NAIA on YouTube.How do I remain eligible during college?NAIA student-athletes have to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours at all times and bemaking progress toward a degree. When you reach junior year (either athletically or academically), you have to maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Your eligibility is reviewed at theend of every term you are in school.Once in college, your best resource for eligibility questions will be your campus faculty athletics representative. The NAIA Official Handbook outlines all association rules governingeligibility and it’s available online at NAIA.orgOPPORTUNITIES TO EXCEL IN COLLEGE SPORTSNational Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 1200 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 816.595.8000 NAIA.org PlayNAIA.org page 6

OPPORTUNITIES TO EXCEL IN COLLEGE SPORTS National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 1200 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 816.595.8000 NAIA.org PlayNAIA.org page 1 NAIA GUIDE FOR THE COLLEGE-OUND STUDENT-ATHLETE Dear Prospective Student-Athletes, Welcome to the Nationa