Spring 2020 Eligibility




A: Due to the unforeseeable and uncontrollable events related to COVID-19 that resulted in the cancellation of all spring sports on March 16, the NAIA Council of Presidents, (COP) determined students competing in spring sports should not be charged a season of competition for the 2019-20 academic year. To be equitable, this policy applies to all spring sports teams on all NAIA campuses, regardless of how many competitions a team or student may have participated in, and even if the team/student participated in the fall. In its simplest terms, no NAIA student-athlete will be charged a season of competition for a spring sport in 2019-20.

A: No. The NAIA’s decisions to waive the spring sport season and to extend terms of attendance for spring sport competition do not apply to fall or winter sport student-athletes.

A: Any sport that has its championship in the spring. NAIA spring sports are baseball, men’s and women’s golf,  men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s volleyball.

A: By extension, the National Eligibility Committee has determined that no non-intercollegiate seasons of competition for spring sports will be charged from May 16, 2019 to May 15, 2020. This is in recognition of the fact that many students may have played in non-intercollegiate competition during the summer or fall of 2019 expecting for that play to be grouped into the same season of competition as the Spring 2020 collegiate season. Waiving the intercollegiate season but still charging for the outside play would prevent the students from being able to take advantage of the waived Spring 2020 season.

This applies to all student-athletes for any spring sport during the time period of May 16, 2019 – May 15, 2020, regardless of whether the student was identified with an NAIA institution at the time of competition or in the Spring of 2020.

A: As long as all of his competition on the summer team occurred on or after May 16, 2019, he will not be charged a season of competition for either this outside competition or his participation on your school team so far this spring. He will not be charged with any seasons of competition during this time period. However, if he played on the chargeable summer team prior to May 16, 2019 that could result in him being charged a season for outside competition since that participation could not have been expected to fit within the same 12-month window as the spring 2020 season.

A: No. The ability to waive Spring 2020 (or Winter 2020 quarter/ Spring 2020 quarter) is reserved for spring sport student-athletes only.