Championships

Dates, Locations, AQ’s, DOI

 

FALL 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP DATES & LOCATIONS

 

A: The NAIA staff worked together with each fall sport coaches association Executive Committee to determine a set of dates that would be widely supported by the coaches in each respective sport. Additionally, the NAIA staff worked with existing hosts on potential dates to ensure their interest and availability to continue to host the championship on the suggested dates in the spring of 2021. The National Administrative Council (NAC) Executive Committee approved the coaches’ recommendations of the proposed dates and the full body of the NAC voted to approve each set of championship dates in a meeting on August 20, 2020.

A: Yes. Both the Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer National Championships are being relocated. The Men’s Soccer National Championship will be hosted by Columbia County at Blanchard Woods Park in Columbia Country, Georgia. The Women’s Soccer National Championship will be hosted by Foley Sports Tourism at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex in Foley, Alabama.

A: Yes. As approved by the full body of the National Administrative Council on August 20, the following calendars were put in place for the fall sport National Championships:

Cross Country
Conference Deadline: March 28, 2021
Selection: March 29, 2021
Release of Qualifiers: March 30, 2021
National Championship: April 8-9, 2021

Women’s Volleyball – Sioux City, Iowa
Conference Deadline: April 10, 2021
Selection: April 11, 2021
Release of Qualifiers: April 12, 2021
Opening Rounds: April 17, 2021
Final Site: April 27 – May 1, 2021

Men’s Soccer – Columbus, Ga.
Conference Deadline: April 17, 2021
Selection: April 18, 2021
Release of Qualifiers: April 19, 2021
Opening Rounds: April 22 & 24, 2021
Final Site: May 4-10, 2021

Women’s Soccer – Foley, Ala.
Conference Deadline: April 10, 2021
Selection: April 11, 2021
Release of Qualifiers: April 12, 2021
Opening Rounds: April 15 & 17, 2021
Final Site: April 27 – May 3, 2021

Football – Grambling, La.
Conference Deadline: April 10, 2021
Selection/Release of Qualifiers: April 11, 2021
FCS First Round: April 17, 2021
FCS Quarterfinals: April 24, 2021
FCS Semifinals: May 1, 2021
National Championship: May 10, 2021


A: The Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer National Championships were relocated due to scheduling complications with the original contracted hosts (Irvine, California and Orange Beach, Alabama).

 

CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS 

 

A: Yes. If conference sport participation numbers drop throughout the season due to COVID-related circumstances, the following automatic qualification thresholds have been adopted:

Conferences with 15+ members can drop to 12 members
Conferences with 12+ members can drop to 9 members
Conferences with 10+ members can drop to 7 members
Conferences with 6+ members can drop below 6 members

 

DECLARATION OF INTENT/ RE-DECLARATION PROCESS 

 

A: No. The national office has been tracking on the school and conference announcements related to fall sports. Because all NAIA fall championships have been moved to the spring, there is no need for schools to submit information at this time. The national office will request updated declaration of intent (DOI) information from all members in late August.

A: Yes. All member institutions will be allowed to modify or make any necessary changes to their declaration of intent documents to participate in postseason competition in each sport. The new deadline for members to make changes is September 15, 2020.

A: Pursuant to current policy, a school can undeclare from a sport without penalty, as long as they undeclare at least four weeks before the conference’s postseason play begins. If a school undeclares after the four week deadline, it is referred to the National Administrative Council for review.

A: Yes. Once all modifications to the declaration of intent documents have been processed, updated conference sport qualification plans will be targeted to be available on October 15, 2020.

 

WINTER & SPRING 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP QUESTIONS 

 

A: No changes to winter or spring sport National Championship dates have been made at this time. Our hope is that we will be able to proceed with winter and spring sports as normal, and no reductions in contest limits or changes to the championship dates will be necessary. However, we also understand that it is important to plan ahead for all contingencies. In the near future, the NAIA Council of Presidents, National Administrative Council and National Office and numerous councils and committees will focus our attention to winter and spring sports and contingency planning for those seasons.