Seasons of Competition
2020-2021 SEASONS OF COMPETITION EXCEPTIONS
Q: We have a women’s soccer player in her home country who is unable to return to the United States in the fall 2020 term. She would like to compete in a local soccer league to maintain her conditioning. Will she be charged a season of competition for outside competitive experience? (Added 8/12/2020)
A student can only be charged one SOC during any 12-month period. Because the NAIA season of competition often becomes a de-facto “umbrella” under which other competition can occur without harm, this year’s uncertainty of if or to what extent a given sport will be played at any individual NAIA institution effectively undermines a student-athlete’s ability to accurately budget their competition.
2019-2020 SEASONS OF COMPETITION EXCEPTIONS
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.
Q: We have a senior outdoor track student-athlete who will graduate in May 2020, and now has one more season of competition. If she transfers and pursue a master’s degree at a different NAIA school could she use her final season of competition?
Q: When we are doing eligibility for the 2020-2021 academic year, how do we handle students who did not compete and were not certified with respect to the competitive experience form? It would appear that we have to do the forms for all spring sport student-athletes who were not certified this spring, which could include a lot of students. (Added 4/17/2020)
- NAIA Identification: Student was identified at an NAIA institution but not certified as eligible for one or more academic terms.
- Non-NAIA Identification: Student is transferring from a non-NAIA institution and was not charged a season of competition for every year in which student was enrolled full-time at a non-NAIA institution. If a student was not charged a season of competition during each year that the student was enrolled full-time at a non-NAIA institution, the student’s non-collegiate participation in that year(s) is subject to a competitive experience review.
- No Identification: Student has a break in continuous, full-time enrollment from any institution.