What is eligibility certification?

Eligibility certification is required for all students before representing the institution against competitors not directly identified with the institution. This requirement applies to all participating student-athletes (varsity, junior varsity and freshman), and those student-athletes must appear on the institution’s official eligibility …

How long is the NAIA season?

24-Week Season. Any NAIA sport has a maximum 24-week practice and competition season regardless of a breakdown between varsity, junior varsity or freshman teams. In other words, an institution’s varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams share the same 24-week season.

Can you submit a varsity and junior varsity certificate separately?

There are no formal rules on submitting separate varsity and junior varsity official eligibility certificates. Institutions and conferences are encouraged to work together to decide whether varsity and junior varsity teams should be certified together on a single eligibility certificate or separately.

How many weeks are junior varsity and freshman?

In other words, an institution’s varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams share the same 24-week season. Therefore, a practice or competition by any one of the teams constitutes one of the 24 weeks for the sport.

Can varsity and junior varsity be certified together?

Institutions and conferences are encouraged to work together to decide whether varsity and junior varsity teams should be certified together on a single eligibility certificate or separately.

How many contests can a student participate in?

Student-athletes may play in both varsity and junior varsity competitions, but no individual student may participate in more than 55 total contests. The sports of basketball and football each have exceptions to this rule.

Does financial aid count toward varsity?

Financial aid to junior var sity participants will not count toward the institution’s allowable limits and will not be reported to the NAIA. In general, if a junior varsity player participates in a varsity competition, even briefly, that student’s institutional aid will be counted in the financial aid limits. However, if a situation arises …

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