COP Exec and NAC Decisions
Both the Council of Presidents (COP) Executive Committee and the National Administrative Council (NAC) met this week to review recommendations pertaining to fall 2020.


The following decisions were approved by the COP Executive Committee:

  • A student-athlete will be charged a season of competition when the student participates in more than 50% of the maximum allowable number of intercollegiate contests in any sport. Any participation in NAIA-approved postseason will result in a season charged.

  • Fall sport senior student-athletes who graduate after the fall or winter term may compete following graduation without satisfying the 12-Hour Enrollment Rule. The student is required to be enrolled at the NAIA institution in order to compete following graduation, but the institution and/or conference can determine appropriate standards regarding the number or type of credits in which the student must be enrolled. 

  • Subject to approval by the institution’s home conference and the AII, an institution could join the AII as a per-sport member for 2020-21 even if the institution’s home conference sponsors the sport in question.

  • A team may exceed the traditional limitation of three break periods within its 24-week season, and use an unlimited number of break periods. 

  • The three additional spring dates allowed in the sport of soccer will be limited to scrimmage competition only.

Details regarding these decisions can be found in the updated Scheduling & Competition FAQs and Legislation FAQs.


  • The NAC approved new national championship dates for fall 2020 sports. More details can be found here.

Cross Country - April 9, 2021
Football - May 10, 2021
Men's Soccer - May 4 - 10, 2021
Women's Soccer - April 27 - May 3, 2021
Women's Volleyball - April 27 - May 1, 2021

  • Due to the postponement of fall championships, institutions will be allowed to update and resubmit their Declaration of Intent (DOI). The new deadline for the DOI is September 15, 2020. Please email Nathan Doctor with any questions.

  • The women's beach volleyball invitational, which was originally scheduled for April 22-24, 2021, has been delayed for one year.

  • A new ratings concept was approved to accommodate the potential split dates between fall 2020 and spring 2021 for a single season. New ratings dates will be announced at a later date.

Details regarding these decisions can be found in the updated Championships FAQs.

The Fall 2020 Guidelines & Recommendations document is being updated to reflect the decisions that have occurred since July 1. The new version will be shared with membership next week. Please email any questions to