What’s different about recruiting?

NAIA Guide to the College Bound Student Athlete

For high school athletes

NAIA athletic recruiting rules are very different from other associations. If you’re a high school student, NAIA rules don’t restrict when or how often you and college coaches can communicate.

There's no college sports recruiting calendar or limit on the number of communications or what form they take ... phone, email, text or in person. NAIA schools want you and the coach to find the right fit.

 

Interested in transferring to an NAIA school?

Once you have started your college experience by enrolling and/or attending classes, an NAIA school cannot initiate contact with you. This applies even if you haven't started classes yet, but have drawn equipment and begun organized practice. (An exception is for junior college athletes who have completed the academic year in which they have used their first season of competition.)

As a student, however, you can reach out to an NAIA coach at any time. Be aware that once you contact a school representative, within 10 days they are obligated to notify in writing the institution where you are currently enrolled. They don’t need permission to respond to your inquiry, but your current school must be notified that the contact has been made.

Can I visit a campus for a tryout?

You're permitted a maximum of two days of tryouts at an individual school throughout your entire career, and the tryout can't interfere with school time. The tryout must occur on campus. If a school has a policy for providing or reimbursing all students for such visits, the same can be applied to prospective student-athletes.

What about letters of intent?

As an association, the NAIA does not have a letter of intent program in which students sign a binding agreement to participate in athletics at a particular school. Student-athletes may sign letters of intent with an individual NAIA school, however, they aren’t obligated to attend that institution. That said, some NAIA conferences require their member schools to recognize letters of intent that are signed with other schools within the conference. Please check with your prospective school to see if any conference programs apply.

Admission standards for athletes

To participate in athletics in the NAIA, you must be admitted to the college or university under admission standards equal to or higher than those applied to the general student body.

Check out NAIA schools

The NAIA has hundreds of campuses in the U.S. and Canada. Find one that's right for you.

Attend a Showcase

NAIA Showcase events are one-day, one-stop recruiting opportunities to showcase your skills in front of NAIA coaches.

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