For any athlete signed to a college to play sports in the NAIA then needs to read these important steps. The process of being an eligible athlete to play was as easy as being accepted to a school. If the athlete met the academic and athletic requirements for that college, then they had sufficiently met the NAIA eligibility requirements, well they were the old days. As of September 1, 2010, the NAIA now requires all college bound athletic students to register with the newly formed NAIA Clearinghouse. Before being becoming an eligible athlete to play at an accredited NAIA school, athletes must now go to the clearinghouse website and submit personal information as well as test scores and transcripts to be cleared to compete in the NAIA.
To be become an eligible athlete in the NAIA sports, an athlete must achieve a minimum score of 860 on the SAT, a minimum of 18 on the ACT, finish in the top half of his graduating class, and maintain a GPA of 2.00 (C grade for international student athletes). By satisfying any 2 of these new requirements, an athlete will be eligible to compete in the NAIA system. The difference between the NCAA rules is that they used a sliding scale that allows athletes to get a minimum score on their tests as long as they achieve a high GPA, the NAIA requires only that you meet two of their requirements and you will be cleared. The NCAA allows athletes to combine the best results from multiple tests into one score, the score that an athlete submits to the NAIA website must be achieved on the same test.
You will also need to pay the $60 fee ($85 for international students) and meet two of the aforementioned requirements. Much like the NCAA, the NAIA clearinghouse can take up to six months to clear an athlete. The sooner you can register, the better your chance of being cleared on time. When you have been cleared, you will have access to more than 300 member institutions throughout the US and Canada. The NAIA governs over more than 60,000 athletes in 23 sports, with more than $450 million in available scholarships. Many athletes and families enjoy the small-school atmosphere of NAIA schools, as most of them are private institutions with fewer than 10,000 students. Although the NAIA offers many benefits than the larger NCAA does not, its smaller size will make the NAIA less accessible and more difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. The NAIA is not for everyone, but for athletes that want to compete in the NAIA we hope this information proves useful.
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