Procedures for NAIA Member Institutions

NAIA Directors of Athletics

  • Make sure your coaches know about the NAIA Eligibility Center
  • Be sure your school’s info in NAIAHelp is current.
  • Use NAIAHelp to give your FAR and coaches access to create and maintain your Short List on PlayNAIA.org
  • Learn how your Short List is created and maintained.
  • Learn how to check whether recruits are registered and respond to those who are interested in your institution.
  • Tell your coaches to encourage  recruits to register!
  • Talk with your FAR — make sure everyone’s on the same page
  • NAIA Eligibility Center resource materials are designed to assist members when talking with prospective student-athletes

NAIA Faculty Athletics Representatives

  • Educate coaches — make sure they know about the NAIA Eligibility Center
  • Encourage prospective student-athletes to register early!
  • Educate local high school principals and counselors
  • Work with admissions and registrar — give them a preview to the NAIA Eligibility Center
  • Be sure your AD has given you access to PlayNAIA.org by updating NAIAHelp.
  • Make sure you know how your Short List is created and maintained in PlayNAIA.org
  • Review NAIA Eligibility Center decisions — check the work

NAIA Coaches

  • Spread the word with students you’re recruiting.  Encourage them to register early this fall and avoid the rush!  
  • Remind recruits to register for the ACT or SAT and include the NAIA code 9876 on the list of places test scores should be sent
  • Tell high school counselors and coaches about the NAIA Eligibility Center
  • Be sure your AD has given you access to PlayNAIA.org by updating NAIAHelp.
  • Learn how to build and maintain your Short List at PlayNAIA.org
  • Learn how to check whether recruits are registered and respond to those who are interested in your institution.

NAIA Conference Commissioners

  • Make the Eligibility Center a centerpiece of your conference education efforts:  tell ADs and coaches about the center and their Short List.
  • Educate local high school principals and guidance counselors about the Eligibility Center
  • Tell coaches:  encourage your recruits to register early!
  • Encourage ADs to use NAIAHelp to give FARs and coaches access their Short List
  • Encourage FARs to check signals with ADs about who has access to their Short List


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NAIA Eligibility Center

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