General Eligibility Overview

There are a number of exceptions that are not included below. They affect a limited number of student-athletes. The general rule is take and pass 12 or more credits every term.

What is needed to be eligibile to practice

  • Be matriculated to Evergreen as a full time student at the Olympia Campus
  • Medical Physical completed and released to practice.

General Eligibility

  • Good standing at Evergreen
  • Registered for and passing 12 or more credits.
    • Exception: Prior to the start of the term you do not have to be registered. However, you must be registered for 12 or more credits for the term when it is in session.
    • Graduate students must be registered full time as designated by the graduate program they are enrolled in. Graduate students must meet a strict set of requirements including having graduated from Evergreen (as an undergraduate).
  • Must be eligible to compete against any outside person. This means that they are eligible by all rules and certified with the conference to compete.
  • Seasons of competition
    • Each student-athlete is allowed four seasons of competition in each sport.
    • A student-athlete is charges with a season of competition the minute you step onto or dive into the field of competition.
  • Terms of attendance
  • Student-athletes are only eligible to compete during their first 15-quarter or 10-semester terms of attendance.
  • A term is defined as:
    • Must be fall, winter or spring
    • Attempted nine or more credit (attempted is defined as having attended any single class while registered for nine or more credits during that term.)
    • Running Start terms are NOT counted toward the total terms of attendance.
  • Normal progress
    • Must have 36 credits to play the 2nd season
    • Must have 72 credits to play the 3rd season
    • Must have 108 credits to play the 4th season
    • Total credit earned is based upon what Evergreen accepts with the exception of the first term you attend Evergreen. For the first term attending Evergreen use the total college level credit as awarded by the previous school.
  • 36 credit rule --NEW for 2002-2003
    • "After completion of the second semester term or third quarter term of attendance and from then on, a student must have accumulated a minimum of 24 institutional credit hours in the two immediately previous terms of attendance in a semester system or 36 institutional credit hours in the three immediately previous terms of attendance in a quarter system."
    • Credit being transferred in from semester schools is taken at face value.
  • Freshmen
    • Running start credit is treated as High School credits for purposed of determining if you have to meet freshman requirements vs. transfer requirements.
    • Must meet freshmen requirements if you have not identified with a previous institution for two semesters or three quarters.
    • Must meet two of the three following criteria:
      • Test score
        • SAT score of 860 or greater, or
        • ACT score of 18 or greater
      • High school GPA of 2.0 or higher
      • Top half of graduating high school class
  • Transfers
    • Student-Athletes need to meet the transfer rules if you have been previously identified with another institution.
    • To compete immediately transfers must meet one of the following:
      • Not have played in the particular sport in question.
      • Transferred from a Junior College having not ever attended a four year institution.
      • Attended a 4-year, then transferred to a Junior College, then graduated from the Junior College.
      • Did not participate in the sport the last year at the previous institution.
      • GPA 2.0 or higher and written/verbal release for previous school.
      • Out of school at lease one consecutive year since last played.
      • Wait 16 weeks after beginning classes at Evergreen. Exception: You are not a transfer if, summer or less than nine credits in one term.

Coaches Resources

NAIA Scheduling Table (pdf) 

Other Resources

If you want additional information the NAIA Handbook is on the web. This is the official rule book. The above is a general reference and not the official rules.