eligibility compliance

Eligibility Compliance Introduction


Athletic compliance includes the allowed number of years (seasons) of competition, terms of eligibility, and specific standards for incoming freshman, transfers, and continuing students.  The following is a brief representation of the standards established by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics:


Students are allowed only four years of competition at any level (participation at previous institution(s) will be considered when calculating the four years).  Students must maintain their amateur status.  Students have 10 terms (a term is full-time enrollment in 12 credits hours or more) of which they can compete for 8 terms (four years). 

Enrollment in a term at another institution whereby athletics may not exist will still count toward the allowed number of terms to compete.


1.  Incoming Freshman must meet two of the following three requirements:

  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) upon graduation (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Graduate in the top 50% (percentile) of your senior class
  • Earn a score on the following college entrance exams; with the exam completed on a national testing date.  Residual and practice ACT and/or SAT scores are not accepted for eligibility purposes.
    • ACT of 18 or higher
    • SAT of 860 or higher (utilizing only the critical reading and math sections)

2.  Transfer Students

  • Four-on-Four transfer (from one four-year institution to Haskell)
    • Competed at immediate previous institution:  16-week residency required
    • Never competed at immediate previous institution:  No residency period
    • Immediate previous institution "releases" student (student must have a 2.0 GPA on release):  No residency period
  • Two-year institution transfer
    • Only attended a two-year institution:  No residency period
  • NAIA conference transfer
    • Within conference:  Conference rules apply

3.  Continuing Students

  • Must meet the 9 credit hour rule:  Pass 9 credit hours in the immediate previous term; applies to the student in their 2ndterm of attendance (in essence, you must pass 9 hours in your 1stterm of attendance as a condition of eligibility).
  • Must meet the 12 credit hour rule:  Enrolled at all times in at least 12 credit hours, without repeat enrollment in courses previously passed
  • Must meet the 24 hour rule:  Pass 24 credit hours in the previous two full terms (enrollment of 12 credit hours or more per tem), without repeat enrollment in courses previously passed
  • Must meet the progress rule:  Successful completion of academic terms
    • 24 hours – sophomore season (upon entering 2ndyear of participation)
    • 48 hours – junior season (upon entering 3rdyear of participation)
      • 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • 72 hours – senior season (upon entering 4thyear of participation)
      • 48 of the 72 hours must be in general education or in the specific field of study
      • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Summer and non-term hours:  Students are allowed to enroll in 12 hours in the immediately preceding summer school session.  The 12 hours may go toward the 24 hour rule.

Additional eligibility information can be found on the NAIA website at


Event Ticker: