KANSAS CITY, MO — The NAIA will move to a single division in both men's and women's basketball, effective for the 2020-21 academic year, with a maximum limit of eight scholarships for each.
According to the NAIA press release, the decision was approved by the Council of Presidents on April 16 at the 2018 NAIA National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
The task force also recommends a postseason format including 64 postseason qualifiers as well as a 16 team final site tournament to the National Administrative Council (NAC). The NAC will continue to study the recommended format as well as alternatives, including a 32-team final site model. A final format will be voted upon by the NAC, most likely in June 2018.
Previously, the NAIA had single divisions in men’s and women’s basketball until 1992, when two divisions were created to better accommodate a range of school sizes and the varying number of scholarships schools could award.
The men’s DI tournament has been held at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. for the last 17 years and it is anticipated to be contracted through 2020. It is also expected that the men’s DII tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., women’s DI tournament in Billings and women’s DII tournament in Sioux City, Iowa will continue at their respective host sites through 2020.