DIFFERENT ASSOCIATIONS AND HOW THEY WORK
(National Collegiate Athletic Association) Is the absolute largest organization within college sports in America.
The league is divided into three divisions; Division I, II and III. The biggest difference between each of these is mostly related to how a college decides to fund its athletic program.
Schools in Division I are usually larger in terms of student enrollment, budgets, and the amount of scholarships they distribute. The Division I programs do in general hold a higher standard of athletic programs, however, certain teams within division II are in many cases just as good. According to NCAA rules, the schools in Division III are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships. Abilities within sports usually help when applying to these schools and there will be academic scholarships available.
(National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Is a rapidly growing college sports organization that mainly comprise of smaller universities. There is only one division in NAIA and many of the schools have athletic programs just as strong as the ones you find in NCAA Division I and II.
(National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association) This is a league dedicated to junior colleges. You're only allowed to be part of this association for two years and if you'd like to continue with college sports you'd have to transfer to a school that's part of either NAIA or NCAA.