NAIA Softball Rankings

2021 NAIA Softball Rankings: Top 25 Final Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Raiders of Southern Oregon went wire to wire as the No. 1 team in the nation. The defending national champions claimed 18 first-place votes for a total of 529 final points in the final NAIA Softball Coaches’ Poll Top 25. Rounding out the top five was Oklahoma City, Science & Arts (Okla.), Central Methodist (Mo.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).

 Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second-place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
  • The frequency of the polls is bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) prior to the 2016-17 academic season. This change allows raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work between rating periods.
  • For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here.

RankLast WeekSchool (First Place Votes)Record

Final Points 

11Southern Oregon [18]45-3529
22Oklahoma City [1]39-3512
33Science & Arts (Okla.)44-6493
45Central Methodist (Mo.)48-5471
54Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)37-7464
67Indiana Wesleyan40-6438
79Columbia (Mo.)30-5423
810Georgia Gwinnett28-10400
912Marian (Ind.)43-11362
1013William Carey (Miss.)39-9357
118Hope International (Calif.)27-7343
1215Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)28-4338
1311Morningside (Iowa)40-7323
1414Saint Xavier (Ill.)29-2306
1523College of Idaho35-14299
1617Campbellsville (Ky.)37-11291
176Oregon Tech38-8273
1816Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)37-9257
1918Central Baptist (Ark.)27-11204
2021Ottawa (Kan.)37-5193
2125Reinhardt (Ga.)41-13189
22NRGrand View (Iowa)37-9163
2322Truett McConnell (Ga.)31-14143
2424Cumberlands (Ky.)41-16110
25NRMidland (Neb.)32-7109

Receiving Votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 84, Webber International (Fla.) 67, Rio Grande (Ohio) 58, Milligan (Tenn.) 47, Vanguard (Calif.) 33, Coastal Georgia (Ga.) 23, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 18, Warner (Fla.) 13, Faulkner (Ala.) 12, Concordia (Neb.) 10, Cottey (Mo.) 10, Taylor (Ind.) 7, Madonna (Mich.) 7, Indiana Southeast (Ind.) 7, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 4, Simpson (Calif.) 4, Jamestown (N.D.) 3