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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Southern Oregon returns to the top spot in the preseason edition of the 2021 NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Science & Arts (Okla.) garnered one first place vote in the No. 2 spot, while Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Oklahoma City and Marian (Ind.) round out the top five.

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.

2021 NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll (January 13, 2021)

RANK PREVIOUS WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] 2019-20 RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 NR Southern Oregon [15] 23-3 494
2 NR Science & Arts (Okla.) [1] 25-2 482
3 NR Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 12-1 460
4 NR Oklahoma City 18-3 446
5 NR Marian (Ind.) 10-2 430
6 NR Columbia (Mo.) 12-2 424
7 NR Mobile (Ala.) [1] 14-4 408
8 NR Vanguard (Calif.) 19-7 381
9 NR Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 14-3 362
10 NR Georgia Gwinnett 12-9 332
11 NR Campbellsville (Ky.) 12-7 317
12 NR William Carey (Miss.) 14-3 301
13 NR Hope International (Calif.) 18-9 284
14 NR Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 18-6 275
15 NR Indiana Wesleyan 9-9 271
16 NR Central Baptist (Ark.) 15-2 264
17 NR College of Idaho 13-7 235
18 NR Grand View (Iowa) 6-3 221
19 NR Warner (Fla.) 19-3 210
20 NR Morningside (Iowa) 15-6 194
21 NR Reinhardt (Ga.) 18-10 163
22 NR Saint Xavier (Ill.) 13-3 143
23 NR Corban (Ore.) 15-5 118
24 NR Indiana Southeast (Ind.) 19-2-1 115
25 NR Webber International (Fla.) 18-6 94
 

Recieving Votes: Madonna (Mich.) 79, Houston-Victoria (Texas) 77, Taylor (Ind.) 73, Georgetown (Ky.) 45, Baker (Kan.) 40, McPherson (Kan.) 36, Simpson (Calif.) 28, Concordia (Neb.) 23, Lyon (Ark.) 17, Oregon Tech 15, Ave Maria (Fla.) 14, Dickinson State (N.D.) 11, St. Francis (Ill.) 7, Arizona Christian 6, Bellevue (Neb.) 4.

-- Courtesy of NAIA

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