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DIII Presidents Council receives legislative recommendations

Oct 28, 2008 9:56:00 AM

The NCAA News

It’s the Division III Presidents Council’s turn this week to consider whether to support or oppose legislative proposals that member conferences are sponsoring at the 2009 Convention.

The Division III Management Council last week recommended that the presidents support three member-sponsored proposals, including a measure to permit student-athletes in six team sports to participate in one date of competition during the nontraditional season without being charged a season of participation.

The Management Council also recommended opposition to three proposals, including one that would exempt conference championships and postseason tournaments form the requirement to give student-athletes one day a week off from athletically related events, and another that would permit institutions to view NCAA data throughout a season related to criteria for ranking and selecting teams for a championship.

Any positions taken by the Presidents Council on proposed legislation will be the official position of the Division III governance structure on those proposals.

The Council also will discuss during its meeting Thursday in Indianapolis any feedback it has received thus far to a series of “white papers” on issues related to membership growth and diversity. The white papers were addressed to Division III institutional presidents and also made available to the division’s membership last month.

Council members also will receive a status report on Division III’s current drug education and testing pilot program. More than 11,000 Division III student-athletes completed surveys and nearly 2,000 drug tests were conducted during the first year of the two-year pilot. A report of the program’s first year addressing emerging issues from the pilot will be released to the membership in November.

A report of actions at the meeting will available Friday from the online NCAA News.

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