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First CAC rules seminar draws 120 participants

Dec 17, 2008 2:57:42 PM

The NCAA News

More than 120 coaches, institutional administrators, athletic trainers and other institutional staff members delved into Division III rules with help from an NCAA membership services staff member during a recent seminar hosted by the Capital Athletic Conference.

Ten or more representatives from each of the league’s nine members participated in the session, where Jeff Myers, NCAA associate director of membership services and Division III governance liaison, reviewed bylaws pertaining to recruiting, student-athlete tryouts, camps, clinics, and practice and playing seasons.

“It was excellent,” said Edward Hegmann, Mary Washington director of athletics and recreation, of the first such seminar in the league’s 19-year history.

Head and assistant coaches – including coaches of sports like football, which is not a CAC sport but is sponsored by institutional members – were among the participants.

The idea for the seminar was offered during last June’s CAC Board of Directors meeting, where several athletics directors from member schools reported the positive learning experience they had during sessions at the NCAA Regional Rules Seminars last spring in Boston and San Antonio.

“Professional development opportunities like this seminar will only help all of us perform our jobs at a higher level,” said Sean Sullivan, current president of the league’s board and assistant dean of athletics and recreation at York (Pennsylvania).

“NCAA compliance is a critical and vastly complex piece of the college sports experience. Keeping up to date with the numerous Division III regulations is a significant challenge. As a result, (the) seminar only underscores the CAC’s commitment to staff self-improvement and integrity-based decision-making at the institutional level. It was an important first for our conference.”

A significant portion of Myers’ presentation was devoted to answering questions from participants.

“There were some things I learned that coaches can and cannot do that I’ve never really had to deal with as a sports information director,” said Nairem Moran, sports information director at St. Mary’s (Maryland). “It was a very positive learning experience. I think Jeff’s presentation and interpretations will help everybody in the CAC.”

A portion of the league’s Division III strategic initiatives grant funded the session. Myers developed the program with input from the league’s board of directors and the conference office, including CAC Commissioner Tom Byrnes.

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