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Legislative Q&A document available online

Dec 19, 2008 10:58:03 AM

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Division III’s annual Q and A document addressing 12 legislative proposals due for consideration at the 2009 Convention is available online as another tool to help delegates prepare for voting.

The 2009 NCAA Convention Division III Legislative Proposals Question and Answer Guide discusses ways in which each proposal would change current rules and addresses other questions about the implementation and impact of proposals scheduled for consideration during the division’s January 17 business session in Washington, D.C.

The Q and A document addresses the proposals in the order they are presented in the recently published Division III Official Notice and scheduled for consideration during the business session. The Division III Presidents Council has designated 10 of the 12 proposals for roll-call voting at the Convention.

The Q and A document, approved by the Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee, is one of several resources available online for use in preparing for the Convention.

Also available is a series of three videos produced by the NCAA membership services staff.

The first video addresses:

•         A proposal cosponsored by the Division III Presidents Council and two member conferences to require head coaches to be certified in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

•         A proposal sponsored by two conferences to provide an exception to the “tryout” prohibition that would permit an institution to host an event involving prospective student-athletes, as long as it does not involve a varsity sport sponsored by that institution.

•         A proposal sponsored by four conferences that would replace an existing exception to the “tryout” prohibition with a new one permitting staff members to be involved in an event sponsored by an institution, provided that the event meets specified conditions.

The second video covers:

•         A proposal sponsored by the Presidents Council to add equestrian to the Division III list of emerging women’s sports and remove from the list four sports that have not made progress toward gaining sufficient sponsorship for an NCAA championship.

•         A proposal sponsored by two member conferences to permit student-athletes in six sports to compete in one day of competition during the nontraditional season without losing a season of participation.

•         A Presidents Council proposal to permit tailoring a workout program to specific needs of an individual student-athlete while continuing to prohibit coaches from conducting such workouts  outside the playing season and requiring that the activity be voluntary.

•         A proposal sponsored by two conferences to exempt conference postseason championship tournaments from the requirement to give student-athletes one day a week off from athletically related events.

•         A Presidents Council proposal to permit an institution to conclude the fall nontraditional season on a date coinciding with the beginning of final exams, rather than the current established end date of October 30.

The third video addresses:

•         A proposal from two member conferences to establish an August 15 date for starting practice in fall sports.

•         A proposal sponsored by the Presidents Council to establish a uniform October 15 start date for practice in ice hockey.

•         A Presidents Council-sponsored proposal to reinstate a requirement that an institution’s team be charged with its once-in-three-years opportunity for a foreign tour if more than a limited number of student-athletes representing that institution participate on an outside team during a tour.

•         A membership-sponsored proposal to permit institutions to view NCAA data throughout a season related to criteria for ranking and selecting teams for a championship. (One of the two conferences that initially submitted the proposal has withdrawn its sponsorship, but the proposal was properly submitted and remains on the Convention agenda.)




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