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Presidents support medical certification for coaches

Aug 8, 2008 8:46:26 AM

By Jack Copeland
The NCAA News

The Division III Presidents Council will join a conference in asking the division’s membership to require all head coaches to be certified in first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator.

The proposal also is supported by the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which asked the Council to support the New England Women’s and Men’ Athletic Conference’s proposal to require sport-safety certification.

The SAAC urged the Council to support the requirement in order to establish a “minimum benchmark” for responding to student-athletes’ medical emergencies. Previous efforts supported by the student-athletes to require the presence of certified personnel at athletics activities and require familiarity with emergency plan-activation policies have been rejected by the membership.

The Council, meeting Thursday in Indianapolis, agreed to sponsor a total of seven proposals for a membership vote at the 2009 Convention, including the proposal it is cosponsoring with the NEWMAC.

It also agreed to sponsor proposals to add equestrian to Division III’s emerging-sports list and to remove from that list four sports – archery, badminton, synchronized swimming and team handball – that have not progressed toward gaining enough programs to achieve NCAA championships status.

If approved by the membership in January, Division III schools would be permitted to sponsor an equestrian team under NCAA rules and count it toward meeting sport-sponsorship requirements. If enough Division III programs decide to do so, they eventually could join with programs in Divisions I and II -- which already have granted emerging-sport status -- in achieving the required 40 programs for creating an NCAA championship.

The Council also will sponsor proposals 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, and to establish a uniform October 15 start date for practice in ice hockey.

Earlier this year, the Council decided to sponsor proposals to provide a workout program tailored to specific needs and limitations of an individual student-athlete (while continuing to prohibit coaches from conducting such workouts and reaffirming that the activity must be voluntary), and 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 the tour.

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