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NCAA Speaking Engagement Criteria

NCAA staff will consider the following when responding to speaking-engagement requests from entities other than member conferences:

  • The type of group making the request (e.g., state high school academic association, coaches association, amateur-athletics organization).
  • The date of the speaking engagement.[Note:Blackout periods occur during regional seminars, waiver season (last week of July through September 20), NCAA convention, Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet meetings, and NCAA Final Four {with exception of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)}.]
  • The number of expected participants.
  • The topic of the requested presentation.
  • Whether appropriate staff members are available for the date(s) requested.

Type of Group

  • National Professional Groups [e.g., National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (NAAAA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA)].
  • Collegiate Coaching Groups [e.g., American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), WBCA, Black Coaches Association (BCA), NABC].

NCAA membership services may assign one speaker(s) per year provided:

  • The event does not occur during a blackout period;
  • The event can confirm at least 100 attendees;
  • The request is submitted and a topic is designated at least 60 days in advance of the event; and
  • Availability of appropriate staff members.

High-School Groups

National

The NCAA reviews such requests on a case-by-case basis.The following factors will be considered:

  • The date of the event(i.e., the event does not occur during a blackout period);
  • Whether the event can confirm at least 100 attendees;
  • The request is submitted and a topic is designated at least 60 days in advance of the event; and
  • Availability of appropriate staff members.

Regional

The NCAA reviews requests by regional high-school groups with at least 200 attendees on a case-by-case basis.The following factors will be considered:

  • The date of the event (i.e., the event does not occur during a blackout period);
  • The request is submitted and a topic is designated at least 60 days in advance of the event; and
  • Availability of appropriate staff members.

[Note:Organizers of an event with fewer than 200 attendees will be referred to individuals in region with knowledge of NCAA rules.]

State

  • The NCAA will refer all such speaking-engagement requests to individuals in region with knowledge of NCAA rules.

Local Events (within the Indianapolis metro area)

The NCAA may staff selected local events; however, such requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The following factors will be considered:

  • The date of the event (i.e., the event does not occur during a blackout period);
  • Whether the event can confirm at least 100 attendees;
  • The request is submitted and a topic is designated at least 60 days in advance of the event; and
  • Availability of appropriate staff members.

All Other Groups

The NCAA will review speaking-engagement requests from organizations other than those mentioned above on a case-by-case basis. However, greater flexibility will be used when considering a request for a presentation on initial-eligibility rules.