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DII Administrative Committee addresses recruiting, voluntary workouts

Two-year college transfer waivers also among moves to assist schools during pandemic

The Division II Administrative Committee on Wednesday addressed policies and regulations pertaining to recruiting, playing and practice seasons, two-year college transfer requirements and financial aid. The committee’s actions continued its effort to assist Division II schools and student-athletes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recruiting

The Administrative Committee extended the application of a blanket waiver permitting student-athletes to be involved in virtual recruiting correspondence (such as phone calls or videoconferences) at the direction of a coaching staff member until the start of the school’s fall 2020 term.

The waiver applies to recruiting correspondence with three categories of prospective student-athletes: high school student-athletes graduating in 2020, two-year college student-athletes transferring for the fall of 2020 and four-year college transfers who have been granted permission to contact.

The committee also considered whether to extend the recruiting dead period, as well as allowing camps and clinics to be held even if the dead period is extended. The committee will decide during a future teleconference.

Additionally, the committee issued a blanket waiver to permit schools to produce any promotional material for purposes of recruiting, provided publicity legislation is followed. Schools are still prohibited from calling out a prospective student-athlete by name or making any overt mention to a prospective student-athlete.

Playing and Practice Seasons

The Administrative Committee adopted noncontroversial legislation to permit voluntary workouts at the request of the student-athlete in team sports until the start of the school’s fall 2020 term. The committee made this change to create more opportunities for student-athletes to engage with coaches. This legislation does not permit full team practices. Student-athletes in individual sports were already permitted to request voluntary workouts during the summer.

Two-Year College Transfer Requirements

Schools can now self-apply a two-year college transfer waiver for prospective student-athletes transferring for the 2020-21 academic year, the Administrative Committee voted, if four criteria are met and the student-athlete was enrolled in the necessary courses entering the 2020 spring term. The following criteria were included in the recommendation, put forth by the Division II Academic Requirements Committee:

  1. The student-athlete was on track to complete at least two full-time semesters or three quarters at the two-year college.
  2. The student-athlete was on track to satisfactorily complete an average of 12 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of transferable credit for each full-time term of attendance at the two-year college.
  3. The student-athlete was on track to satisfactorily complete the following transferable credit-hour requirements: six semester hours or eight quarter hours of English, three semester hours or four quarter hours of math, and three semester hours or four quarter hours of natural or physical science.
  4. The student-athlete has presented a minimum transferable GPA of 2.2.

Schools are still responsible for maintaining the currently required documentation on campus for progress-toward-degree waivers in the previously approved waiver checklist.

Financial Aid

The Administrative Committee issued a blanket waiver to permit institutions to reissue athletics aid agreements for the 2020-21 academic year to include a condition related to COVID-19. This includes cases when the aid agreement already has been signed. The revised aid agreements still must meet the July 1 deadline for renewals.

Schools can now reissue athletics aid agreements for the 2020-21 academic year, but only to add a term and condition related to COVID-19. Schools cannot change or decrease the scholarship amount.

The Administrative Committee is composed of the chairs and vice chairs of the Division II Presidents Council and Management Council and one additional member of the Presidents Council. The committee is tasked with handling important Division II business in between quarterly meetings of the Presidents Council. It will meet next by teleconference May 13 to continue discussions and take further action as necessary in response to COVID-19 impacts.

View the full list of actions taken Wednesday and since March by the Division II Administrative Committee here.