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DII Management Council supports replacing coaches test

New online program, Division II University, popular alternative for coach education

The Division II Management Council this week recommended that the Presidents Council sponsor a 2019 Convention proposal to replace the mandatory coaches certification test with required completion of modules in Division II University, the new online educational program launching this spring. The council also recommended five other Convention proposals in concept form.

The Division II Presidents Council will act on the six concepts at its meeting April 24-25 in Indianapolis.

The proposal to require coaches to annually complete modules in Division II University was recommended by the Division II Legislation Committee last month, after the committee reviewed a beta version of the online, mobile-optimized program. Division II University is intended to enhance coaches’ engagement and understanding of Division II rules and issues and is expected to launch in May with modules covering eligibility, recruiting, and health and safety. It will be a voluntary resource for schools unless the proposed legislation is adopted at Convention. If adopted, the Legislation Committee would determine annually which modules coaches would be required to take.

The shift to Division II University has been supported widely among Division II leaders since discussions began soon after the project was approved for funding in April 2016. On Monday, most of the deliberation among Management Council members pertained to penalties for coaches who fail to complete the required modules. Currently, coaches who do not complete or pass the certification test are prohibited from engaging in off-campus recruiting. The proposal being considered would maintain that penalty, while also prohibiting their participation in countable athletically related activities with their team until they complete the modules.

The Management Council will continue to discuss potential penalties at its summer meeting.

Management Council chair Pennie Parker, the athletics director at Rollins, touted the technological capabilities, the potential time-saving approach for coaches and the interactive nature of the modules as benefits of Division II University. “The opportunity to learn is increased,” she said. “As we continue to focus on health and safety, having those resources available is important and helpful for our coaches.”

The council also recommended sponsorship of the following:   

  • A proposal to permit a student-athlete to receive actual and necessary expenses (such as meals, lodging, apparel and transportation) from an institutional staff member to participate as a member of an outside team.
  • A proposal to eliminate the requirements that a student-athlete must receive written approval from the school’s president or chancellor, or his or her designee, before the athlete participates in a noninstitutional, charitable or nonprofit promotion. The proposal also would eliminate the requirement in equestrian, tennis and golf that a coach must receive written approval before participating in a private lesson.
  • A proposal to eliminate the requirement that a student-athlete must be academically eligible to represent the school in media activities. The proposal also specifies that a student-athlete shall not miss class for media activities.
  • A proposal to define and clarify academic misconduct before enrollment at an NCAA school.

A proposal to amend the NCAA banned-drug classes to mirror the World Anti-Doping Agency list of prohibited classes.