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DIII Administrative Committee makes additional COVID-19 decisions

Championships banquets canceled, sport committees move online for 2020-21 academic year

The Division III Administrative Committee on Thursday approved a recommendation from the Division III Championships Committee to cancel championships banquets and move all sport committee meetings to digital platforms for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Championships Committee examined potential budget cuts at the request of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee in response to the budget shortfall caused by the cancellation of the remaining 2019-20 winter and spring championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to meet the division’s mandated reserve policy (50% of the annual revenue) through the end of the current CBS/Turner contract (2023-24).

By canceling the banquets for the upcoming academic year and moving all sport committee annual meetings to a virtual format, the Championships Committee is projecting a total savings of $440,000. The Championships Committee and sport committees will work with staff to explore ways to recognize award winners typically honored at the banquets. Adjustments are occurring in all three divisions.

The Administrative Committee also heard from the Championships Committee regarding other potential reductions in the division’s “supplemental spend,” which are championships expenses that are not part of the base budget, in the areas of ground transportation and a pilot program to avoid preliminary-round conference matchups. The Strategic Planning and Finance Committee will consider these reductions at a future meeting.

NADIIIAA request

The Administrative Committee approved a limited partnership grant of $10,800 to the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. NADIIIAA requested the limited grant to cover organizational management costs that will allow for continued services and benefits to Division III administrators.