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5 ways to get smart about college basketball reform

There has been no shortage of questions about the reform effort around college basketball in the past few months. The moment the Division I Board of Directors and Division I Council approved the legislative changes in summer 2018, hands started raising as athletics administrators and coaches began to figure out how to adapt. 

The NCAA national office has developed educational materials to help members learn and understand the changes. There are quick overviews and deep dives designed to help everyone from the compliance administrator who must know every detail to the coach trying to answer a student-athlete’s questions about hiring an agent. 

Here are five ways to inform yourself and others in your department about college basketball reform: 

 

ONE-PAGERS 

These graphical summaries explain various aspects of the reform legislation in simple, clear language and are in a format that can be printed and shared. Need to brief your basketball staff on the new rules regarding agents? There’s a one-pager for that. Want to better understand the changes to the infractions process? There’s a one-pager for that, too. A dozen topics are covered with more on the way. Find them at ncaa.org/college-basketball-reform-resources. 

 

Q&AS 

The one-pagers may not answer all of your questions, but there’s a chance a specific question will be covered in the series of Q&A documents that address various aspects of the reforms. These answers cover athletically related income and benefits, agents and advisors, degree completion and a half-dozen other topics. Find them under the Division I College Basketball Reform section at ncaa.org/governance/legislative-actions-and-issues. 

 

REGIONAL RULES SEMINARS 

This year’s NCAA Regional Rules Seminars in Indianapolis and Denver will include a college basketball reform educational track. The presentation will focus on summer basketball camps and various aspects of rules for agents, event certification, degree completion and more. Register at ncaa.org/about/resources/events/regional-rules-seminars. 

 

ONLINE AT NCAA.ORG 

Need a summary of the overall scope of reform? The NCAA’s website offers an easy-to-read synopsis of the legislative changes and why they were implemented. It’s perfect for educating staff outside athletics who need a general understanding of the reforms. Find it at ncaa.org/about/committed-change. 

 

IN-PERSON PRESENTATIONS 

Do you want to educate a group of your athletics staff and have the ability to ask specific questions? National office staff members have been traveling to conferences and member association meetings to present about the reforms and help athletics department staffs better understand the changes and their impact. To inquire about those opportunities, email Jenn Fraser, NCAA director of law, policy and governance, at jfraser@ncaa.org. 

 

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