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Division III International Ice Hockey Pilot

2019-20 Parameters

During its April 2019 meeting, the Division III Management Council approved extending the international ice hockey pilot for a second year based on survey results from this year's pilot participants. With close to 80% satisfaction with this year's pilot and the membership's continued interest in having the Eligibility Center provide the participation review of Division III international student-athletes, a second year of the pilot will be conducted. 

To enhance the pilot and better inform the membership of the benefits and drawbacks of certification through the Eligibility Center, the council determined that certification should align more closely with the current Eligibility Center review for international student-athletes. Therefore the 2019-20 pilot will include several important changes, incorporating feedback from the first year of the pilot and reflecting more closely the actual experience of working with the Eligibility Center for amateurism certifications.  Specifically, the Eligibility Center will conduct the second year of the pilot through the Eligibility Center membership portal that is used for amateurism certifications in Divisions I and II. In addition, prospective student-athletes will contribute toward the cost of Eligibility Center certification.

2018-19 Parameters

At the request of the membership, the Division III Management Council endorsed that all Division III schools that sponsor men’s and/or women’s ice hockey will participate in a one-year pilot for the 2018-2019 season.  During the pilot, the NCAA Eligibility Center will conduct a sports participation review history of all international, first year men’s and women’s ice hockey student-athletes.

On August 1, 2018 or later, institutions that sponsor men’s and/or women’s ice hockey must submit the names of the international first year student-athletes on their men’s and women’s ice hockey rosters to the Eligibility Center at D3_hockey@ncaa.org.  Names must be submitted on the international ice hockey pilot roster.  Prior to submission, all players must be accepted by and have paid a deposit to the institution and completed the Eligibility Center’s free, online Profile Page to obtain a unique NCAA ID number.  

Upon receipt of the roster, the Eligibility Center will reach out to the international student-athletes for needed additional information to review their sports participation history.  The participation history review will include an assessment of the teams and leagues with which a prospective student-athlete participated, evaluation of any compensation or other benefits associated with athletics participation, evaluation of possible agent involvement and evaluation of delayed collegiate enrollment. Reviews will be completed in the order received and may require institutional involvement in order to address questions.

For institutions participating in the pilot, the Division III Management Council waived the requirement to complete Form 18-10c: General Amateurism and Eligibility Form for International and Select Student-Athletes, since the Eligibility Center will be conducting the international student-athlete participation review history.