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Severe winters may force changes in DIII baseball, softball schedules

When winter seems reluctant to yield, it can prove challenging for some programs to play full schedules and for student-athletes to cram more athletic and academic responsibilities into a condensed time frame.

Schools double down on wagering awareness

To better understand schools’ current practices and challenges related to sports gambling education, the NCAA Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Wagering and a national office team of subject matter experts issued a survey to compliance directors in all three divisions.

Division III creates new LGBTQ awards

A trio of awards will recognize student-athletes, coaches and staff who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, as well as athletics departments or conference offices that foster inclusive environments.

DII Governance Academies to get makeover

Since 2009, the Division II Governance Academies have provided a foray into NCAA committee experience for nearly 400 Division II ethnic minority or female athletics administrators.

Fund aims to help DII schools add academic advisors

Starting in the 2019-20 academic year, Division II has allocated $150,000 in annual funds to directly support athletics academic advising positions on campuses.

Academic, athletics leaders to discuss impact of college sports on life outcomes

The summit is aimed at showing both sides where they can help each other improve the student experience for student-athletes and the general student body.

Effects of new strategic plan for women’s basketball will start to be felt this season

When NCAA women’s basketball released its new five-year strategic plan in April for all three divisions, the plan aimed to unify and grow its community.

Long-running debate over permitting snacks in DIII finally will reach a vote

A proposal that would have permitted Division III schools to provide snacks to student-athletes stalled last year, but members will soon get another bite at the apple.

New DII program encourages student-athletes to consider officiating

When Gerry Pollard addresses a group of men’s basketball players off the court, he often starts with a simple question: “Guys, what do you personally think about referees?”

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