2015 NCAA Convention. The 2015 NCAA Convention Division III Proposals Questions and Answer Guide is now available online. The guide will be updated as additional questions arise. Please visit the Convention Legislative Actions and Issues page in the coming weeks for the most up-to-date version of the guide. The 2015 NCAA Convention Division III Official Notice can also be found online.
Rule of the Month. In Division III, under current NCAA legislation, a student-athlete's name or picture cannot be used to promote or to solicit funds for a commercial product or service of any kind. This prohibition applies to traditional, brick-and-mortar businesses, commercial websites, for-profit crowdfunding sites and other online businesses that seek to use a student-athlete's name, picture or likeness for any commercial purpose (e.g., promotion, generation of revenue). Further, a student-athlete may not use his or her name, picture or athletics reputation to solicit funds through a personal online profile or crowdfunding site. For additional information on issues related to crowdfunding, refer to an Educational Column published November 6, 2014.
DIII Interpretive Request Resource. The Division III staff has created an educational resource to assist institutions in assessing the time-sensitivity of an interpretive question. The resource is a reference document that explains the characteristics of emergency, urgent, and standard interpretive questions and provides information on the most efficient method to request a response to each type of question. There is also information about how long it typically takes institutions to receive an answer to a question. The Interpretive Request resource can be found on the compliance documents page on NCAA.org.
2015 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum designed and produced by NCAA Leadership Development, will take place in Orlando, Florida, April 9-12, 2015. Selected student-athletes return to campus with invaluable leadership skills; the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles; and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC). This year, the Leadership Forum is open to student-athletes from active Division IIII institutions in Region 3. For a list of eligible institutions, click here. Attendance at the Leadership Forum is at no cost to the participants or institutions. For more information about the 2015 Leadership Forum, please visit the program webpage. If you have additional questions please contact Justin Paysinger, assistant director of leadership development.
Men’s Lacrosse Helmets. The NCAA has been informed by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) that two lacrosse helmet models currently available in the marketplace, the Cascade Model R and the Warrior Regulator, do not meet the applicable NOCSAE helmet standard, ND041. Accordingly, NOCSAE has voided the manufacturers’ NOCSAE certification for each of those two models, effective immediately.
NCAA men’s lacrosse rules require that helmets meet NOCSAE standards to qualify as permissible equipment for NCAA competition. Accordingly, in light of NOCSAE’s decision, the Cascade Model R and the Warrior Regulator models may not be used in NCAA-sanctioned competition, unless and until the manufacturers develop and implement a NOCSAE-approved fix to render the certification valid. Furthermore, because the NOCSAE certification is widely recognized as a minimal standard for lacrosse helmet safety, the NCAA recommends that these helmets not be used for any lacrosse activity, including practice and recreational events. Click here to read the full NOCSAE release.