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Monthly Update (Dec. 2013)

DECEMBER 2013 and JANUARY 2014

ISSUE NO. 102 - DECEMBER 2013 and JANUARY 2014


This update is a tool to enhance communication between the NCAA national office and the NCAA Division III membership, with distribution to directors of athletics, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives, presidents, national SAAC, conference commissioners and the NADIIIAA listserve.  We encourage directors of athletics to share this communication with their athletics department members.  Please contact Louise McCleary at to include an item or share comments, and remember to log in to the Division III governance homepage for the latest news and information.



VIDEO: PROPOSED SPORTS SAFETY PACKAGE - TEAM PHYSICIAN.  The NCAA’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brian Hainline, discusses the importance of the proposed 2014 sports safety package and specifically the designated team physician component.  Click  here to watch the five-minute video.  [Note:  A closed caption version will be posted by the end of December].

RECRUITING WORKING GROUP SURVEY RESULTS .  The NCAA Division III Recruiting Working Group developed nine potential rule changes and policy initiatives for consideration by the Division III membership.  Web-based surveys were distributed to all major constituent groups – presidents and chancellors, persons to whom the director of athletics reports, directors of athletics, associate and assistant directors of athletics, faculty athletics representatives, coaches of all sports and conference commissioners – at all Division III institutions and conferences.  Campus and conference personnel who don’t hold one of these titles were solicited as well.

For each concept, the survey participant was provided information detailing the relevant NCAA bylaws, important background information and other points to consider.  From there they were asked a series of questions about their interest in supporting the concept, key policy points and its potential impact on institutional enrollment management, coaches and student-athletes.  Click  here for a summary of the survey results.

NEW  In a move designed to improve efficiency and reduce frustration for users, and NCAAConnect will merge January 1, 2014.  Click here for the full release.  The new will feature better navigation and an improved search function, as well as be more visually appealing.  The needed change is part of a strategic initiative to better meet the needs of the NCAA’s various audiences. 

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT TIMELINE.  Click  here for a timeline of Division III Committee appointments. 

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.  The Division III Governance staff has received several questions regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in relation to employees.  While the NCAA doesn’t have all the answers, this  guide is intended to provide information to help employers understand their obligations and opportunities as the heart of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  This law is complicated, and each employer will need to base its decisions on its particular situation.  Division III and II will be hosting an educational session from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 16, on this topic.


DIVISION III FARA FORUM.  At the recently concluded FARA Annual Meeting and Symposium , the assembled FARs reviewed the preliminary report of the NCAA Division III Legislative Review Committee and developed their final positions.  To see the official positions and the rationale for establishing those positions, and to post comments on specific pieces of legislation, click here.  To view a pdf of theDivision III FARA LRC Final Report click here.



SPOTLIGHT POLL.  The NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll is a story-telling initiative located on  It features three new stories per month – each highlighting a Division III and Special Olympics joint activity or event.  The story with the highest number of votes on the 25th day of each month is the winner.  That institution or conference will be given $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event.  Other perks for winning include being recognized in the Division III Monthly Newsletter and on the Division III Special Olympics website.  Both written and digital (video, photo book, etc.) submissions will be accepted.  Featured stories are selected based on inclusion of the student-athlete perspective and Division III messaging.  To submit a story for consideration, please email

November WINNER

After 8,030 votes, Bridgewater College won the November Special Olympics Spotlight poll with 51 percent (4,069) of the votes!  Gustavus Adolphus College came in second with 46 percent (3,669) of the votes and the University of the Ozarks finished in third place.

December and January Nominees

ODAC Schools Volunteer For Special Olympics.

Haverford College Varsity Athletes Volunteer at the Special Olympics Fall Fest.

Click here to vote starting Monday, December 2.  The winner will be announced January 25, 2014.


SOCIAL MEDIA  The 40th Anniversary of Division III and 40-in-40 is underway! Currently the Division III homepage is highlighting the history of our division and also profiling some exceptional former DIII student-athletes.  Did you miss the stories from November?  Catch up on this month’s stories:

Winning the race
It shaped everything about my life
Lori Stich never stopped running
The poet in pads

NCAA Division III Facebook.   Be sure to check Facebook and Twitter for all the news you need to know about this championship season!  Check out the Facebook homepage to see national championship photos from DIII women’s volleyball, cross country and field hockey.

@NCAADIII Twitter. twitter to stay up to date with selection shows and championship recaps.ACADEMIC AND MEMBERSHIP AFFAIRS (AMA)



2014 NCAA CONVENTION.  The 2014 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 Division III homepage in the coming weeks for the most up-to-date version of the guide.  The 2014 NCAA Convention Division III Official Notice can also be found online.

VIDEO SERIES DETAILING 2014 CONVENTION PROPOSALS.  The academic and membership affairs staff will be creating a three-part educational video series designed to assist the membership in understanding the legislative content of the 2014 Convention proposals prior to voting.  The video series details some specifics with the proposals that will be voted on and provides the membership with a tutorial on how to read and understand Division III proposals and properly use all of the resources available in preparation for the Convention.  The video series will be available in late December on the Division III home page by clicking on the "Proposal Videos" link under Convention in the Quick Links box. 

NCAA MANUAL AND PUBLICATIONS.   The next e-Pub (electronic publication) of the NCAA Division III Manual will be available for download in February 2014 after the Convention.  This version will contain any adopted legislation since the last publication in July 2013. 

LSDBi PROJECT UPDATE.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  NCAA national office staff has been engaged in identifying ways in which Legislative Services Database for the Internet (LSDBi) can be updated to better serve its users.  This includes all facets of LSDBifrom entering proposals, to members searching for an interpretation or users researching an infractions outcome.  The LSDBi project team met with internal subject matter experts and now turns its attention to the membership perspective.  In the near future, the team will be soliciting feedback on potential enhancements.  Please consider participating as those opportunities become available.

Project Phase

Proposed Timeline

Requirements Gathering

Winter 2014

Design Solution

Spring 2014

Develop Solution

Dependent on completion of prior phases.






2014 REGIONAL RULES SEMINARS.  Registration for the 2014 NCAA Regional Rules Seminars opens in early March (this is a change from recent years).  The Regional Rules Seminars will be conducted May 20-23 in Atlanta, Georgia, and June 3-6 in San Diego, California.  The Regional Rules Seminar schedule grid and session descriptions will be available through the registration system and on the Regional Rules Seminar Web page at www.ncaa/   2014 Regional Rules Seminar Highlights include the following:

  1. Emphasis on fundamental legislative training, advanced application scenario-based presentations and navigating the academic and membership affairs processes. 
  2. Opportunities to engage with department representatives outside of academic and membership affairs.       
  1. Opportunities to provide feedback on issues of national significance.


Questions about the Regional Rules Seminars should be directed to academic and membership affairs staff or .   As a reminder, per NCAA Constitution, Division III institutions are required to send an institutional representative to Regional Rules Seminars once in three years.

SHOW ME THE MONEY.  Click  here for Association-wide and Division III specific grants

GRANTS.  Applications for both the Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant (Division III Internship) and Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant (Division III SAMG) are currently available on NCAA Program Hub. Grant applications and any supplemental materials are due not later than January 30, 2014.  Please feel free to contact Sarah Sadowski , Coordinator of Leadership Development, with any questions.



UPDATE: IN-REGION COMPETITION REQUIREMENT FOR 2014-15.  Effective for the 2014-15 academic year, the following contests will be considered in-region competition:

  1. Contests against schools within an institution’s defined membership region (NCAA Bylaw;
  2. Contests against schools within an institution’s established sports region;    
  3. Contests against conference opponents;     
  4. Contests against schools in any year of the provisional or reclassifying process into Division III; and          
  5. Contests against schools within a 500-mile radius (Note: Increased from 200-mile radius). In addition, postseason conference competition may not be used to meet the in-region competition. For sports with NCAA championships in the spring, institutions may exempt out-of-region contests conducted during one institutional vacation period (for example, spring break).

Information for institutions seeking a waiver to the in-region competition requirement for the 2014-15 academic year is now available.



Several committees conducted in-person meetings in November. 

Financial Aid Committee, November 11-12
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, November 17-18








December 3-4

Committees on Student-Athlete Reinstatement Meetings

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 6-7

Men 's and Women’s Soccer Championship

San Antonio, Texas

December 12-14

Committee on Competitive Safeguards & Medical Aspects of Sport

Indianapolis, Indiana

December 20-21

Football Championship

Salem, Virginia

January 15-18

2014 NCAA Convention

San Diego, California

January 15

Management Council Meeting

San Diego, California

January 16

Presidents Council Meeting

San Diego, California

February 10-11

Championships Committee Meeting

Indianapolis, Indiana

February 13-14

Interpretations and Legislation Committee Meeting

Indianapolis, Indiana

February 26

Men's and Women’s Swimming and Diving Selections

Indianapolis, Indiana

March 2

Men's and Women’s Basketball Selections

Indianapolis, Indiana

March 9

Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Selections

Indianapolis, Indiana

March 9

Men's and Women’s Ice Hockey Selections

Indianapolis, Indiana

March 14-15

Wrestling Championship

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

March 14-15

Men's and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships

Lincoln, Nebraska

March 17

Strategic Planning and Finance Committee Meeting

Indianapolis, Indiana

March 19-22

Men's and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship

Indianapolis, Indiana

March 21-22

Men’s Basketball Championship

Salem, Virginia

March 21-22

Women’s Basketball Championship

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

March 21-22

Women’s Ice Hockey Championship


March 21-22

Men’s Ice Hockey Championship

Lewiston, Maine