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By Gary Brown
Four of the five legislative proposals submitted by Division III conferences for this year’s legislative cycle received proper co-sponsorship by the Sept. 1 deadline.
Those proposals will join six others from the Division III governance structure to form the legislative slate for delegates to consider at the Division III business session Jan. 14, 2012, at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
One of the four properly sponsored membership proposals would regulate electronically transmitted correspondence (such as text messaging and instant messaging) between prospective student-athletes and college staff and coaches according to the same standard as telephone, email and fax correspondence.
That idea came originally from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and has since gained co-sponsorship from the Little East Conference.
The SLIAC/Little East proposal includes lifting the prohibition on correspondence through social-networking platforms to align more with their Divisions I and II counterparts. The Division III Management Council is sponsoring a proposal that opens up electronic correspondence in recruiting but keeps the social-networking restrictions in place (the Presidents Council has endorsed this proposal). Both will be considered on the Convention floor.
The Management Council referred the SLIAC/Little East proposal to the Interpretations and Legislation Committee and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to recommend an official position.
Other properly sponsored membership proposals for the 2012 Convention are:
The only membership proposal that did not receive co-sponsorship and thus will not be heading to the Convention was from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference and sought to eliminate the Regional Rules Seminar attendance requirement.
For a chart on all 10 membership- and governance-sponsored proposals, click here.