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2019 Convention legislation: Division II

Delegates to consider online coaches education, 7 other DII proposals

Division II delegates will determine the fate of eight Division II legislative proposals next week at the 2019 NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida. A representative from every Division II school and conference will vote on the proposals at the Division II business session beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern time Jan. 26. The national Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee also will cast one joint vote on each proposal.

In addition, Division II delegates will participate in an Association-wide vote at 5:45 p.m. Eastern time Jan. 24 to determine whether five independent members will be added to the NCAA Board of Governors. 

One of the most anticipated Division II proposals on this year’s legislative slate addresses rules education for coaches. Delegates will decide whether to replace the annual coaches certification test with required modules in Division II University, a new online education program that launched in spring 2018. The division also will consider a new health and safety survey, the timing of football and basketball camps and clinics, and weekly time limitations for team activities outside the playing season in sports other than football, among other topics.

Earlier in the week, Division II attendees will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions on Life in the Balance; addressing and supporting student-athlete mental health; retaining and engaging coaches; membership trends and creative solutions during difficult times; and esports. The Division II keynote session will occur Jan. 25 and will feature Jeff James, vice president and general manager of the Disney Institute. For more information on Division II events at Convention, click here.

Proposal Sponsor Division II committee position What would it change?
BOG-2019-1: Independent members on Board of Governors NCAA Board of Governors (Commission on College Basketball Association-Wide Issues Topical Working Group) SAAC: Support Would add five independent voting members to the NCAA’s top governing body, increasing the board’s size from 20 members to 25. The independent members would not be salaried by an NCAA institution, conference or affiliated organization. Read more.
2019-2: Pre-enrollment academic misconduct Presidents Council (Management Council; Academic Requirements Committee) SAAC: Support Would clarify pre-enrollment academic misconduct activities for prospective student-athletes.
2019-3: Eligibility exceptions for student-athletes who spent time in military, on official religious missions or foreign aid services Presidents Council (Management Council; Legislation Committee) SAAC: Support Would provide greater opportunity for international students who participated in organized competition while on active duty in their country’s military. The student-athletes would not be charged a season of competition for their athletic participation while serving. Participation in the United States and Canadian armed services already is exempt.

Also would exempt participation that occurs during time spent on official religious missions or while serving recognized foreign aid services of the United States government.
2019-4: Required completion of educational modules for coaches in Division II University Presidents Council (Management Council; Legislation Committee) SAAC: Support Would replace the annual coaches certification test with required completion of modules in the new online coaches education program, Division II University. Read more.

Would prohibit off-campus recruiting and the directing, supervising or observing of countable athletically related activities until the coach has successfully completed the required educational modules as determined by the Division II Legislation Committee.
2019-5: Annual health and safety survey Presidents Council (Management Council; Injury Surveillance Program Task Force) SAAC: Support Would require schools to complete a health and safety survey each year that focuses on the organizational and administrative elements of athletics health care delivery. Read more.

Would establish a delayed penalty for schools that fail to complete the survey beginning in 2022. Annual Division II enhancement funds would be withheld.
2019-6: Timing of football and basketball camps and clinics Great Northwest Athletic Conference and East Coast Conference Presidents Council: Support
Management Council: Support
SAAC: Support
Championships Committee: Support
Legislation Committee: No position
Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committees: Support
Football Committee: Support
Would loosen restrictions on the timing of football and basketball camps and clinics, which currently can be held only during the school’s summer vacation period. The proposed legislation would permit schools to conduct camps and clinics at any time. Read more.

Would prohibit student-athletes from working camps in all sports during the seven-day legislated winter break, to ensure student-athletes have time away from campus during the winter break.
2019-7: Medical services for student-athletes competing unattached Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference Presidents Council: Support
Management Council: No position
SAAC: Support
Legislation Committee: No position
NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports: No position
Would allow a school’s medical personnel to provide athletic training support or medical services to student-athletes who are competing unattached from the school at a competition site. Read more.
2019-8: Football spring practice period Great Lakes Valley Conference and Great Midwest Athletic Conference Presidents Council: Oppose
Management Council: Oppose
SAAC: Support
Championships Committee: Support
Legislation Committee: Support
Football Committee: Support
NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports: No position
Would extend the spring football practice period to permit 15 practice sessions within a period of 36 consecutive days, up from the current 29-day window. Read more.
2019-9: Weekly hour limitations for team activities outside the playing season in sports other than football Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Presidents Council: Oppose
Management Council: Oppose
SAAC: Support
Legislation Committee: Oppose
NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports: No position
Would increase the permissible time allotment for team activities outside the playing season for all sports but football from two hours to four hours a week. Read more.