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DII Administrative Committee extends recruiting dead period to May 31

Group declines to expand eligibility for winter sport athletes

The Division II Administrative Committee on Wednesday took more action around recruiting, eligibility, transfers and future Division II programming amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.

Recruiting

The committee voted to extend the current recruiting dead period through May 31, a move that was also taken in Division I. Institutional staff members are permitted to communicate with prospective student-athletes by phone or email during this time but cannot engage in in-person recruiting on or off campus. 

The committee voted to lift its restriction on issuing institutional athletics financial aid agreements beginning April 16. Earlier in the month, the committee issued a temporary ban on issuing these athletics aid agreements to align with the recruiting dead period through April 15. Committee members determined the athletics aid ban should not be continued past that date due to mounting institutional concerns around enrollment management and the need for schools to more effectively plan for the next academic year.

Eligibility

The committee declined to issue relief for the use of a season of competition or provide an extension of eligibility for Division II student-athletes in winter sports.

The decision on winter sport student-athletes follows the committee’s March 13 decision to grant an additional season of competition and extended eligibility to Division II spring sport student-athletes. Earlier in the week, Division I made the same decision to provide relief for spring sport student-athletes but not extend the relief to winter sport student-athletes.

The committee determined that Division II winter sport student-athletes had a meaningful participation opportunity, having completed their full regular seasons and conference championships before the COVID-19 cancellations took effect.

Transfers

The committee recommended providing the enforcement staff additional authority to address COVID-19-related challenges with the NCAA Transfer Portal and permission-to-contact violations. For example, schools that fail to provide permission to contact within the legislated time frame of 14 consecutive calendar days may temporarily be granted flexibility from normal enforcement penalties. Student-athletes still automatically would be granted permission to contact by default. Also, for violations of contacting a student-athlete who does not have permission to contact, staff will have flexibility to apply enhanced enforcement penalties for tampering.

Upcoming programs

The committee voted to cancel the following in-person programs that were slated to occur later in 2020:

  • Faculty Athletics Representative Institute.
  • Identity Workshop.
  • Internship grant orientation.
  • Division II Athletics Directors Association mentor program.
  • New athletics director orientation.
  • Compliance professional development workshop with the National Association for Athletics Compliance.

Division II staff will determine which of the programs can be continued in an online format.

The Administrative Committee is composed of the chairs and vice chairs of the Division II Presidents Council and Management Council and one additional member of the Presidents Council. The committee is tasked with handling important Division II business in between quarterly meetings of the Presidents Council. It will meet next by teleconference April 8 to continue discussions and take further action as necessary in response to COVID-19 impacts.

View the full list of actions taken Wednesday and throughout March by the Division II Administrative Committee here.