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DII Management Council advances three proposals

Presidents Council will consider sponsoring proposals for 2022 Convention

The Division II Management Council this week voted to recommend the Presidents Council sponsor three additional proposals for the 2022 NCAA Convention.

The Presidents Council will consider the proposals at its April 28 meeting.

Two of the proposals center on the mission and principles of the Division II infractions process, and the investigative and hearing processes. They will be included in a package of five proposals, three of which were already slated to be voted on at the 2022 Convention.

The Division II Enforcement and Infractions Task Force recommended the proposals. The task force was created to study the recent changes made to the Division I infractions process and recommend ways to enhance Division II’s process.

Finally, the Management Council also recommended that the Presidents Council sponsor legislation for the 2022 Convention to eliminate the option for a student-athlete to sign a written release or waiver declining the sickle cell solubility test.

Recruiting activities permanently allowed

The Management Council approved several legislative changes, including allowing certain recruiting activities that have been permitted via a blanket waiver during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Management Council adopted a proposal that permits an unlimited number of contactable uncommitted prospective student-athletes and their family members to participate in telephone or video calls and electronic correspondence with coaching staff members. All other publicity restrictions in Bylaw 13.10 still apply. 

Additionally, the Management Council adopted a proposal to eliminate restrictions on recruiting advertisements. Schools may produce any advertising or promotional material designed to solicit the enrollment of prospective student-athletes, provided the recruiting advertisement does not publicize interest in a particular prospective student-athlete.

“One silver lining from this past year is we’ve learned that some of the flexibility provided because of the pandemic should continue beyond it,” said Jim Johnson, chair of the Division II Management Council and director of athletics at Pittsburg State. “These changes were welcomed by the membership and identified as ways to support Division II schools and student-athletes.”

Spring championship replacement policies

Similar to changes made before the 2021 winter championships, the Management Council approved a replacement policy for this year’s Division II spring championships.

The policy covers scenarios should an automatic qualifier need to withdraw from a championship before the announcement of the bracket. It also details how those situations will be handled after the announcement of the championship bracket for automatic qualifiers and at-large selections, as well as scenarios in individual sports.