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Division III adds to emerging sports for women list

Acrobatics and tumbling and wrestling win approval while equestrian proposal is defeated

Two sports were added to the emerging sports for women list while one other was defeated in the Division III Business Session at the 2020 NCAA Convention in Anaheim, California.

Division III delegates approved proposals that put acrobatics and tumbling and wrestling on the emerging sports for women list, while the proposal to add equestrian to the list narrowly was defeated.

The equestrian proposal shaped more than 30 minutes of discussion and debate with 10 attendees expressing their opinions to the delegates. Those in support of the legislation argued to create new opportunities for women in the Association while those in opposition cited the need to resolve additional issues for current sponsors and how the sport in the NCAA would look compared with how it’s operated now. The proposal was defeated 174-195 with 109 delegates abstaining. Equestrian has been designated an emerging sport for women in Divisions I and II since 2002, but it has remained independent of the NCAA in Division III.

Leadership programming out of season

A proposal that allows student-athletes serving as leaders on their teams to participate in leadership programming outside the playing season with any member of the coaching staff, so long as athletics activity is not involved, was adopted by a vote of 293-180 with four abstaining. The national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was in support of this proposal sponsored by the North Coast Athletic Conference and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

Golf, swimming and diving practice expenses

Institutions now will be able to provide practices expenses in the sports of golf and swimming and diving during an official vacation period regardless of location.

The legislation was originally proposed for golf and swimming and diving, then later amended as an exception for golf only heading into Saturday morning. The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner Dan McKane withdrew the amended proposal and moved to divide the original proposal. This passed, allowing delegates to vote separately for the exceptions of golf and swimming and diving. The MIAC and the American Rivers Conference were the sponsors for these proposals.

The exception for golf was adopted 387-59 with 31 delegates abstaining, while the exception for swimming and diving was adopted by a narrower margin of 218-196 with 66 delegates abstaining.

Read here for more details on the proposals. A full list of the voting results at the 2020 Division III Business Session follows:

  • Designate an athletics diversity and inclusion designee: Adopted (467-8); effective Aug. 1, 2020.
  • For a provisional institution, reduce the waiting period from four years to three years plus an exploratory year: Adopted (455-24); effective Aug. 1, 2020.
  • For a reclassifying institution, reduce the waiting period from four years to three years: Adopted (448-31-1); effective Aug. 1, 2020.
  • Specify snacks and permissible nutritional supplements for student-athletes as a benefit incidental to participation: Adopted (433-44-1); effective Aug. 1, 2020.
  • Provide practice expenses in golf during an official vacation period regardless of location: Adopted (387-59-31); effective immediately. The source moved to divide proposal 2020-5.
  • Provide practice expenses in swimming and diving during an official vacation period regardless of location: Adopted (218-196-66); effective immediately.
  • Allow leadership programming out of season involving athletics-related information and content: Adopted (293-180-4); effective Aug. 1, 2020.
  • Add equestrian to the emerging sports for women list: Defeated (174-195-109).
  • Add acrobatics and tumbling to the emerging sports for women list: Adopted (367-28-74); effective Aug. 1, 2020.
  • Add wrestling to the emerging sports for women list: Adopted (419-11-45); effective Aug. 1, 2020.
  • Count reclassifying members as core members: Adopted (423-36-6); effective Aug. 1, 2020.
  • Permit Division III member institutions with Division I sports to apply all Division I legislation, except Bylaw 15 (financial aid), to the Division I sports: Adopted (423-21-32); effective immediately.
  • Resolution on softball/baseball national championship tournament timing: Supported (334-114- 23).