Men's Basketball

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There has been no shortage of questions about the reform effort around college basketball in the past few months.

NCAA to honor Minneapolis leaders as Living Legends

During the NCAA Men’s Final Four week, the NCAA office of inclusion and human resources will honor seven leaders as its 2019 Living Legends for their significant contributions in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, communities and for furthering inclusion within athletics.

NCAA Reminds Fans To Buy Tickets From Authorized Sources

The NCAA reminds fans who plan to attend the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships games to purchase tickets from authorized sources to reduce chances of fraudulent activities.

Former Student-Athlete Degree Achievement Program

The Board established a fund for limited resource institutions to fund degree completion.  Schools defined as Limited Resource Institutions (LRI) within the past five years are eligible for funding. For former student-athletes from schools eligible for the Former Student-Athlete Degree Achievement Program, there are two application periods each year.

Application periods for funding:

  • For Fall Applicants: April 1 – June 15
  • For Spring/Summer Applicants: August 1 – October 15

Applications can be accessed through Program Hub

  • Schools required to nominate eligible former student-athletes.
  • Former student-athlete required to submit completed application by published deadline.

Former Student-Athlete Degree Achievement Program Toolkit

Effective, August 1, 2019, all Division I schools are required to provide tuition, fees, books for returning men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who meet specified criteria.

For those schools defined as Limited Resource Institutions within the past five years, former student-athletes can access the Former Student-Athlete Degree Achievement Program.

Student-Athlete Degree Completion Assistance

In August 2018, Board adopted legislation to require schools to provide degree completion funding to former men’s and women’s basketball players. Schools must provide funding for former men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes beginning in Fall 2019. 

Criteria:

  • Participated in the sports of men’s or women’s basketball;
  • Received athletics aid;
  • Previously enrolled for at least two years;
  • Met NCAA progress toward degree requirements when student departed campus;
  • Has not attended another institution full-time since departure;
  • Meet institution’s re-admission and financial aid requirements;
  • Departed institution within 10 years;
  • Exhausted other degree completion funding options (e.g. NBA Tuition Reimbursement)

    Home-court advantage: Daemen coach hits 100 wins in every NCAA division, all in same city

    Daemen men’s basketball coach Mike MacDonald has had an uncommon coaching journey, coaching at three colleges, in three NCAA divisions, over a span of 31 years— all while living in the same community.

    NCAA to help certify June scholastic boys' basketball events

    Acting on recommendations from the Commission on College Basketball, the NCAA on Tuesday announced it will certify scholastic boys’ basketball events in June for high schools that are not members of state high school associations affiliated with the National Federation of State High School Associations. The announcement clears a path for more schools to play an increased role in developing young basketball players in the summer and providing them with additional opportunities to be seen and recruited by college coaches.

    June scholastic boys’ basketball events

    June scholastic events are men’s basketball events certified/approved by an NCAA-designated entity in accordance with NCAA bylaws, policies and procedures so that NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches may attend for evaluation purposes.

    How To Apply: Application and Approval Body Contact Information

    NCAA

    • Host Criteria and Requirements: ECAG Policies and Procedures
    • Website: ncaa.org/scholastic-events
    • Email: Enforcement Certification and Approvals Group Contact Form
    • Phone: 844-562-6201 (toll free) or 317-917-6322 (local)
    • Application: NCAA Men’s June Scholastic Event Application
    • Post-Event Review Form: June Scholastic Event Post-Event Review Form
    • Deadline to Apply: Before March 1. Anticipate posting approvals in proximity to NCAA Final Four.
    • Permissible Participants: Teams or individuals participating in NCAA-certified June scholastic events shall include only only teams from and prospective student-athletes currently enrolled in appropriate schools as identified below:
      • Are not members of one of the other approval bodies (NFHS, NJCAA or CCCAA).
      • Are governed by an athletics association that has existed for at least one full academic year and is organized for the primary purpose of governing education-based athletics, is licensed by and/or registered under appropriate state regulations or laws, and performs duties and functions consistent with other athletics governing bodies.
      • Has existed, with enrolled students and completed classes, for at least one full academic year.
      • Has an acceptable status with the NCAA Eligibility Center (i.e., cleared, extended evaluation or in review). Use this link for instructions on Checking Eligibility Center Status.

    National Federation of State High School Associations

    • Host Criteria and Requirements: NFHS Criteria for June Scholastic Events
    • Website: nfhs.org
    • Email: NFHS contact form
    • Application: Available by contacting your state high school association office.  See NFHS June Scholastic Events for more information.
    • Deadline to Apply: Before March 1. Anticipate posting approvals in proximity to NCAA Final Four.
    • Permissible Participants: Teams or individuals participating in NFHS June scholastic events shall include only teams from and prospective student-athletes currently enrolled in NFHS membership high schools.

    National Junior College Athletic Association

    • Host Criteria and Requirements: Criteria and Sanctioning Guidelines for NJCAA Scholastic Events
    • Website: njcaa.org
    • Email: sid@iccac.org
    • Phone: Thom McDonald, executive director of the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association, 515-460-8080
    • Application: NJCAA Bid and Application Process for June Scholastic Events
    • Deadline to Apply:
      • Sept. 16: Bid specifications published; submissions portal opens.
      • Oct. 1: Bid intentions due.
      • Oct. 31: Bid responses due.
      • Nov. 15: Committee deliberations, recommendations.
      • Dec. 16: Hosts/sites announced.
    • Permissible Participants: Teams or individuals participating in NJCAA June scholastic events shall include only teams from and prospective student-athletes currently enrolled in NJCAA membership schools.

    California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)

    • Website: cccaasports.org
    • Email: info@cccaasports.org
    • Phone: 916-444-1600
    • Permissible Participants: Teams or individuals participating in CCCAA June scholastic events shall include only teams from and prospective student-athletes currently enrolled in CCCAA membership schools.

    Why

    In response to recommendations from the Commission on College Basketball, two June scholastic event weekends were added to the Division I men’s basketball recruiting calendar permitting NCAA coaches to attend scholastic events certified/approved in accordance with NCAA requirements. The events were added for the following purposes:

    • To develop and strengthen relationships between college coaches and high school basketball programs.
    • To emphasize academic and positive recruiting interactions.
    • To minimize the leverage on harmful outside influences.
    • To develop a stronger pathway from member education-based high schools to college participation.

    Where

    June scholastic events may be conducted only at a location that is physically situated on or at an educational institution. Examples of permitted sites include elementary, middle or high schools, two-year institutions, or any four-year college or university that is not a Division I NCAA member institution. However, for 2020 only, a host association may appeal to the approval body (ECAG, NFHS, etc.) through use of the Noneducational Facility Exception Request Form for an exception to the rule so that the event can use a nonscholastic facility.

    When

    • June 19-21, 2020 (noon Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday)*.
    • June 26-28, 2020 (noon Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday)*.

    *Event may extend beyond time frame listed, but NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches may attend only during noted time frame.Additionally, athletically related activities may NOT begin before 8 a.m., and the last athletically related activity may not begin later than 10 p.m.

    Approved Applicants

    To be eligible, events must be hosted, organized, conducted and operated exclusively by the applicable state high school association, two-year college athletic association or state basketball coaches association. If there is no state basketball coaches association, the state coaches association may host eligible events.

    Approval Bodies

    Events must be certified/approved by the NCAA Enforcement and Approvals Group, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the National Junior College Athletic Association or the California Community College Athletic Association. These organizations manage all aspects of the event approval process for the respective group of events. The National High School Basketball Coaches Association may be consulted when select criteria are being evaluated when its membership is involved.

    Attendance of NCAA Coaches

    Division I men’s basketball coaches may only attend scholastic events certified/approved by one of the identified organizations in accordance with NCAA bylaws, policies and procedures. NCAA legislation permits Division II and III coaches to attend, as well. The host organization determines approved admission requirements.

    Event Formats

    It is strongly recommended that June scholastic events select a format from the five models, or a hybrid of the models, proposed by the collective expertise of the National High School Basketball Coaches Association. The five models can be accessed directly at actionnhsbca.org:

    • Showcase.
    • Team camp.
    • Jamboree.
    • Metro area event.
    • Multistate/regional event.

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