2011 NCAA Division II Legislative Action Items

2011 NCAA Division II Legislative Action Items

We have outlined the following proposals that were adopted during the 2011 NCAA Convention (held in January, 2011) for coaches’ review. Additional proposals that were discussed (and either adopted or defeated) can be found here or directly at the NCAA website: http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Resources/Latest+News/2011
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Proposal No. 2011-6 − Playing and Practice Seasons – Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Softball and Tennis -- First Date of Conditioning Activities, Practice and Competition in the Nonchampionship Segment – Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field – First Date of Conditioning Activities, Practice and Competition – Sept. 7 or Fourth Day of Classes

Effective date: Aug. 1, 2011.

Source: Presidents Council.

Intent: In baseball, golf, lacrosse, rowing, softball and tennis, to specify that an institution shall not commence weight training, conditioning, skill instruction or practice and competition in the nonchampionship segment before Sept. 7 or the fourth day of classes, whichever is earlier; further, in indoor and outdoor track and field, to specify that an institution shall not commence weight training, conditioning, skill instruction or practice and competition before Sept. 7 or the institution's fourth day of classes for the fall term, whichever is earlier.

Convention action: Adopted, 278-5-1.

Proposal No. 2011-7 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Weekly Hour Limitations – Outside of Playing Season – Weight Training, Conditioning, Team Activities and Skill Instruction – Sports Other Than Football

Effective date: Aug. 1, 2011

Source: Presidents Council.

Intent: To modify the weekly hour limitations outside of the playing season, as follows: (a) in winter and spring championship sports, to permit a student-athlete to participate in a maximum of two hours of team activities per week as part of the permissible eight hours of countable athletically related activities that may occur during the academic year outside of the playing season from the beginning of the institution's academic year through the day before the first permissible practice date; and (b) in fall championship sports other than football, to permit a student-athlete to participate in a maximum of two hours of team activities per week as part of the permissible eight hours of countable athletically related activities that may occur during the academic year outside of the playing season from the first day of classes in the second term of the institution's academic year through February 15; further, to specify that outside of the playing season after the Division II championship to one week before the beginning of the institution's final examination period, a student-athlete may participate in not more than two hours per week of skill instruction as part of the permissible eight hours of required countable athletically related activities that may occur during the academic year outside of the playing season.

Convention action: Adopted, 267-17-1.

Proposal No. 2011-15 – Recruiting – Official (Paid) Visit – Limitations of Official Visit – Elimination of Limitation on Number of Official Visits

Effective date: Aug. 1, 2011.

Source: Presidents Council.

Intent: To eliminate the limitation on the number of official visits that a prospective student-athlete may take to Divisions I and II institutions, while retaining the restriction that not more than one official visit is permitted to any single institution.

Convention action: Adopted, 246-35-2

Proposal No. 2011-16 − Recruiting – Sports Camps and Clinics – Institution’s Sports Camps and Clinics – Employment of Prospective Student-Athletes

Effective date: Immediate.

Source: Presidents Council.

Intent: To permit an institution to employ a prospective student-athlete at institutional sports camps and clinics provided: (1) compensation paid to the prospective student-athlete is for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services; (2) the employment does not begin before the completion of the prospective student-athlete's senior year of high school and the prospective student-athlete has completed all competition for the academic year in his or her sport; (3) the prospective student-athlete shall only perform duties that are of a general supervisory nature in addition to any coaching or officiating assignments; and (4) a prospective student-athlete who only lectures or demonstrates may not receive compensation for his or her appearance.

Convention action: Adopted, 215-64-4, as amended by 2011-16-1

Proposal No. 2011-16-1 − Recruiting – Sports Camps and Clinics – Institution’s Sports Camps and Clinics – Employment of Prospective Student-Athletes Who Have Signed National Letter of Intent or Written Offer of Admission and/or Financial Aid

Effective date: Immediate.

Source: South Atlantic Conference.

Intent: To amend Proposal No. 2011-16 to specify that a prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent or written offer of admission and/or financial aid may only be employed at an institutional sports camp or clinic by the institution with which the prospective student-athlete signed a written commitment; further, to specify that a prospective student-athlete who has not signed a National Letter of Intent or written offer of admission and/or financial aid may be employed at any institutional camp or clinic.

Convention action: Adopted, 145-136-3.

Proposal No. 2011- 21 – Eligibility – Seasons of Competition – Criteria for Determining Season of Eligibility – Alumni Game, Fundraising Activity or Celebrity Sports Activity

Effective date: Aug. 1, 2011.

Source: Presidents Council.

Intent: To specify that a student-athlete may engage in outside competition in either one alumni game, one fundraising activity or one celebrity sports activity during a season without counting such competition as a season of competition, provided the event is exempted from the institution's maximum number of contests or dates of competition as permitted in the particular sport per NCAA Bylaw 17.

Convention action: Adopted.

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