Wednesday, September 16, 2020



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SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  #D3Votes

NCAA advises schools to give athletes day off from sports on Election Day

The NCAA Division I Council will vote today on a recommendation from the DI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to adopt a legislative proposal to specify that countable athletically related activities be prohibited on the first Tuesday after Nov. 1 every year, including the upcoming Election Day on Nov. 3.

If approved, it would apply to Division I student-athletes and go into effect immediately, though previously scheduled competition for this year’s Election Day may be honored.

We want to encourage Division III to join our Division I brethren and push for similar legislation. 

Only 30 percent of 18-to-24 year-old voters turned out for the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. In 2016, only 39.4 percent voted, while nearly half were not even registered to vote.

Eric Reveno, assistant men's basketball coach at Georgia Tech, has led a one-man crusade to male Election Day a mandated NCAA off day. And we support the cause. 

>> What They're Saying: "As mentors and coaches and educators, we need to teach this life skill of civic engagement," Reveno told theScore. "We teach financial literacy, we teach recovery, we teach nutrition, we teach all the benefits of proper sleep, health. But we haven't done a good job of teaching the basic civics of educating on local elections and getting registered and all that stuff. So that was it."

>> The Big Picture: "One thing that came up again and again was that this proposal isn’t about getting “a day off” or anything like that. These young people want to take action. They want to use this day to help make voting more of a priority, and to assist people who may not otherwise be able to vote. These student-leaders make me so proud. And they fill me with hope for our collective future." - Chris Bosh, former NBA All-Star, Toronto Raptors

>> Be Smart: What can you do? Register to vote at

>> Hashtags: #AllVoteNoPlay #D3Votes

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2.  Administrative Committee Recap

The Division III Administrative Committee, acting on behalf of the Management and Presidents Councils, approved legislation in final format to permit Division III student-athletes to use their name, image and likeness to promote their own work product or services and to promote third-party products and services.

This proposal would permit Division III student-athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner that is consistent with the NCAA Board of Governors’ guiding principles and with the Board’s direction to consider appropriate rules changes based on recommendations from the Federal and State Legislation Working Group. These recommendations fall into two categories: (1) activities related to a student-athletes work product or service; and (2) promotion/endorsement of third-party products and services. Student-athletes should have full use of their name, image and likeness for commercial promotional purposes. Importantly, these opportunities can occur in a manner that is consistent with the NCAA's core values, mission and principles, while prioritizing student-athlete well-being. Further, the recommended administrative framework for these legislative changes ensures that the legislation will be transparent and enforceable, in line with the Board’s principles.

The legislation would be effective on August 1, 2021.

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3.  Predetermined Sites for Winter Champs?

Fort Wayne ready for NCAA D3 final four this weekend

The Division III Championships Committee held a videoconference last week and announced that all winter championship competition will be conducted at predetermined sites given the additional and unique requirements related to COVID-19 testing, quarantine procedures, sanitization standards, etc.

The committee, headed by chair Kiki Jacobs of Roger Williams, reviewed potential measures to reduce costs given that the current projections for conducting winter and spring sport championships exceed the division's entire championship budget for 2020-21.

Members also acknowledged those discussions may impact whether the current winter championship selection and competition dates remain relevant or if they need to be adjusted.

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Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college student-athletes who receive a varsity letter in their sport, achieve junior academic standing or higher after their fifth full-time semester, and earn a 3.4 cumulative grade point average. Student-athletes who compete for a collegiate club team are also eligible if the club team is overseen by the athletics department at the local chapter.

Find out more at

4.  Victory Scholars

Bowdoin's Maddie Hasson, Swarthmore's Nate Shafer and Ursinus' Ryan McTamney were the three Division III students named as Victory Scholars by Sport Changes Life. The program enables international student-athletes to continue their education at the post-graduate level and continue to play the sport they love in our prestigious partner universities in Northern Ireland and Ireland. In turn, the Victory Scholars work with the organization to help raise the aspirations of the young people on the Island of Ireland.

Hasson, the 2020 WBCA Division III Player of the Year, averaged 16.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Polar Bears. She will attend Griffith College Dublin.

Shafer, who closed his career with 1,014 points, 798 rebounds and a school-record 248 blocks, will be working on a master's program in business at Ireland's Institute of Technology Carlow.

McTamney averaged 18.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and will attend Letterkenny IT.

5. Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed in the big 80s.
Finlandia Heads East for CUNYAC Championships - Finlandia University  Athletics
Conference: City University of New York Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Zak Ivkovic
Headquarters: Flushing, N.Y.
  • Founded: 1987
  • Charter Members (7): Baruch, CCNY, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Medgar Evers, York
  • Other Core Members (1): Brooklyn (1996)
  • Oldest: CCNY (1847)
  • Largest: Hunter (13,067)
  • Smallest: Medgar Evers (4,616)
  • Longest Trip: 21 miles (Lehman to Medgar Evers)
  • Championship Sports: 19

>> Tomorrow: Heartland Conference

>> PreviouslyAEC |  SAA | NECC | NACC | Landmark | NEAC 
NEWMAC | AMCC | NAC | ASC | GNAC | Liberty | CSAC | Skyline 
Capital | SLIAC

sources: Google Maps, EADA

6.  Comings and Goings
7.  1 Ticker Thing 

You have to be of a certain age ... but yes, we loved it. And do you remember this theme music?


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