Thursday, July 2, 2020

A Most Unusual Day

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JULY 2, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  A Most Unusual Day
 
CIF Sets July 20 Deadline to Determine If Fall Sports Continue on ...

You can always tell when the July 1 fiscal year begins on Division III campuses - everyone is back from using their use/lose vacation days ... and there is a lot of activity.

Since we last met ...

>> The list of fall sport cancellations on Division III campuses continues to grow. Yesterday, Amherst cancelled its fall semester sports seasons, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will not compete in basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, and water polo. 

Trinity (Conn.) announced "it will have significantly fewer, if any, competitions in the fall," while Chicago stated "it is very likely that many of our teams will participate in fewer competitive events, play more non-conference opponents, and travel far less."

>> One school dropped a bombshell, as UMass Dartmouth abruptly announced the discontinuation of eight programs, including women’s equestrian, men’s golf, men’s lacrosse, co-ed sailing, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s tennis.

>> New conference members began day one with their new friends, including York (Pa.) in the MAC, Suffolk in the Commonwealth Coast, and Valley Forge in the CSAC.

>> And another stated its intention to move on, as Louisiana College announced its formal filing for membership in the NAIA. The Wildcats will play one more year in the American Southwest Conference before departing.

>> What's In a Name? The College of Saint Elizabeth became Saint Elizabeth University; Messiah College became Messiah University; and Elmhurst College became Elmhurst University.

>> What's Next: Exhale. Today is another day ... and a great day for a news dump before a long, holiday weekend.

 
2.  Tracking the Fall


The list of colleges and universities that have completely or partially cancelled their varsity athletic programs for the fall 2020 semester.

Capital 

Centennial

Liberty

Little East

Midwest

NESCAC

NEWMAC
    NJACSkylineSCIAC 

    The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced plans for a predominantly conference schedule for fall sports.

    The Midwest Conference is moving forward with intercollegiate athletic competition barring changes in infection rates in the Midwest.

    The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference presidents 
    reaffirmed that conference members will make independent institutional decisions (see CMS) regarding if and when it is safe to return to campus, including athletic practice and competition.

     


    3.  Statement on Return to Sports


    NCAA slashes distribution to Division I schools by $375M
     

    Division III member schools and conferences each face unprecedented challenges in determining the appropriateness of conducting intercollegiate athletics on campus during the 2020-21 academic year. The Division III Membership Committee strongly encourages institutions to make the best decisions for their campus community and the happiness, health and safety of their student-athletes. If an institution does not satisfy one or more membership requirements as a result, it may seek relief through existing waivers. The Division III Membership Committee is committed to providing appropriate flexibility to assist member institutions through this process.

     


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    4. Survey Favors Expanded NIL



    by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA


    "Division III presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, conference commissioners and national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members shared their opinions through an online survey on potential legislative concepts surrounding name, image and likeness.

    The division’s governance structure administered the survey in June to seek feedback from members, who are tasked with passing legislation that would allow greater flexibility for student-athletes to use their names, images and likenesses to promote their own business activities and endorse third-party products or services.

    The goal is to have new name, image and likeness legislation adopted at the 2021 NCAA Convention and then implemented before the 2021-22 academic year."

    >> What They're Saying: “Division III members are shaping how best to modernize rules to benefit student-athletes while also staying true to the principles of college sports as a part of higher education,” Dan Dutcher, NCAA vice president of Division III, said. 

    >> The Survey Says: "Two-thirds or more of survey respondents agreed student-athletes should be able to use their status as athletes to be paid for appearances (66%), promote commercial products through social media platforms (71%), model or promote noninstitutional athletic apparel or equipment (75%), promote third-party products or services through traditional commercials (71%) and provide testimonials for a product or service (74%)."

    >> Go Deeper
     


    5. Can Students Behave?
     
    by Elissa Nadworny, NPR
     

    "When asked if he could imagine a college party where everyone is wearing masks, Jacques du Passage, a sophomore at Louisiana State University, laughs.

    "No. I don't think they would do that," he says. "I think [students] would just have the party and then face the repercussions."

    Around the U.S., coronavirus cases are rising among young people. The spread of the virus has been connected to college-related events such as fraternity parties, drinking at off-campus bars and athletic practices. For colleges planning to bring thousands of students together in the fall, student spread is a real worry. And the stakes are high: If there are outbreaks, campuses may once again be forced to shut down, scattering students and disrupting academics and college finances all over again.

    To keep that from happening, schools have created robust guidelines — but those plans rely on a major wild card: students following the rules."

    >> The Big Picture: "Changing campus culture and student behavior isn't just about rewards. Anna Song, a professor at UC Merced, found that you can influence behavior if you find the right messaging. She studies smoking habits, and she has found that students who believe that their smoking will harm their friend's health are significantly less likely to start smoking themselves. The challenge for colleges is to figure out what messages will motivate students to adhere to the guidelines."

    >> Quotable: "All of our routines are built around social interaction," says University of Virginia senior Ellen Yates. "It's just a totally new set of social conditions that certainly nobody my age has ever been subjected to."

    >> Continue Reading 

     

    6.  Softball Rules Committee Recap
     

    Academy of Art Softball To Make First NCAA Postseason Appearance ...
    by Greg Johnson, NCAA

    "The NCAA Softball Rules Committee recommended that any player who is removed for a concussion evaluation be allowed to return to the game if cleared by medical personnel. This proposal would be effective for the 2020-21 academic year.

    Committee members, who met by videoconference last month, supported the proposal, which came from the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

    All rules proposals must be approved the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss softball rules changes July 22."

    >> Worth Noting: "The committee supported allowing conferences to continue to experiment with video review in regular-season conference games and conference tournament games. Coaches will be allowed two video review challenges during a game. A challenge must be initiated verbally or visually before the next pitch; before the pitcher and all infielders have clearly vacated their normal positions in the field and left fair territory; or before the umpires have left the field of play. Umpires would be allowed to initiate a video review from the sixth inning until the end of the game."

    >> Read More 

     

    7.  Comings and Goings
     

     
    8.  1 Baseball Thing


    Baseball season is scheduled to begin on July 23 (hopefully). Enjoy a couple of minutes of the filthiest pitches that you've ever seen. Yes, the toughest thing in sport is to hit a baseball. Don't @ me.


    Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

     

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    Monday, June 29, 2020

    Who's Next?

    D3Playbook
    JUNE 29, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
    your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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    1.  Who's Next?

    Athletics & Recreation | Guest Events Management

    Talk about a Friday news dump? The College of New Jersey announced its fall plans late Friday afternoon that included the cancellation of "all high-contact varsity, intramural, and club athletics scheduled for fall semester (including football, soccer, field hockey, basketball, wrestling, rugby, dance, and cheerleading)."

    A day after Johnson and Wales University dropped a bombshell that it was closing two campuses, including one in Denver that sponsored Division III athletics in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), it added Friday that it was ending its program immediately.

    And to top things off, Pratt Institute cancelled its sports program throughout the fall semester due to COVID-19. 

    >> Why It Matters: The ripple effects of these moves will affect the members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference, the SCAC and the Capital Athletic Conference - the new home for Pratt.

    >> Reality Check: As America struggles to corral the coronavirus, more and more institutions may have to come to the same conclusion.

    >> Be Smart: It will be a busy week for announcements.

     


    2.  Champs Committee Update

    GNACSports.com - NCAA Releases Statement On Fall Sports
    by Greg Johnson, NCAA

     

    "The Division III Championships Committee decided 20 percent of teams per region will be included in regional rankings in all sports when a new regional alignment plan takes effect in 2021-22.

    Committee members, who met by videoconference Monday and Tuesday, made the decision after the adoption of the realignment plan earlier this year.

    Sport committees were asked whether a fixed number of teams or a fixed percentage of teams would be preferred for regional rankings.

    A fixed percentage was slightly preferred by sport committees and generally fell within the current allowable range of 15-21 percent.

    Sport committees that favored a fixed number for regional rankings had a slightly greater percentage range when choosing a number, which ranged from seven to 10 teams per region."

    >> Quotable: “We know all sport committees must work late into the night to get the bracket set for selection shows the following day,” said Kiki Jacobs, committee chair and director of athletics at Roger Williams University. “This time change cannot be looked at in a vacuum. The committee thought we should consider all sports in this conversation.” 

    Elsewhere ... 

    • Committee members tabled proposals from the Division III Baseball and Softball Committees that requested both championships be moved back a week, which would have become effective in the 2022-23 academic year.
    • The committee tabled a request from the Division III Women’s Basketball Committee to modify the deadline for conferences to submit their automatic qualifier for selection purposes.


    Continue Reading
     

    3. Emerging Sports
     

    by Gail Dent, NCAA

    "The NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program will grow by two sports this August, as acrobatics and tumbling and women’s wrestling are now approved in all three divisions. Additionally, STUNT has received a recommendation from the Committee on Women’s Athletics to join the program.

    Acrobatics and tumbling and women’s wrestling were recently approved for the emerging sports program in Division I and were approved in Divisions II and III in January. Both sports will join equestrian, rugby and triathlon as emerging sports Aug. 1. Acrobatics and tumbling anticipates 30 NCAA schools will sponsor the sport in 2020-21, while women’s wrestling will be sponsored by about 35 schools.

    STUNT recently received a recommendation to be added to the program. Committee members were pleased that the sport has seen a steady increase in the number of NCAA member sponsorships, is relatively inexpensive to sponsor and  provides participation opportunities for female student-athletes of all body types and from diverse sports backgrounds. Currently, nearly 20 NCAA schools sponsor varsity STUNT."

    >> What's Next: The Divisions II and III Management Councils will meet July 20-21 to consider the recommendation to add STUNT to the program. After reviewing the recommendation, each council will decide whether to sponsor a legislative proposal. If a council decides to sponsor a proposal to add STUNT, the membership of that division would vote at the 2021 NCAA Convention in January on whether to add the sport.

    >> Go Deeper

    4. UMHB Appeal Denied

     
    by Emily James, NCAA
     

    "The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor must vacate wins in which a student-athlete competed while ineligible, according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division III Infractions Appeals Committee.

    In the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions decision regarding Mary Hardin-Baylor, the committee found that football staff members, led by the head coach, violated recruiting and extra benefit rules by providing impermissible transportation.

    In its appeal, the university argued that the vacation of records penalty prescribed by the Committee on Infractions was excessive such that it constitutes an abuse of discretion.

    In its decision, the Infractions Appeals Committee noted the NCAA rule detailing when the vacation of records penalty can be applied does not require more than one of the outlined circumstances to be present in a case for the Committee on Infractions to prescribe it.

    After reviewing the arguments and case record, the Infractions Appeals Committee did not find the vacation of records penalty was excessive, and it affirmed the penalty."

    >> Read More on the Case



     

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    Colleges and universities are beginning to unveil their plans for reopening for the fall semester. To add your institution to our list, please send a relevant link with the information to D3Playbook@gmail.com.

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    6.  Comings and Goings
      
     
    7.  1 Exercise Thing 


    Get your day started with some push-ups. And get a friend to join you.


    Have a great Monday!

     
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