Monday, August 9, 2021

Presidents Council Recap


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Presidents Council Recap

NCAA adopts interim name, image and likeness policy |
by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA

"At its quarterly meeting Wednesday, the Division III Presidents Council reviewed several Association-wide issues, including the upcoming constitutional convention and recently released gender equity report.

The Presidents Council also looked at the potential proposals for the 2022 NCAA Convention, finalized the budget for 2021-24, and approved the strategic positioning platform document.

"Division III members will play an active role as the Association faces several key issues examining the landscape of college sports," said Fayneese Miller, chair of the Division III Presidents Council and president at Hamline. "We will continue to work within our governance structure and leadership to insert our division's representation around the constitution review, gender equity report and ongoing conversations surrounding name, image and likeness."

  • The Presidents Council received a report from the Presidents Advisory Group, which met (last) Monday. In the meeting, the advisory group discussed name, image and likeness, the impact of COVID-19 on the fall season, campus sexual violence attestation requirements, and the Board of Governors' recent decision to hold a constitutional convention.
  • The council received an update on the division's process to select the Division III representatives to the newly created Association-wide Constitution Review Committee. 
  • Representatives from Kaplan, Hecker & Fink LLP met with the Presidents Council to discuss the gender equity report released Tuesday that addressed men's and women's basketball. 
  • The NCAA Division III Presidents Council and Management Council Joint Legislative Steering Subcommittee shared the current slate of 13 potential proposals for the 2022 NCAA Convention. 
  • The Division III budget for 2021-24 was approved.
  • The Presidents Council approved the updated Division III Strategic Positioning Platform document recommended by the Division III Strategic Planning and Finance Committee and recently approved by the Management Council.

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>> Cross Country realignment


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2. Regional Realignment

new Division III sport region realignment model will take effect during the 2021-22 academic year.

This plan, supported by the Division III Commissioners Association, creates a scale for regional alignment based on sport sponsorship and other key principles, including maintaining conference members in the same regions; the importance of geographic proximity in regional placement; balancing the number of schools across all regions; and competitive balance across the regions.

Field Hockey, Football

  • Six Regions
Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball
  • 10 Regions

>> See the entire plan
>> Cross Country realignment

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3.  The "A" Team


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The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released their final Academic All-America teams for 2020-21 - the At-Large Team.

Mason Nissley, a sophomore volleyball player from Messiah, and Mikayla Bisignani, a senior swimmer from Johns Hopkins, were named the Men's and Women's Team Members of the Year, respectively.

Nissley was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Year and an AVCA first-team All-American in 2021. He helped lead the Falcons to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship, a 17-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. Nissley set a Division III record for kills per set with 5.69 and finished the season with 370.

A three-time Academic All-America® first-team selection, Bisignani was a two-time All-American and a three-time national qualifier in swimming, and was named the 2019 NCAA Elite 90 Award winner. She was also a member of the Johns Hopkins outdoor track and field team, where she was a two-time Centennial Conference Champion in the discus and placed 13th in the event at the 2019 NCAA Championships.

The 15 members of the men’s at-large first team carry an average GPA of 3.92, while the 15 members of the women's first team combine for a 3.90 average GPA.

>> Men's Academic All-America At-Large Team
>> Women's Academic All-America At-Large Team


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    4. Division III Manuals Online


    The NCAA Division III Manual for the 2021-22 academic year will be available electronically Aug. 1. 

    Hard-copy versions of the manual will not be distributed nor will they be available to purchase through NCAA Publications. Instead, schools and conferences may use LSDBi  (which always has the most up-to-date version of NCAA legislation) to download electronic versions of the standard manual or other custom reports (e.g., sport-specific) and print such versions as needed.


    5.  Calendar

    17 - Championships Committee
    18 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
    19 - Membership Committee

    7 - FAR Advisory Group
    9 - Convention Planning Subcommittee
    13-14 - Championships Committee
    14 - Nominating Committee
    14 - Committee on Women's Athletics


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