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DIII Administrative Committee makes additional COVID-19 decisions

Championships banquets canceled, sport committees move online for 2020-21 academic year

The Division III Administrative Committee on Thursday approved a recommendation from the Division III Championships Committee to cancel championships banquets and move all sport committee meetings to digital platforms for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Championships Committee examined potential budget cuts at the request of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee in response to the budget shortfall caused by the cancellation of the remaining 2019-20 winter and spring championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to meet the division’s mandated reserve policy (50% of the annual revenue) through the end of the current CBS/Turner contract (2023-24).

By canceling the banquets for the upcoming academic year and moving all sport committee annual meetings to a virtual format, the Championships Committee is projecting a total savings of $440,000. The Championships Committee and sport committees will work with staff to explore ways to recognize award winners typically honored at the banquets. Adjustments are occurring in all three divisions.

The Administrative Committee also heard from the Championships Committee regarding other potential reductions in the division’s “supplemental spend,” which are championships expenses that are not part of the base budget, in the areas of ground transportation and a pilot program to avoid preliminary-round conference matchups. The Strategic Planning and Finance Committee will consider these reductions at a future meeting.

NADIIIAA request

The Administrative Committee approved a limited partnership grant of $10,800 to the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. NADIIIAA requested the limited grant to cover organizational management costs that will allow for continued services and benefits to Division III administrators.

Article: April 2, 2020 ( Approved)

NCAA Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaws 13.02.10 (Telephone Calls), 13.02.11 (Electronic Transmissions) and 13.10 (Publicity). –

The NCAA Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow Division III member institutions to use virtual platforms to conduct recruiting activities that would normally take place on campus for the remainder of the 2020 spring term through August 1, when relief will be reconsidered.

Under this waiver, institutions may conduct recruiting activities that:

  1. Are delivered on a virtual platform (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, conference calls), including those platforms with an enabled public chat function;
  2. Involve multiple prospective student-athletes, regardless of grade level, and their families at one time;
  3. Replace athletics recruitment-specific presentations (e.g., junior days, open houses) that would normally be taking place on campus during the spring and summer of 2020; and
  4. Include content delivered by institutional athletics and coaching staff, currently enrolled student-athletes and other members of the campus community (e.g., admissions, financial aid).

In issuing this waiver, the subcommittee noted that these are permissible on-campus recruiting activities, but they are not possible in their traditional format due to the COVID-19 health crisis.  Additionally, continued athletic recruitment is essential for successful enrollment management at many Division III institutions.  See Case No. 1097634 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Subcommittee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[References:  NCAA Division III Bylaws (Permissible Recruitment Activities for Enrolled Student-Athletes), 13.02.10 (Telephone Calls), 13.02.11 (Electronic Transmissions), (High School Prospective Student-Athletes), and 13.10 (Publicity)].