Athletics Update – Jan. 23

AMCC Athletic Directors were able to tour the White House during their visit to Washington
AMCC Athletic Directors were able to tour the White House during their visit to Washington

Legislative Changes for Division III, Outcomes of NCAA Convention
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – AMCC administrators and students wrapped up their annual trek to the NCAA convention by voting on a series of often-times contentious legislative proposals.

The convention, held at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel just outside of Washington DC, included exensive discussion on ways to address the projected budget shortfall in Division III primarily caused by the escalating cost of championships.

Among the legislative proposals considered, a controversial amendment that would have allowed on-campus tryouts was defeated, primarily due to concerns over additional compliance burdens.  Another amendment that would have cut contests in most sports by 10% was referred back to the Playing and Practice Seasons Sub-Committee with a charge of examining all of Bylaw 17 (Playing and Practice Seasons) for possible revision across a broader range of topics, including the non-traditional season.

Meanwhile, a number of recruiting restrictions were eased, including the ability to contact prospective student-athletes off campus beginning with the completion of their sophomore year; contact with PSAs at competition sites once they have been dismissed for the day at the conclusion of all competition; and the introduction of a non-binding national celebratory signing letter, similar to the letter of intent used by Divisions I and II.

With the convention in Washington DC, administrators took advantage of the opportunity to visit historic sites in addition to attending business sessions.  D’Youville College athletic director Brian Cavanaugh was assisted by congressional staffers from Western New York in arranging a private tour of the White House Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the AMCC sent six students to the convention for the fifth year in a row.  The group attended all major convention events, including the opening business session, the Division III issues forum and business session, and the Honors Celebration dinner.  They were also invited to attend the AMCC administrators meeting and the Division III SAAC working lunch.

 

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