NCAA Division III

This update is a tool to enhance communication between the NCAA national office and the Division III membership, with distribution to athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives, presidents, national SAAC, conference commissioners and the NADIIIAA listserv.  We encourage athletics directors to share this communication with their athletics department members.  Please contact Louise McCleary to include an item or share comments, and remember to check out the Division III governance homepage for the latest news and information.


Football 2017 Preseason Information

This document provides a summary of the changes for the 2017 football season and includes questions and answers intended to address the numerous issues raised by the implementation of the Year-Round Football Practice Contact for College Student-Athlete Recommendations and the related waivers.

ACTION REQUEST:  SAAC Advisor Contact Information

The Division III National SAAC needs your help in ensuring that they can effectively reach campus SAAC advisors.  To facilitate this request, update your sports-sponsorship form, and ensure that the category of 'Student-Athlete Advisor' is up to date with the administrator that oversees your institution's SAAC.  If you have already completed your sports-sponsorship form, but need to update this field in the directory, please do so by clicking on 'change request' in the upper right-hand corner of your institution's NCAA directory page.


Hot Topics

ADR Updates

CoSIDA Updates

360 Proof Updates

SSI Updates

Diversity Spotlight

Special Olympics

AMA Updates

Educational Information

PROP Updates

The NCAA Record

Committee Updates

Key Dates

Woman of the Year Nominations

The 2017 Woman of the Year application is open via the NCAA Program Hub. The school nominations close Monday, June 12, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.  Click here for the School  Nomination Tutorial, and here to learn more about the nomination and award process.  The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female student-athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by summer 2017.  All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2017 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the Westin Indianapolis Sunday, October 22, 2017.  Questions about Woman of the Year? Contact Jess Duff, assistant coordinator for inclusion, at 317-917-6137. 

Insurance Project

The NCAA and LEAD1 Association have agreed to conduct a joint study of university and college insurance practices and how they support student-athletes. The study's goal is to understand more fully how campuses provide insurance coverage for their student-athletes and identify potential new approaches by working with a group of 30 schools across all three NCAA divisions. Read more.

Institute for Administrative Advancement

During the recent Regional Rules Seminar held in Indianapolis, Division III, in coordination with the Office of Inclusion and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA), successfully held the fifth annual Institute for Administrative Advancement.  The Institute provided a day and a half of professional development programming for 20 Division III mid-level administrators of color.  The participants heard from current athletics directors on topics such as leadership, mentoring, work-life integration, and preparing for the next career move.  Next year's Institute will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Regional Rules Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia, June 4-6.


The third annual Athletics Direct Report (ADR) Institute will take place January 17-18, 2018, at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.  The purpose of the program is to engage Division III ADRs in best practices to oversee and manage athletics departments and to improve the relationships between ADRs and their presidents, athletics directors and conference commissioners.   The two-day program includes both networking opportunities and interactive discussions with ADR peers and other expert presenters.  Event details are available here . Each ADR participant will receive a registration fee waiver to the NCAA Convention to continue their professional development. The Institute also provides travel, meals and lodging for all participants. Applications are being accepted via Program Hub from June 15 through August 31 and may be completed by conference commissioners, institutional presidents or chancellors, athletics directors, and athletics direct reports. Each multi-sport conference is guaranteed one participant per year.  Please contact Leah Kareti with any questions.


Division III and D3SIDA Recognition Award

Congratulations Sarah Eisenhauer of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), the recipient of the 2017 Summer Division III and D3SIDA Recognition Award.  Division III and D3SIDA selected your story titled: "Zach Dahlman Distinctly UMAC".  The story was exceptionally well done and chosen by a selection committee of D3SIDA members as the second best work this quarter.   

The NCAA Division III and D3SIDA recognition award is a partnership between the Division III governance staff and the Division III College Sports Information Directors of America (D3SIDA) to recognize the best work by athletics communication directors portraying the Division III identity and student-athlete experience.  The recognition program is part of the Division III Identity Initiative.  It seeks to honor the best work - including news releases, feature articles, videos, blogs and other materials - produced by Division III campus and conference athletics communication offices.  The next submission period opens mid-August and closes October 15.  Award winners receive a $1,500 credit to attend Division III Day held in conjunction with the annual CoSIDA convention. The credit will cover the CoSIDA convention registration fee, two nights in the convention hotel, travel accommodations, and two days of meal per diem ($75/day).  


Did you know that 360 Proof offers (free!) monthly webinars to bring national best practices in alcohol prevention to the NCAA Division III and NASPA Small College audience? These webinars can be used as training tools, especially in the summer season as you prepare for the upcoming academic year!

Select topics covered in 2016-17 include:

  • The Safe and Drug Free Schools & Campuses Act for NCAA Division III, presented by Eric Davidson, Director for the Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention (September 2016)
  • Resources to engage parents in prevention, presented by Dr. Amelia Arria, Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development, School of Public Health, University of Maryland (October 2016)
  • Drinking Motivations Unique to College Student-Athletes, presented by Dr. Matthew Martens, Associate Dean for Administration and Faculty Affairs, College of Education, University of Missouri (March 2017)

You can access these archived videos by visiting, click on Program Support in Center Point.  Visit and click "Join Now" to start your own 360 Proof account.  Please contact Leah Kareti with any questions.

Sleep Summit

More than 40 members of an Interassociation Task Force on Sleep and Wellness convened in Indianapolis on May 1 and 2, 2017, to review the current data and discuss research related to the sleep health of student-athletes. Representatives from NCAA Association-wide committees, divisional bodies and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees joined attendees from scientific, higher education and sports medicine organizations with the goal of developing recommendations to inform best practices and educational resources in support of the sleep wellness of college athletes. For more information about the task force, including the agenda, participants and next steps, click here

NCAA Concussion Safety Facts

This summer, the Sport Science Institute will release updated concussion safety fact sheets for student-athletes and coaches. These revised educational resources will address emerging data from the NCAA-DoD CARE Consortium study and are the result of input from medical, scientific and health education experts and the Divisions I, II and III NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.  Upon release, electronic and print copies of the fact sheets will be shared with Division III member schools.

2017 NCAA Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist

The updated NCAA Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist for 2017 is now available. Based on the Interassociation Consensus: Diagnosis and Management of Sport-Related Concussion Best Practices that were released in January 2017 by the SSI and the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the updated checklist, contains two new components found in the "Recognition and Diagnosis of Concussion" section on page four. To access the updated NCAA Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist, click here

ACTION REQUEST:  Athletics Health Care Administrator Designation

As a provision of NCAA Independent Medical Care, Division III schools are required to designate an athletics health care administrator (ACHA) by August 1. The athletics health care administrator will play an administrative role serving as the primary point of contact to assure schools have knowledge of and are compliant with NCAA health and safety legislation and interassociation recommendations. To designate an AHCA, schools may email Erin Irick with the name and email address of their designee. To view an educational briefing document that contains more information about the role of the athletics health care administrator and possible designees, click here.

New Drug Education and Prevention Resources

A new Substance Abuse Prevention Tool Kit will be available this summer for athletics department staff and their campus colleagues to support efforts to reduce substance abuse and promote healthy choices, fair competition and a positive environment for college athletes. This resource will be mailed and emailed to campuses along with the 2017-18 NCAA Drug-Testing Program guide. You can find more information about the tool kit and drug testing guide later this summer on the SSI website.


Babson College, Gallaudet University, Lawrence University and the State University of New York at Oneonta were among thirteen schools selected for NCAA CHOICES grants. The grant provides funding for NCAA member schools and conferences to integrate athletics departments into campus wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. To learn more about the 2017 NCAA CHOICES grant winners, visit  


The Diversity Spotlight Initiative recognizes and promotes outstanding diversity related projects, programming and initiatives that are occurring on Division III campuses and in conference offices.  During the summer months, we will not recognize an institution or conference regarding a diversity related event, program or initiative.   We will resume the spotlight initiative in September.  


Spotlight Poll

The NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll is a story-telling initiative located on .  It features new stories each month that highlight a Division III and Special Olympics joint activity or event.  The story with the highest number of votes on the 25th day of each month is the winner. That institution or conference receives $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. Both written and digital submissions are accepted.  Featured stories are selected based on inclusion of the student-athlete perspective and Division III messaging. To submit a story for consideration, please email

May Winner

After 1,366 total votes, Elizabethtown College SAAC hosts Special Olympics swim meet won the May Special Olympics Spotlight poll by gathering 80 percent (1,089) of the total votes! Elizabethtown College will receive $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. 

June Nominees
Here are the stories for the June Special Olympics poll:

•  New Rochelle Student-Athletes Host Special Olympics Event
• Special Olympics Volleyball at Johnson & Wales University
• Maine Maritime Academy Athletics Hosts Seventh Annual Bocce Tournament

Click here to vote starting Thursday, June 1. The winner will be selected June 25, 2017.


Rule of the Month

The Academic and Membership Affairs staff have created an amateurism checklist to assist institutions in certifying amateurism for both prospective and continuing student-athletes. This checklist should be used as an additional compliance tool, but should not be considered a substitute for a full review of the specific legislation in the NCAA Division III Manual. This resource can also be found on the Division III Compliance webpage.

2018 Convention Amendment Procedures

Information related to submitting proposed legislative amendments for the 2018 NCAA Convention is now available on the NCAA website.  All materials can be accessed by clicking on the following link.  You must be logged in to the membership side of in order to access the page

Highlights and Updates for the 2017 NCAA Regional Rules Seminars

Registration for the final 2017 NCAA Regional Rules Seminar is still open.  The Regional Rules Seminars will be June 5-7 in San Diego.  Please Note: The NCAA room block is full at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.  If registering to attend the Regional Rules Seminar you should secure alternate hotel accommodations. Seminar registration, schedule and session descriptions, online Regional Rules program, Know Before You Go and presentation materials are available on the Regional Rules webpage, . Questions about the Regional Rules Seminars should be directed to the academic and membership affairs staff at

SAR Update

At its April meeting, the Division III Management Council approved an increase in the restitution value from $100 to $200. For violations of restitution bylaws (designated by a capital letter R in brackets and bold font [R] at the end of the legislative language) occurring on or after April 11, 2017, the eligibility of the involved student-athlete (or prospective student-athlete) is not affected conditioned on repayment of the benefit to a charity of the student-athlete's choice. For violations that occurred prior to April 11, 2017, the restitution value remains $100. The student-athlete remains ineligible from the time the institution has knowledge of the receipt of the impermissible benefit until the student-athlete repays the benefit. For violations of restitution bylaws where the value of the impermissible benefit exceeds the applicable restitution value, the institution must seek reinstatement of the involved student-athlete. Violations of restitution bylaws remain institutional violations, and documentation of the student-athlete's repayment must be forwarded to the enforcement staff with the institution's self-report of the violation. 


Top 10 Award

Nominations for the Today's Top 10 Awards is now open.  Nominations will be accepted from late May to early August for student-athletes. This award is given to 10 student-athletes, who ended their athletics eligibility in the 2016-17 academic year, and who have brought distinction to themselves, their schools and college sports. The awards will be presented at the Honors Celebration during the 2018 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.  Follow the link here to view the Today's Top 10 Award selection criteria.  Award nominations are submitted through the NCAA Program Hub and are due by 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, Aug. 4.  Questions about the award? Contact Sharon Tufano, NCAA committee coordinator.

2017 Student-Athlete Leadership Forum

The annual NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, with more than 300 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and faculty in attendance, will take place November 16-19, 2017, in Washington, D.C.  Go here for more information about eligibility, nomination process, deadlines and additional FAQs.  Student-athletes selected to attend the Leadership Forum will return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).


Men's Basketball Rules Survey

The 2017 men’s basketball rules survey is now available. For more information, please click here.

Women's Basketball Rules Survey

The 2017 women’s basketball rules survey is now available. For more information, please click here.

Swimming and Diving Rules Survey
The 2017 men and women’s swimming and diving rules survey is now available. For more information, please click here.


See the latest appointments, promotions and retirements in the NCAA Record.


Two committees conducted in-person meetings in May. 

Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, May 2-3
Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, May 3-5 


Dates Meeting/Championships Location 
June 5-7    Regional Rules Seminar San Diego, California 
June 7-9 Competitive Safeguards & Medical Aspects of Sport Meeting Indianapolis, Indiana 
June 14 Conference Rules Seminar - New England Worcester, Massachusetts
June 19-20 Membership Committee Meeting Indianapolis, Indiana 
June 21-22 Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner Meeting Indianapolis, Indiana 
July 12-14Postgraduate Scholarship Committee Meeting Indianapolis, Indiana 
July 15-16 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Meeting Indianapolis, Indiana
July 17-18 Management Council Meeting Indianapolis, Indiana 
July 24-25Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct MeetingIndianapolis, Indiana
August 8Presidents Advisory Group MeetingIndianapolis, Indiana
August 9Presidents Council Meeting Indianapolis, Indiana

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