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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 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, conference commissioners and the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators electronic mailing list.  We encourage athletics directors to share this communication with their 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.


Deadline Extended:  Division III Voluntary Student-Athlete Graduation Rates

NCAA staff is encouraging colleges and universities that didn't submit their voluntary student-athlete graduation rate information to consider submitting the data by the extended deadline of Friday, July 13. The Division III Presidents Council, Management Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group believe that this initiative is relevant and valuable for the Association, the division, and for individual institutions and conferences in emphasizing the academic value and success of Division III intercollegiate athletics programs.  The data is also an integral component of the Division III Institutional Performance Program (IPP), the widely endorsed institutional assessment and benchmarking tool available to all.  Keep in mind that Division III has retained its honorarium fund to encourage the voluntary submission of this student-athlete data. Contact Maria DeJulio to begin the process.

Deadline Extended:  Sexual Violence Prevention Policy Attestation Submission

If your institution missed the May 15 deadline to submit the sexual assault prevention attestation form via NCAA Program Hub, you will have another opportunity to submit the form.  The application will open June 4 and close Friday, June 8 at 5 p.m. Eastern.  Please direct any questions about the policy or attestation form process to


Hot Topics

FAR Updates

ADR Updates

SID & Athletics Communication Updates

360 Proof Updates

SSI Updates

Diversity Spotlight

Special Olympics

AMA Updates

Educational Information

PROP Updates

Committee Updates

Key Dates

New Resource:  NCAA Championships Schedule

A new championships schedule is on  The schedule includes all the predetermined sites, selection dates, dates of the rounds and championships, first days of practice, divisions, championship manager and more.

Supreme Court Ruling on Gambling

In response to the US Supreme Court striking down the federal ban on sports betting, the NCAA released the following statement: "Today the United States Supreme Court issued a clear decision that PASPA is unconstitutional, reversing the lower courts that held otherwise. While we are still reviewing the decision to understand the overall implications to college sports, we will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court." 

2019 Convention Planning Survey Results

Click here to see the results of the 2019 Division III planning survey for the NCAA Convention.  The feedback will help the Convention Planning Subcommittee determine the 2019 Division III educational sessions and Issues Forum roundtable topics.  If you participated in the survey, thank you.

Results on Football Preseason Proposal Survey

At its April meeting, the Division III Presidents Council voted to sponsor 2019 Convention legislation to amend the football pre-season legislation as follows: (1) The first permissible practice date shall be 23 days before the institution's first regular season contest; and (2) A day off from physical athletically related activity shall be provided during each week of the preseason following the five-day acclimatization period (e.g., two days total).  Therefore, there would be no more than 21 practice opportunities.  The proposal originated with the Division III Football Committee and the Management Council's Playing and Practice Seasons Subcommittee. Click here to review the results of a survey sent to commissioners of conferences that sponsor football, and all athletics directors, head football coaches and athletics trainers at institutions that sponsor football.

Commission on College Basketball

The independent Commission on College Basketball last month recommended multiple changes to NCAA legislation, policy and structure. Both the NCAA Board of Governors and the Division I Board of Directors endorsed the recommendations and directed the Division I Council to begin the process of applying them. The proposals also include a recommendation to add five public members to the Association's Board of Governors.  This change would need approval by two-thirds of the membership at the 2019 NCAA Convention.  To that end, eight working groups are prepared to address recommendations from the independent Commission on College Basketball. The working groups will work with the Council to precipitate necessary changes in rules, policy and structure intended to begin to remedy challenges in men's college basketball and reinforce that college sports leaders are committed to the values of higher education and intercollegiate athletics.  For more complete information regarding this process, visit the Committed to Change webpage.

NCAA Division III Webinars

The next Division III webinar will be 1:30 to 2 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday, June 5.  Participants must RSVP by emailing Debbie Kresge not later than 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 1.  The topic will be an overview of the Division III diversity grant process and an identity initiative update. 

Future webinars will be conducted on the following dates from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Eastern time:

  • Aug. 7 - Gameday the DIII Way.
  • Sept. 4 - Championship mock selection.

Each webinar will be limited to the first 250 participants. Additional webinars and/or recordings will be provided if necessary.   

Identity Initiative Purchasing Website

Have you used your $500 purchasing website credit? As of May 1, the Division III Identity Initiative purchasing website now features new Gameday the DIII Way items. To view, click here. Do not forget that a $500 credit is available for each institution and conference through August 2018 for purchases from the site.  Access the site by entering the email address of your institution's director of athletics (or for conferences, the commissioner's email address) as the username, and the password you created. For assistance, contact Amy Byrnes at Source One Digital.

ACTION REQUEST: Sport Sponsorship and Demographic Form

The Sport Sponsorship and Demographic Form is open for completion.  The completed form, which is a membership requirement, must be submitted not later than Aug. 1.  Access to the site is through the NCAA single source sign-on.  The instructions and frequently asked questions documents found within the site will guide the user through each area of the form.  If you have additional questions, contact Maria DeJulio.


New 2018 Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Orientation

Division III is launching a new FAR Orientation from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Baltimore.  The program is being held in conjunction with the FARA annual meeting and will focus on understanding the Division III model of athletics, exploring the role of a Division III FAR and enabling participants to get the most from the FARA annual meeting.  Funding for the institute is provided by the Division III budget and covers all attendee expenses. 

The program is open to FARs with two years or less experience in the role, and priority will be given to those who are attending the FARA annual meeting for the first time.  Selections also will focus on accommodating the greatest possible number of Division III conferences and on maximizing diversity in personal and institutional demographics for the class. The 2018 class will include 25 to 30 participants.

Apply using the NCAA Program Hub  through Sept. 1.  Selections will be announced Sept. 7.  This orientation will take place in alternating years (2018, 2020, etc.) with the FAR Fellows Leadership Institute (2019, 2021, etc.).  See the event webpage for further details on the program's purpose, objectives and application. Any questions about the orientation may be directed to Leah Kareti .


The fourth annual Athletics Direct Report (ADR) Institute will take place Jan. 23-24, at the NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida.  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.


Summer of Success

Congratulations Craig Hicks, Denison University Assistant Athletics Director for Communications, on receiving the 2018 Spring Division III and D3SIDA Recognition Award!  The selection committee of D3SIDA members chose Hicks' story titled: "Denison All-American Hannah Rusinko refuses to let Tourette's define her ." The story was exceptionally well done, and Division III and D3SIDA applaud your work and efforts. Award winners receive a $1,500 credit to attend Division III Day held in conjunction with the annual 2018 CoSIDA convention.  

The 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. For more details on the recognition award, click here


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 2017-18 include:

  • Growing Up Hooking Up: Studying Emotional Reactions, Cognitions, Alcohol Use, & Risky Sex (Sept. 2017)
  • Norms - Spring Break & 21st Birthday Interventions (Jan. 2018)
  • Parent Based Intervention (March 2018)
  • Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much & Party So Hard (April 2018)

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

Also, participants may schedule a phone consultation with a 360 Proof implementation expert at any time. To schedule this call, send an email request to and include:

  1. Your name and institution
  2. Your phone number
  3. The topic you would like to discuss
On receipt of this email, you will be contacted directly by a 360 Proof expert to schedule a specific time for the call.


Mental Health Task Force Resources

Since the November 2017 Task Force To Advance Mental Health Best Practices Strategies, the Sport Science Institute has worked collaboratively with task force members, mental health experts and member schools to develop new mental health resources for the membership. Many of these new resources will be available in June.   


The New England Collegiate Conference is the recipient of the May Division III Diversity Spotlight Initiative. The conference senior woman administrators hosted a two-day professional development opportunity: Navigating and Empowering through Collegiate Careers.  Thirty students seeking to pursue a career in collegiate athletics participated in session topics ranging from cover letter and resume writing  to a DiSC assessment to how to have candid conversations. Click here for more information.

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.  All selected recipients receive $500 toward their next diversity initiative.  To submit an initiative for consideration for May, email Louise McCleary, with a brief statement (no more than 500 words) as to why your institution or conference office deserves to be the spotlight recipient. Attach a video or photo if applicable. The nomination deadline is June 21.


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 1,248 total votes Earlham College Hosts Unified Track & Field Meet 2018 won the May Special Olympics Spotlight Poll by gathering 59 percent (743) of the total votes! Earlham College will receive $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. To submit a story for consideration, please email

June Nominees

Here are the stories for the February Special Olympics poll:

Click here to vote starting Friday, June. 1. The winner will be selected June 26, 2018.


2018 Football Preseason Q&A Document

Committee reviewed and approved the NCAA Division III Football Committee's recommendation for blanket waivers applicable during the 2018 football preseason. During its April 9-10 meeting, the NCAA Division III Management Council approved in concept noncontroversial legislation that permanently implements portions of those blanket waivers. Read the question and answer document related to 2018 preseason football practice and review helpful guidance charts here.

SAR Update

The Division III Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement met in Indianapolis May 15-16, 2018. Among other agenda items, the committee reviewed and approved new guidelines addressing community service as a condition of reinstatement and violations involving academic misconduct or impermissible academic assistance. The community service and academic misconduct guidelines will be in effect for violations occurring on or after Aug. 1, 2018, but institutions are encouraged to review the changes before that date. The Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement guidelines and the full report from the committee's May meeting are available on Questions about the committee guidelines should be directed to the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff.

2018 NCAA Regional Rules Seminars

Registration for the 2018 NCAA Regional Rules Seminar is still open.  The Regional Rules Seminars will be June 4-6 in Atlanta and June 25-27 in San Antonio.  Please Note:  The NCAA room block is full at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.  If registering to attend the Atlanta 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


Pathway Program

The Pathway Program is designed to elevate those currently in senior-level positions within athletics administration to the next step as a director of athletics. This year-long program is an intensive, experiential learning opportunity for selected participants representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III.  The program recently selected its 2018-19 Division III participants.  Congratulations to Franco Bari, St. Lawrence University; Jennifer Thomas, Pacific Lutheran University; Bret Billhardt, North Coast Athletic Conference; Lauren Haynie, Wellesley College; and Andrea Belis, Becker College.

Woman of the Year

The 2018 Woman of the Year application period closes at 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 11. The application is available through NCAA Program Hub.  Click here to learn more about the Woman of the Year Award, and click here to learn more about the nomination and award process.  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 2018. Contact Craig Malveaux, coordinator for inclusion, with questions.

Sportsmanship Awards

The Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct (CSEC) is accepting nominations for the 2017-18 NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship and Bob Frederick Sportsmanship awards.  The Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award honors student-athletes and teams who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award honors coaches, administrators and staff who display the utmost respect for NCAA intercollegiate athletics by upholding a demonstrated history of sportsmanship. The committee will select one male and one female recipient and or group of recipients for each division. Of the divisional award recipients, one will be recognized as the overall NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award winner. The committee will announce the Student-Athlete Sportsmanship and the Bob Frederick Sportsmanship awards in August 2018. 

Please review the award criteria below for both awards. Nominations for both awards are being accepted now through Friday, July 6 on the NCAA Program Hub.


Officiating Background Check Pilot Program

A major change to the background check pilot program for the 2018-19 academic year is that the NCAA will ask officials registering for all of the NCAA sponsored-sports that have Central Hubs on the ArbiterSports website to grant the NCAA permission to share their background check report with the conference office(s). As such, background check reports will be available in the following sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, bowling, football, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, women's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and wrestling.

To help conferences understand how to access, sort and review the reports, the NCAA will conduct two one-hour webinars on the following dates: 

  • June 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern time; and 
  • June 19 from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern time.

A reminder email with the webinar information will be distributed to all commissioners Wednesday, June 6. Please contact Ben Brownlee if you have any questions.   

Men's and Women's Basketball Rules Committees

Although this is a not a rules change year for men's and women's basketball, at their annual in-person meetings May 9-11, the rules committees discussed a variety of potential rules changes that the committees might consider when they meet again in May 2019. 

Men's Basketball

  • For men's basketball, this included continued discussions about the following three major potential rules changes - 
    • Moving the 3-point line back approximately 1 foot, 5 inches to the international line of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches,
    • Widening the lane from 12 to 16 feet, which is the same as the international and NBA distance, and 
    • Changing from two 20-minute halves to four 10-minute quarters. 
  • To assist the committee in its continued review, Divisions I, II and III institutions and conferences are encouraged to experiment with these rules during the 2018-19 season. If you are interested in experimenting, please contact the men's basketball secretary-rules editor, Art Hyland.
  • The committee plans to decide on these rules changes at its May 2019 meeting. 
  • Since a different 3-point line and wider lane involve court markings, if approved, those 2 rules changes would not be effective for Divisions II and III until the 2020-21 season. Contact Dan Calandro if you have questions or need additional information.

Women's Basketball:
For women's basketball, the rules committee supported an experimental rule allowing teams to use the international 3-point line in exhibition games before the start of the 2018-19 season. The international line is 22 feet, 1¾ inches. Contact Rachel Seewald if you have questions or need additional information. 

2018 Playing Rules Survey Results

Below are links to the results of six playing rules surveys.

Men's and Women's Soccer Rules.  The Men's and Women's Soccer Rules Committee and Playing Rules Oversight Panel have approved the rules changes for 2018 and 2019. The rules changes can be found here.


Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, May 8-11

Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, May 15-16 


Dates Meeting/Championships Location 
Jun. 5-6   Regional Rules Seminar Atlanta, GA
Jun. 13-15 Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport Indianapolis, IN 
Jun. 14 Conference Rules Seminar York, PA
Jun. 18-19 Championships Committee Meeting Indianapolis, IN 
Jun. 20-21 Membership Committee Meeting Indianapolis, IN
Jun. 26-27 Regional Rules Seminar San Antonio, TX 
Jul. 9-12 Postgraduate Scholarship Committee Meeting Indianapolis, IN
Jul. 12 Student-Athlete Engagement Committee Indianapolis, IN 
Jul. 14-15Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) MeetingIndianapolis, IN
Jul. 16-17Management Council MeetingIndianapolis, IN
Jul. 23-24Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Meeting Indianapolis, IN
Aug. 7Presidents Advisory Group (PAG) MeetingIndianapolis, IN
Aug. 8 Presidents Council MeetingIndianapolis, IN

This email was sent to Division III directors of athletics, faculty athletics representatives, senior woman administrators, athletics direct reports, sports information directors, senior compliance administrators, commissioners, presidents and chancellors currently serving on Division III and Association-wide committees and selected NCAA staff members.

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