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March Education

NCAA Registration Fee-Waiver Eligibility

Student-athletes are eligible for the registration fee to be waived ONLY if they have already received a waiver for the SAT/ACT. An authorized high school official must submit the fee waiver documentation online after the registration is completed.

ACT Fee-Waiver Requirements (must meet one or more):

–          Family receives low-income public assistance

–          Student is a ward of the state

–          Student resides in a foster home

–          Student is homeless

–          Student participates in the free or reduced-price lunch program at school

–          Student participates in federally funded TRIO Program such as Upward Bound

–          Family income is at or below the Bureau of Labor Statistics Low Standard Budget

SAT Fee-Waiver Requirements (must meet one or more):

–          Is enrolled in a program for the economically disadvantaged (AVID or a TRIO Program)

–          Family’s annual income falls within the levels listed by the USDA for free or reduced-price lunches

–          Family receives public assistance

–          Family lives in federally subsidized public housing

–          Is a resident in a foster home

NOTE: International students (living outside the United States, Puerto Rico or U.S. territories) are not eligible for a fee waiver.

NOTE: For more information on NCAA Fee-Waiver Eligibility, click here to view page 8 of the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.

NOTE: Interested in learning more about the eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunches? Click here to view the income requirements.

Recruiting Rule Alert

In case you missed it, the NCAA stated Snapchat is an allowed form of electronic communication for basketball and men’s ice hockey. Here is the full description:

‘In basketball and men’s ice hockey, any type of electronically transmitted correspondence (e.g., e-mail, facsimile, instant message, text message, SnapChat, etc.) may be sent to a prospective-student athlete, provided the correspondence is sent directly to the prospective student-athlete (or his or her parents or legal guardians) and is private between the sender and recipient. Once a prospective student-athlete signs a NLI or an institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or after the institution receives a financial deposit from the prospective student-athlete in response to the institution’s offer of admission, the institution may communicate publicly with that prospective student-athlete.’

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Recruiting Tips

Softball:

–          Underclassman should be sending their schedules to coaches at local schools and juniors should be targeting junior colleges and DIII schools and providing them with schedules as well.

 

Track & Field:

–          All classes (except seniors) should be scheduling and attending unofficial visits! It is difficult to schedule visits during track season, so take advantage of the spring. This will be a great opportunity to see a team in action and how the athletes and coaches interact.

–          Underclassman should be emailing coaches on a bi-weekly basis to update them on PRs. Juniors should be emailing calling coaches on a weekly basis and providing schedules to coaches and requesting evaluations.

 

Golf:

–          Play as many tournaments as possible! Popular summer junior tours include: ijgt.com, sjgt.com, fcwtgolf.com, ajga.org, golfweekjuniortour.com, juniorgolfscoreboard.com, & hjgt.org.

 

Tennis:

–          Reach out to coaches and schedule visits – this is the perfect time to see collegiate matches! Plan on playing in USTA tournaments to improve your rankings – USTA is a must to play college tennis.

–          Upperclassman should sign up for an ITA tournament (Intercollegiate Tennis Association).  This will be an opportunity to compete against current college players.

 

March NCAA Articles

 

Colter, Northwestern football players seek right to unionize

  • Kain Colter and other Northwestern players announced Tuesday the creation of the College Athletes Protection Association (CAPA) in cooperation with the National College Players Association (NCPA) and the United Steelworkers Union pending review by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
  • Ramogi Huma, president of the NCPA, said CAPA’s goals are the same as those of the NCPA. The group has pressed for better concussion and other medical protections, and for scholarships to cover the full cost of attendance.
  • Having already successfully advocated for the creation of multiyear scholarships, the NCPA now would like those scholarships to be guaranteed even if a player is no longer able to continue for injury or medical reasons. The group has also called for a trust fund that players could tap into after their NCAA eligibility expires to finish schooling or be rewarded for finishing schooling.
  • At first, only Division I FBS football and men’s basketball players — the athletes at the center of the commercial enterprise — will be eligible to join CAPA because they are best situated to make a case to be treated as employees, Huma said.  Over time, CAPA may expand its scope to include other sports.

 

NCAA Response to Colter, NCPA

  • Donald Remy, Chief Legal Counsel of the NCAA, released the following statement:

“This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education. Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary. We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize…Student-athletes are not employees within any definition of the National Labor Relations Act or the Fair Labor Standards Act. We are confident the National Labor Relations Board will find in our favor, as there is no right to organize student athletes.”

Division II Supports New Health & Safety Proposals

  • More than 80% of voters at the NCAA Convention backed proposals that require every member school to designate a team physician to oversee their sports medicine operations.
  • They also backed a move to reduce the penalty for a first-time positive test for street drugs — such as marijuana — to 50 percent of a season of competition.
  • The reduction in the street-drug penalty was recommended to distinguish penalties for street-drug use from PEDs, the use of which is considered cheating, whereas the use of street drugs such as marijuana was often a coping mechanism for stress, and a reduced penalty would allow schools to keep student-athletes in a supportive environment where they can get help.

TN Governor Proposes Free Tuition for High School Grads at 2 Year Schools

  • Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s “Tennessee Promise” proposal would cover a full ride at two-year schools for any high school graduate in his state, at a cost of $34 million per year.
    • Haslam touts his plan as the only one in the country that would waive all tuition and fees for high school graduates who participate in mentoring programs, and encourages grads to attend two-year colleges first.
    • The plan is a cornerstone of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” campaign to improve Tennessee graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 to help improve overall job qualifications.

Tougher academic standards proving successful for South Carolina school district

  • Beaufort County School District raised its academic standards, beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
  • The new standard requires student-athletes to maintain a 2.0 GPA, while the old rules simply required a student-athlete to pass four or five classes, depending on the semester.
  • This year, 95% of middle school and 94% of high school student-athletes met the 2.0 requirement to play fall and winter sports, which are each up 1% from last year.

University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena to get a facelift

  • The University of Kentucky has proposed a 310 million dollar renovation to the home of its basketball team, Rupp Arena.
  • This renovation would include a new glass and steel structure that would encase the current building, increased convention space, as well as a new plaza between the Hyatt Regency hotel and the arena itself.
  • The proposal is asking for 65 million dollars of public funds, but it is unclear at the moment how the other 245 million would be raised.
  • The renovation is expected to be completed in time for the 2017 season.

UNC whistleblower Willingham considering lawsuit against UNC provost

  • After UNC provost Jim Dean discredited her findings about the literacy of student-athletes, Mary Willingham is considering a lawsuit against him.
  • She has been in contact with her attorney along with a whistleblower organization to determine what her next step will be.
  • The issue is the lack of transparency from the University in the analysis of her data.
  • The lawsuit would seem to be only against Dean himself and would not include the University, and Willingham isn’t in it for the money, saying that any money she would win in the suit would be donated toward literacy programs.

Targeting Rule/Defensive Substitution/Play Clock Changes

  • The NCAA Football Rules Committee has proposed a change to the targeting rule imposed before the 2013 season.
  • The rule change keeps the review and ability for the official to wave off the targeting and ensuing ejection as well as remove the accompanying 15 yard personal foul penalty unless a second personal foul occurs in conjunction with the alleged targeting.
  • A second proposal calls for defensive substitutions to be allowed within the first 10 seconds of the 40 second play clock except during the last two minutes of each half, and penalizes the offense 5 yards if the ball is snapped before the play clock reaches 29 seconds or less.
  • The proposal comes on the heels of discussions regarding player safety with the advent of fast-paced offenses in college football that have made defensive substitution difficult.
  • The implementation of the targeting and 10-second rule changes for the 2014 season will be put to a vote on March 6.

Colter testifies before NLRB

  • Colter compared the intense preparation, 50-60 hour work weeks and other commitment associated with Division I football to Navy SEAL training.
  • CAPA lawyer John Adam argued that players are “subject to the fundamental rule – no work, no compensation.  They earn their compensation with their blood, sweat and tears.”
  • NU attorney Alex Barbour argued that scholarships “come with no strings attached…and have no bearing on” the actual performance of players because a standout is paid the same as a player who “never sets foot on the field.”

Virginia approves transgender athlete participation

  • The Virginia High School League unanimously passed a motion to allow transgender students to participate in athletics.
  • There are a number of criteria that must be met, including the student-athlete needing to undergo hormone therapy.
  • There are 18 other states that have policies for transgender student-athletes.

Philadelphia Phillies turn in unsigned draft pick to NCAA

  • The Philadelphia Phillies, after not being able to sign their fifth round pick, Oregon State rising senior Ben Wetzler, reported him to the NCAA for contact with an agent.
  • Wetzler sought help from an agent during contract negotiations and had the agent attend meetings with the Phillies, which is common practice for MLB draft picks, but violates NCAA rules.
  • When Wetzler decided to return to school instead of sign with the Phillies, the team turned him into the NCAA.
  • Wetzler will now miss 20% of his senior season (11 games) due to the NCAA violations.
  • This is the first time in 22 years that a MLB team has reported a player for such violations.

University of Oklahoma self-reports ridiculous NCAA violations

  • The University of Oklahoma football program reported some hilarious recruiting violations.
  • The first two were pocket dials by Assistant Coach Bruce Kittle.
  • The third violation involved the amount of pasta three current student-athletes received at a graduation banquet.
  • The three players were provided pasta in excess of the permissible amount and were required to donate $3.83 each (the cost of a serving of pasta) to the charity of their choice (They all ended up donating $5 each).
  • The NCAA did respond to Oklahoma’s report, saying this about the self-reported violations, “While we appreciate Oklahoma’s commitment, there are no NCAA rules regarding portion sizes, and any penalties were determined by the university.”

 

March Recruiting Calendars

 

Baseball

                Contact Period: March 1st March 31st

 Softball

Contact Period: March 1st – March 31st

Men’s Basketball

Recruiting Period: March 1st – March 31st

 

Women’s Basketball

Contact Period: March 1st – March 31st

Women’s Volleyball

Contact Period: March 1st – March 31st

(1)    State specific contact and evaluation times: In states that play the high school volleyball season in the winter, contacts and evaluations are allowed January 1 through the Friday prior to the Presidents Day weekend tournaments.

Football

Quiet Period: March 1st – March 31st

Football Regular Signing Period: February 5th-April 1st

Track & Field/Cross Country

Contact Period: March 1st – March 13th

Dead Period: March 14th (12:01 AM) – March 16th (12:01AM)

(1)    Due to the Indoor Track & Field Championships

Contact Period: March 16th (12:02AM) – March 31st

Signing Period: February 5th – August 1st

Men’s Lacrosse

Contact Period: March 1st – March 31st

Women’s Lacrosse

Contact Period: March 1st – March 31st

*Additional Sport Specific Information*

                Signing Period (Field Hockey, Soccer, Men’s Water Polo): February 5th – August 1st

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