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Lovely parting gifts

Two video gifts for you as we make our exit:

The new women's basketball recruiting model. If you think this looks suspiciously like the recently adopted men's model, you'd be right. We have it in two formats: for your iPhone and for everything else.

RWG final 1-13.001



The newly adopted Rules Working Group proposals. They're all here; again, for your iPhone and for everything else.


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About face

Today on LSDBi:

Staff Interpretation
Introduction of Student-Athletes at an Athletics Contest (I)
The academic and membership affairs staff determined that a member institution is permitted to introduce a group that includes prospective student-athletes at an intercollegiate athletics contest, provided the group is visiting campus on a basis unrelated to recruitment and the prospective student-athletes are introduced by group name only. [References: NCAA Bylaws 13.10.6 (introduction of prospective student-athlete); 13.2.1 (general regulation); 13.7.2.5 (visit unrelated to recruitment); and a staff interpretation (01/20/89), Item No. b), which has been archived]

I wonder what prompted the 180 from this:

Staff Interpretation
Introduction of prospects at athletics contest
Archived Interpretation 
Date Published: January 20, 1989 
Archive Info: Due to 1/31/13 staff interpretation, Item No. a

b. Introduction of Prospects at Athletics Contest: Reviewed Bylaw 13.10.4 (introduction of prospect) and 2/11/87 staff interpretation, Item No. 2; determined that member institutions would not be permitted to introduce a group of visiting prospects at an intercollegiate athletics contest, even if the prospects are not identified as prospects and no names are mentioned, inasmuch as only preexisting groups formed on bases unrelated to recruitment may be introduced (only by group name) during such an event.

More trees saved

From LSDBi's announcement page:

Beginning this Spring, secondary violation self-reporting will be incorporated into AMA Online. The addition of secondary reporting will enable member institutions and conferences to submit secondary violation self-reports electronically. With the incorporation of secondary self-reporting, the AMA Online system will be renamed Requests/Self-Reports Online (or R/S-RO). More information about self-reporting on Requests/Self-Reports Online will follow.

OK, but maybe the worst acronym ever. How about keeping AMA Online and simply naming this part of it something like "Blotter"?

RWG effective dates

The batch of Rules Working Group Proposals adopted last week carry an effective date of August 1, 2013, except for 13-3, which has an effective date of July 1, 2013.

The batch: RWG 11-2, 11-3-B, 11-4, 12-1, 12-2, 12-3, 12-4, 12-5, 12-6, 13-1, 13-3, 13-4, 13-5-A (as amended to retain Bylaw 13.4.2-Conference Restrictions), 13-7, 13-8, 14-1, 16-1, 16-2, 16-3, 16-4, 16-5, 16-6, 16-7, 16-8, and 20-1.

They're all on LSDBi.

And RWG 13-2 was "remanded to the Rules Working Group for review and resubmission to the Board for adoption on an expedited time frame as soon as is practicable."

Also on LSDBi: Proposals 2013-1, 2013-2, and 2013-3 covering the new women's basketball recruiting model, and Proposal 2013-4, which enables former coaches to serve on the Committee on Infractions.

UPDATE: Proposal 13-5-A will also have an effective date of July 1, 2013.

Three basketball EdCols

New on LSDBi today are EdCols for:

Men's basketball recruiting model

Men's basketball summer activities

Men's basketball on-campus evaluations

Very handy.

Since a new model was also adopted for women's basketball last weekend, much of this information should be applicable to that sport as well, particularly for summer activities and on-campus evaluations.

Here comes signing day

The February NLI signing window is upon us. And so is a dead period. We have reminders for football and other sports.


Oh, yeah, that, too

Forgot to mention the new women's basketball recruiting model that was adopted by the Board last Saturday, largely effective 8/1/2013. The on-campus evaluations and summer access portions are effective immediately.


The RWG package

The NCAA website has the story on the Board of Directors actions today. In a nutshell, everything was adopted (all effective 8/1/2013, apparently), except RWG Proposal 13-2, which establishes a common starting point for recruiting. Adoption of 13-2 was delayed due to concerns from various coaches groups about the proposed date (July 1 after the sophomore year of high school).

Approaching the starting blocks

A brief story about today's Legislative Council meeting. The discussion of Proposal 13-2 appears to be the highlight.

And the report is out, too.

The Legislative Council did not support adopting as emergency legislation the five proposals from the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports. Instead, they'll go into the 2013-14 legislative cycle. Proposal 2011-85, which creates a pre-season men's basketball practice schedule model similar to that for women's basketball was referred to the Rules Working Group, and Proposal 2011-84-A, which removes the 5:00 p.m. starting time for men's basketball practice was not moved. 

The Legislative Council also heard from an outside consultant regarding the upcoming review of the Division I governance structure.

Here's your three-word translation: Change is coming.

Split official visit travel

Posted today on LSDBi:

Official Interpretation
Coach Traveling with Prospective Student-Athlete's Parents to Campus on an Official Visit (I)
The committee confirmed that if a prospective student-athlete flies to an institution for an official visit and his or her parents or legal guardians drive to the institution's campus to accompany the prospective student-athlete on the official visit, it is permissible for a member institution’s coach to ride with the prospective student-athlete's parents or legal guardians from their home to the institution and back to their home. In such circumstances, the 48-hour period for the official visit is initiated when the prospective student-athlete's parents or legal guardians begin transporting the coach to campus. Any dialogue in excess of an exchange of a greeting with the prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardians prior to the trip to campus is a countable contact. Therefore, such contact may only occur during a permissible contact period (recruiting period in men's basketball). At the conclusion of the 48-hour period, the coach shall immediately terminate contact with the prospective student-athlete and his or her parents or legal guardians [References: NCAA Bylaws 13.02.4 (contact), 13.02.5.3 (recruiting period -- men's basketball), 13.1.5 (contacts), 13.5.2.2.3 (coach accompanying prospective student-athlete and parents and legal guardians) and staff interpretations (01/28/87, Item No. 4-a-(3), 08/24/12, Item No. b and 10/15/12, Item No. d, which have been archived)]

It all makes sense, but I wonder how often this actually happens.