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United States Collegiate Athletic Association

Nati onal Conventi on Rati ngs/Sel ecti ons Town Hal l Meeti ng Mi nutes


Co
-
Presented by Jim Heath,

Anthony Macapuguay

& Matt Simms



Tuesday

June 14
, 2011

11
:0
0

a
.m.


I.

(
10:57

a.m.)
Introducti on

a.

The purpose of thi s
meeti ng i s to di scuss the proposed l egi sl ati on from the USCAA
membershi p i n regards to the Rati ngs & Sel ecti ons cri teri a.

II.

(11:00 a.m.) Stat Reporti ng

a.

Proposed by Adam Hol brook
-

Southern State Communi ty Col l ege



The host school of nati onal tournaments shoul d

have to fol l ow the same gui del i nes
as the other school s, and i f they fai l i n reporti ng stats consecuti ve weeks, they
shoul d be di squal ified from nati onal tournament parti ci pation.

Reporti ng cl ub and
JV games i s opti onal, and i f reported the affi l iation o
f that school ’s varsity team be
i ncl uded on the resul ts page of the USCAA. Rather than cl ub or JV, i t shoul d say D
-
III
JV, etc.



Poi nts of di scussion for the sub
-
commi ttee:

o

Cl ari ficati on as to what defi nes what can account as a “game” i n USCAA
standards

III.

(11:07 a.m.) Coaches Pol l

o

Proposed by Ed Moran
-

Central Penn Col l ege



The coaches’ pol l voters be publ i ci zed, rotated each year among al l of the
teams, and that coaches be sel ected i n regi ons. For exampl e 3
-
4 coaches from
New Engl and regi on, 3
-
4 from P
A regi on(regi on wi th 15 teams i n Di vi si on II), 3
-
4 from the south regi on (Vi rgi ni a and l ower states), 3
-

4 from the Mi dwest
regi on, etc.


Thi s way we coul d cl ai m true fai rness i n voti ng and hopeful l y
promote more teams to pl ay each other wi thi n the USCAA.

o

Poi nts of di scussion for the sub
-
commi ttee:



Shoul d the USCAA publ i ci ze the
coaches’

pol l members?



NCAA & NAIA do currentl y publ i ci ze thei r coaches pol l members



Matt Ri chards & Bi l l Ashby expressed di si nterest and cauti on about
publ i ci zing the coaches pol l

members



Publ i ci ze the regi onal i zation and l evel of membershi p (NCAA, NAIA, etc.) of the
representati ves on the
coaches’

pol l?



Publ i ci ze the fi nal
coaches’

pol l after the end of the respecti ve Champi onshi ps?

2




Shoul d representati ves on the
coaches’

pol l be a
l l owed to vote for thei r own
team? Does thi s system work wi th our current system?



Shoul d the
coaches’

pol l wai t a few weeks before bei ng publ i ci zed to remove
the skew of teams who pl ay many games at the begi nni ng of the season?



The Nati onal Offi ce contact

the AD’s di rectl y to i nqui re about coaches servi ng
on the
coaches’

pol l commi ttee rather than the coaches i ndi vi dually.

I
V.

(11:23

a.m.)
Coaches Pol l

o

Proposed by Garth Pl easant
-

Rochester Col l ege



We now use four vari ables to come up wi th the composi te on
the stati sti cs, the
wi nni ng percentage, the rati ng, the power percentage rati ng and the strength
of schedul e.


I suggest that we add the
coaches’

pol l to these vari abl es to come
up wi th the composi te.


The teams who are sel ected woul d come from the
composi
te score. We coul d even gi ve the coaches pol l some extra wei ght as a
vari abl e such as doubl ing i t.



o

Poi nts of di scussion for the sub
-
commi ttee:



None presented

V. (11:28 a.m.)
Game Stati sti cs Submi ssions

o

Proposed by the USCAA Nati onal Offi ce



For the
2011
-
12 sport season i t i s strongl y recommended al l schools uti lize
computeri zed stati sti cs for reporti ng to the Nati onal Stati sti cian.



Al l USCAA member i nsti tuti ons wi l l be requi red to submi t onl y computeri zed
stats to the USCAA Nati onal Stati sti cian begi
nni ng the 2012
-
13
seasons
.



Fai l ure to compl y by Fal l of 2012 can resul t i n sancti ons pl aced agai nst the
i nsti tuti on.

o

Poi nts of di scussion for the sub
-
commi ttee:



The goal i s to ensure the stati sti cs submi tted and publ i ci zed by the Nati onal
Offi ce woul d be
uni form i n each respecti ve sport.

VI. (11:34 a.m.) Addi ti onal Cl arificati ons from the Membershi p i n regards to Rati ngs/Sel ecti ons

o

Di scussion by Cl i nt Pl easant (Rochester Col l ege)



Coaches uti l i zi ng real
-
ti me data to construct thei r coaches pol l submi ssions
rather than the i nformati on provi ded from the Nati onal Offi ce whi ch i s
general l y a week behi nd.

o

Di scussion by Uni ty Col l ege



Incl ude the cl assifi cations for the “Other” category i n the Power Ranki ngs
publ i cati on on the USCAA websi te.

3


o

Di scussion by Cl i nt Pl e
asant (Rochester Col l ege)



Remove NCAA Di vi si on III and NAIA Di vi si on II from the “Other” category from
the Power Ranki ngs.



Create an addi ti onal l evel of category for the Power Ranki ngs to i ncl ude NCAA
Di vi si on III and NAIA Di vi sion II.



The rati onal e years
ago when these categori es were grouped i nto the “Other”
category was to ensure USCAA i nsti tuti ons val ues were not di mi ni shed.


--
11:43 a.m. End of meeti ng
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United States Collegiate Athletic Association

National Convention

Bylaws Town Hall Meeting Minutes

Presented by Dave Gonyea

Tuesday June 14, 2011 2:30 p.m.


III.

(2:34 p.m.) Introducti on

a.

The purpose of thi s meeti ng i s to di scuss the proposed l egi sl ati on from the USCAA
membershi p i n regards to the Byl aws cri teri a.

IV.

(2:38 p.m.)

El i gi bi li ty

a.

Proposed by USCAA Board Presi dent’s Advi sory El i gi bi lity Commi ttee

1.

(2:39 p.m.) Proposal for Secti on 5 Transfer Requi rements
-

Legi sl ati on shoul d be
added to state the fol l owi ng:

“When determi ni ng el i gi bi lity for transfer student
-
athl etes, GPA
s from previ ous
col l eges shoul d NOT be consi dered when determi ni ng el i gi bi l i ty.”

Rati onal e: Currentl y, there are some school s that are i ncl udi ng previ ous gpa’s
i n there cumul ati ve gpa cal cul ati on and some school that are not. By i nsti tuti ng
thi s l egi sl ati o
n, i t woul d provi de for greater consi stency across al l USCAA when
determi ni ng el i gi bi l i ty. One thi ng to consi der, though, i s that fact that not
i ncl udi ng previ ous gpa’s when a student
-
athl ete transfers wi l l encourage
student athl etes to transfer versus sta
yi ng at thei r i nsti tuti ons and worki ng to
get themsel ves el i gi bl e (Secti on #4B). Proposed l egi sl ati on to address thi s fact is
provi ded i n i tem #6 bel ow.



USCAA shoul d mandate that GPAs of transfer students not be
consi dered for determi ni ng the transfer’s e
l i gi bi l i ty

2.

(2:43 p.m.) Proposal for Secti on 3E & 3F
-

Legi sl ati on shoul d be added to provi de
cl ari fi cati on on “accumul ated” credi t hours. Shoul d further detai l “attempted”
credi t hours whether a student
-
athl ete has passed, f
ai l ed, or wi thdrawn from
cl ass(
s).


Rati onal e: Currentl y, several USCAA school s are counti ng credi t hours based on
thei r own

rati onal e, school pol i ci es and/or i nterpretati on of Secti on 3E & 3F.
For exampl e, some school s are onl y counti ng the accumul ated credi t hours that
transfer i nto t
hei r school, some school s are not counti ng attempted credi t
hours that an athl ete may have fai l ed or wi thdrawn from, etc. Further
cl ari fi cati on on what shoul d be counted and not counted i s necessary to
provi de consi stency i n determi ni ng el i gi bi l i ty.


3.

(2:45

p.m.) Proposal for Secti on 6B
-

Legi sl ati on shoul d mandate that al l i nstituti ons
must submi t el i gi bi l i ty forms to the
nati onal offi ce

pri or to the fi rst contest. The
fi nal deadl i ne to submi t forms for sports spanni ng two semesters wi l l be January
15
th
.
Fai l ure to submi t forms by deadl i ne wi l l resul t i n di squal i fi cati on from post
season competi ti on for that year.


Rati onal e: Secti on 6B currentl y al l ows for USCAA school s to turn i n forms by
February 1
st
. Thi s i nevi tabl y means that school s coul d knowi ngl y
be pl ayi ng
i nel i gi ble pl ayers duri ng the month of January. Some school s on the other hand
do not have the abi l i ty to have cumul ati ve gpa’s determi ned by thei r fi rst game
of the second hal f of the season (ex: some school s may pl ay on January 4
th

or
5


5
th
). Th
erefore, al l owi ng for a January 15
th

provi des a compromi se between the
February 1
st

date and the fi rst contest of the second hal f of the season.


4.

(2:47 p.m.) Proposal for Secti on 1C
-

The word “i denti fi ed” shoul d be repl aced wi th
“attendi ng” under Arti cl e

XVII Secti on 1C byl aws to provi de cl ari fi cati on for a
students’ enrol l ment i n a two
-
year or four year i nsti tuti on.


Rati onal e: The word “i denti fi ed” does not provi de a cl ear defi ni ti on for
accurate i nterpretati on of secti on 1C. Needs more cl ari fi cati on.


5.

(2:49 p.m.) Proposal for Secti on 4H


The word “fourth” under the exempti on
cl ause shoul d be changed to “one year” as fol l ows: Student
-
athl etes may compl ete
one year of athl eti c el i gi bi l i ty onl y i f they are parti ci pati ng as a ful l ti me student at
the i ns
ti tuti on for whi ch the recei ved thei r bachel or’s degree.


Rati onal e: The word “fourth” i mpl i es that they can onl y parti ci pate i f i t happens
to be thei r fourth year of competi ti on when i n actual i ty i t coul d be al so be thei r
fi rst, second or thi rd year of a
ctual competi ti on.


6.

(2:52 p.m.) In conjuncti on wi th l egi sl ati on under Arti cl e XVII Secti on 4B, the USCAA
shoul d establ i sh gui del i nes for rei nstatement of el i gi bi l i ty for student
-
athl etes who
remai n at thei r previ ous i nsti tuti on after (1) bei ng deemed acad
emi cal l y i nel i gi bl e
and (2) havi ng not been enrol l ed ful l
-
ti me for 12 consecuti ve cal endar months. The
rei nstatement gui del i nes proposed are as fol l ows:

a.

GPAs shoul d not be consi dered for rei nstatement. No i ni ti al threshol d for
student returni ng to i nsti t
uti on where vi ol ati on occurred.

b.

After the fi rst semester, a 1.6gpa must be obtai ned.

c.

After compl eti ng one year of “transfer rei nstatement” at a new school, a
2.0gpa must be obtai ned by the fol l owi ng season of parti ci pati on.

d.

If these gui del i nes are not achi
eved at any poi nt, the student athl ete wi l l
then be deemed i nel i gi bl e for i n season competi ti on unti l the requi red GPA
i s establ i shed.

e.

An “El i gi bi lity Rei nstatement” form woul d need to be establ i shed si mi lar to
the USCAA Transfer Form. Thi s form woul d i den
ti fy student
-
athl etes who
are seeki ng rei nstatement after si tti ng out one cal endar year. The ori gi nal
i nsti tuti on woul d be responsi bl e for submi tti ng the form (al ong wi th GPA
el i gi bi l i ty form) at the begi nni ng of the athl eti c season to noti fy the USCAA
of
the student
-
athl etes status.

i.

Rati onal e: The proposed l egi sl ati on was created to accompl i sh two objecti ves;
(1) to counteract the potenti al for student
-
athl etes to become a vi cti m of
“doubl e jeopardy”, and (2) to encourage student
-
athl etes to remai n at the

i nsti tuti on i n whi ch the el i gi bi l ity vi olation occurred. As i t currentl y stands,
student
-
athl etes who fal l under the gui del i nes establ i shed i n Arti cl e XVII
Secti on 4B and chooses to transfer, can do so wi th a cl ean sl ate (accordi ng to
proposal #1). But,

the student
-
athl ete who fal l s under those same gui del i nes
and chooses not to transfer has the potenti al to establ i sh i niti al el i gibility (ex.
Fal l term), perform wel l academi cal ly i n that term, and sti l l become i nel i gi ble
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duri ng the next term, as a resul t

of thei r cumul ati ve GPA at that i nsti tuti on
(doubl e jeopardy). Thi s encourages student
-
athl etes to transfer, and ul ti mately
seek out a l oop hol e to beat the system.

1.

Current USCAA Byl aws al most encourage academi cal ly i nel igi ble
athl etes to transfer i n
order to start wi th a “cl ean sl ate”


V.

El i gi bi lity

a.

Proposed by USCAA Board of Di rectors

o

(3:02 p.m.)
Move to Revi se:

Secti on 3D



Second semester students must have achi eved a GPA of 1.6.
Thereafter, al l students must pass 24 credi t hours the two precedi ng
terms of
attendance.


Excepti on.


If a freshman compl etes thei r fi rst semester at an
i nsti tuti on and l eaves the fol l owi ng semester, upon the student's return they
may reestabl i sh thei r el i gi bil ity by compl eti ng the necessary credi ts to reach 12
duri ng a su
mmer or i nteri m peri od onl y.

To:

Secti on 3D

Normal Progress
-

In order to mai ntai n el i gi bility, student
athl etes must accumul ate the fol l owi ng credi t hours and GPA to begi n thei r
next season of competi ti on.

In Order to Begi n:

Student Must Have:

Student Mus
t Have:

1
st

semester of Freshman Year

(*Sports spanni ng two semesters)

9 credi t hours

1.6 GPA

2
nd

Season of Competi ti on

24 credi t hours

1.75 GPA

3
rd

Season of Competition

48 credit hours

2.0 GPA

4
th

Season of Competi ti on

72 credi t hours

2.0 GPA


For
sports spanni ng two semesters, i nsti tuti ons must submi t an el i gi bi l ity
report pri or thei r fi rst contest of the spri ng semester. At that ti me, student
athl etes who have been deemed el i gi bl e to begi n the season of competi ti on
must meet onl y the GPA requi rem
ent establ i shed for thei r season of
competi ti on.



Possi ble probl ems



Athl ete competes i n the fal l, meets GPA and credi t hour
requi rements, takes off the spri ng for personal reasons.
They come back i n the fol l owi ng fal l to compete i n thei r
second season. Th
ey woul d be deemed i nel i gi ble
accordi ng to thi s rul e.



VI.

Move to stri ke the fol l owi ng gui del i nes:



Secti on 3E



After accumul ati ng 24
-
48 credi t hours, the student must have achi eved a 1.75
cumul ati ve GPA.

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Secti on 3F



After accumul ati ng more than 48 credi t hours, the student must achi eve a 2.0
cumul ati ve GPA.



Secti on 2C



Non
-
Term
: Enrol l ment i n fewer than 12 i nsti tuti onal credi t hours duri ng a
semester, summer sessi on or i nter
-
term.

VII.

(3:14 p.m.) Proposi ng the A
ddi ti on of:



Secti on 4B
-
1


Upon matri cul ati ng to a USCAA member i nsti tuti on fol l owi ng a one year
hi atus, student athl etes wi l l adhere stri ctl y to al l USCAA gui del i nes, i ncl uding normal
progress requi rements.

o

“Hi atus” may be a vague term to use

VIII.

(3:16 p.m.)
Proposi ng the Addi ti on of:



Secti on 5C


The USCAA does not requi re an i nsti tuti on to cal cul ate the GPA of a student
who has transferred to thei r i nsti tuti on.

IX.

(3:17 p.m.) Proposi ng Revi si on of:

Secti on 4H


Col l ege graduates are i nel i gi ble for athl eti c co
mpeti ti on wi th the
USCAA.


Excepti ons:


Student athl etes may compl ete thei r fourth year of
athl eti c el i gi bi lity onl y i f they are parti ci pati ng as a ful l ti me student at the
i nsti tuti on for whi ch they recei ved thei r bachel or's degree.


To:

Secti on 4H


St
udents
wi th a bachel or’s degree are i nel i gi ble

for athl eti c
competi ti on wi th the USCAA.


Excepti ons:


Student athl etes may compl ete
one
year of

el i gi bi lity as a graduate student
, onl y i f they are parti ci pati ng as a ful l
ti me student at the i nsti tuti on for
whi ch they recei ved thei r bachel or's degree.


o

Proposed addi ti on that ful l ti me status be determi ned by the graduate
school.

X.

(3:22 p.m.) Proposi ng Revi si on of:

Secti on 6 C



For addi ng pl ayers to rosters, the form needs to be resubmi tted
wi th the appropri ate i nformati on. The deadl i ne for addi ng pl ayers for sports
spanni ng two semesters i s February 1.

To:

Secti on 6 C



For addi ng pl ayers to rosters, the
USCAA el i gi bi lity

form

needs
to be resubmi tted wi th the appropri ate i nformati on.
The deadl i ne for addi ng
pl ayers i s the fol l owi ng:

Fal l Sports


October 1

8


Wi nter Sports
-

February 1

Spri ng Sports


Apri l 1


o

Possi ble probl ems

o

Teams may l ose pl ayers to i njury after the add
date and not
have enough to compete i n l ater competi ti ons.


XI.

El i gi bi lity

a.

Proposed by Ji m Gastner
-

Penn State
-
Brandywi ne

i.

Incl ude the PSUAC

on the l i st of excepti ons and uti l i ze PSUAC el i gi bi l ity
gui del i nes i n regards to

Arti cl e XVII, Secti on 1D of USCAA Byl aws whi ch states

1.

“Members who hol d dual membershi p i n NAIA and/or NCAA wi l l be
al l owed to use those respecti ve el i gi bi lity gui del ines. The respecti ve
NCAA and/or NAIA el i gi bi lity form must be forwarded to the USCAA
el
i gi bi lity chai r”


XII.

2011 Nomi nees for Board of Di rectors

a.

Nomi nated by the USCAA Board of Di rectors

i.

The Board of Di rectors, i n accordance wi th Arti cl e III, Secti on 4 of the USCAA
Byl aws, nomi nate the fol l owi ng i ndi vi duals to the Board of Di rectors for a four
-
year term:

1.

Dave Gonyea

2.

Matt Ri chards

3.

Andy Ki rschner

XIII.

Fai l ure to Submi t El i gi bi lity

a.

Proposed by the USCAA Nati onal Offi ce

i.

Insti tuti ons that fai l to submi t el i gi bi l ity by the requi red dates as stated i n the
USCAA Byl aws wi l l be subject to the fol l owi ng sanc
ti ons:

1.

1
st

offense

a.

The athl eti c department wi l l recei ve a warni ng

b.

Fai l ure to compl y wi th the warni ng coul d resul t i n
di squal ificati on for postseason competi ti on.

2.

2
nd

offense

a.

The athl eti c department may be pl aced on probati on for the
fol l owi ng year to
i ncl ude i nel i gi bility for postseason
competi ti on and awards.

b.

Fai l ure to submi t el i gi bi lity forms duri ng the probati onary
peri od may resul t i n removal of the school from the
organi zati on

XIV.

(3:42)

End of meeti ng.









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United States Collegiate Athletic Assoc
iation

National Convention Championships Town Hall Meeting Minutes

Presented by Matt Simms and Perry Shockley


Tuesday June 14, 2011 3:45 p.m.

I.

(3:51 p.m.) Regi onal i zati on i n the USCAA (Ki rshner)

a.

Whi l e benefi ci al i t woul d add to travel budget

b.

Regi onal
tournament woul d be l ess costl y than nati onal travel

c.

6
-
8 regi ons wi th each regi on recei vi ng one auto bi d, wi th at
-
l arge bi ds avai lable as wel l

d.

No members forced i nto regi onal i zation, woul d become i ndependent

i.

Must work wi th nati onal offi ce to further di scus
s regi onalization

II.

(3:55) Women’s Di vi sion 2 Expl oratory Report (Capozzi )

f.

Currentl y 40 school s woul d be consi dered D2

g.

11 games woul d be added to nati onal tournament

h.

Commi ttee recommends addi ng fi fth day to tournament

i.

$2,560 woul d be added to tournament
budget

j.

Concerned about qual i ty of pl ay

k.

In, 2011 tournament the top ei ght seeds woul d be Di vi si on 1

o

Report Recommendation
: Impl ement 8
-
team nati onal tournament for a 2 year
tri al peri od, whi l e reduci ng Women’s D1 to ei ght teams

o

Di vi si on 2 Tournament woul d
el evate women’s basketbal l, wi n l oss records
woul d gradual l y i mprove (Hogan)

o

For 2012, have women’s tournament expanded to 16 teams, nati onal offi ce
must research wi th potenti al D2 teams to determi ne feasi bi l ity of expandi ng to
two di vi sions (Ri chards)

II.

(4:
24)
Pol i cy di scussions (Si mms)

o

Addi ti on of Bowl i ng as USCAA sport



In attendance 12 school s currentl y have bowl i ng



Put together commi ttee to research possi bl e addi tion



Avai l abl e to provi de i nsi ght i nto bowl i ng (Wal l ace, Lynchburg)

o

Expandi ng Men’s basketbal l

tournament to ten teams



Potenti al years fi el d coul d not be as strong as l ast year’s, strength of teams
vari es each year (Capozzi )

o

Expandi ng Men’s basketbal l tournament to 16 teams

o

Al l postseason awards be purchased by USCAA

o

Change Nati onal Al l
-
Academi c Aw
ards from pl aque to certi fi cate (USCAA)

o

Add “Worl d Seri es” to softbal l nati onal champi onships ti tl e (Bradl ey)

o

Schedul e change for nati onal basketbal l tournament, whi ch woul d begi n on Sunday



In attendance al l athl eti c di rector’s agreed wi th the change excep
t Capozzi



Do we real l y want Nati onal Champi onship pl ayed on a Thursday? (Capozzi )

o

Gi ve school s Di rectors Cup poi nts for the fol l owi ng year for attendi ng Nati onal
Conventi on



Unani mous deci si on by al l attendees

III.

(4:46)

End of Meeti ng


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