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(Pending Proposal Draft for Competition with Professionals and Definition of Professional Team, namely the reconsideration of withholding conditions for prospects who competed pre-enrollment on teams that featured professionals, but did not themselves receive above and beyond permissible expenses per Bylaw 12, as well as treatment of post-first-opportunity-to-enroll amateurism matters, will be posted herein as soon as it becomes available.Related Amateurism Cabinet Reports from February and June 2009 meetings are important to review.)

DI Amateurism:

2008-79-1

Adopted – Final         Process Diagram

To amend Proposal No. 2008-79 to specify that, in men’s basketball, an enrolled student-athlete may enter a professional league’s draft one time during his collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in the sport, provided the student-athlete requests that his name be removed from the draft list and declares his intent to resume intercollegiate participation no later than the end of May 8 of the year in which the draft will occur; the student-athlete’s declaration of intent is submitted in writing to the institution’s director of athletics; and the student-athlete is not drafted.

Amend 12.2.4.2.1, as follows:

12.2.4.2.1 Exception — Professional Basketball Draft — Four-Year College Student-Athlete.

12.2.4.2.1.1 Men’s Basketball.  In men’s basketball, an enrolled student-athlete may enter a professional league’s draft one time during his collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in that sport, provided:

(a) The student-athlete requests that his name be removed from the draft list and declares his intent to resume intercollegiate participation byno later than the end of May 8 of the day prior to the first day of the spring National Letter of Intent signing period for the applicable year in which the draft will occur;

(b)  The student-athlete’s declaration of intent is submitted in writing to the institution’s director of athletics; and

(c) The student-athlete is not drafted.

12.2.4.2.1.2 Women’s Basketball.  In women’s basketball, an enrolled student-athlete may enter a professional league’s draft one time during his or her collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in that sport, provided the student-athlete is not drafted by any team in that league and the student-athlete declares his or her intention to resume intercollegiate participation within 30 days after the draft. The student-athlete’s declaration of intent shall be in writing to the institution’s director of athletics.

Atlantic Coast Conference.

August 1, 2009

Amendment-to-Amendment

Amateurism

Concern has been expressed by some that the timeline provided in Proposal No. 2008-79 does not provide student-athletes with sufficient time to make informed decisions in the pursuit of a professional career. The NBA has recently changed its policies to permit its teams to conduct individual tryouts beginning in late April. In that regard, extending the deadline to May 8 is more appropriate and should provide a student-athlete sufficient time to gather information about his draft status. Further, it will also allow institutions time to make recruiting decisions and, if necessary, sign prospective student-athletes to financial aid agreements prior to the conclusion of the National Letter of Intent spring signing period.

None.

None.


Mar 16, 2009: Submit; Submitted for consideration.
Apr 20, 2009: Leg Council Init Review, Adopted; Pending Possible Board of Directors Review
Apr 30, 2009: Adopted, Override Period; No Action Taken by the Board of Directors
May 01, 2009: Adopted, Override Period; Start of Override Period
Jun 29, 2009: Adopted, Override Period; End of Override Period; (Number of Override Requests = 3)
Jun 29, 2009: Adopted; Adopted – Final
References
 
Legislative References
Div. Number Title
I 12.2.4.2.1 Exception — Basketball — Four-Year College Student-Athlete.
Other
Proposals: 0
 


2008-79

Adopted – Final         Process Diagram

In men’s basketball, to specify that an enrolled student-athlete may enter a professional league’s draft one time during his collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in the sport, provided the student-athlete requests that his name be removed from the draft list and declares his intent to resume intercollegiate participation by the end of the day prior to the first day of the spring National Letter of Intent signing period for the applicable year; the student-athlete’s declaration of intent is submitted in writing to the institution’s director of athletics; and the student-athlete is not drafted.

Amend 12.2.4.2.1, as follows:

12.2.4.2.1 Exception — Basketball — Four-Year College Student-Athlete.

12.2.4.2.1.1 Men’s Basketball. In men’s basketball, an enrolled student-athlete may enter a professional league’s draft one time during his collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in that sport, provided:

(a) The student-athlete requests that his name be removed from the draft list and declares his intent to resume intercollegiate participation by the end of the day prior to the first day of the spring National Letter of Intent signing period for the applicable year;

(b) The student-athlete’s declaration of intent is submitted in writing to the institution’s director of athletics; and

(c) The student-athlete is not drafted.

12.2.4.2.1.2 Women’s Basketball. In women’s basketball,Anan enrolled student-athlete in basketball may enter a professional league’s draft one time during his or her collegiate career without jeopardizing eligibility in that sport, provided the student-athlete is not drafted by any team in that league and the student-athlete declares his or her intention to resume intercollegiate participation within 30 days after the draft. The student-athlete’s declaration of intent shall be in writing to the institution’s director of athletics.

NCAA Division I Board of Directors

August 1, 2009

Amendment

Amateurism

Currently, men’s basketball student-athletes have 30 days after the NBA draft to indicate their intent to return to intercollegiate participation. As a result, such student-athletes have a three month period between April and July during which to make a decision. Such an extended time period is intrusive on academic performance during the spring and increases the potential for outside individuals to have a negative influence on the well-being of student-athletes. Establishing a shorter time frame by which student-athletes must withdraw from the draft and declare their intent to resume intercollegiate participation will encourage student-athletes to refocus on academics sooner and lessen the potential for violations of NCAA rules that will jeopardize their amateur status. In addition, the proposed time frame will assist coaches in roster planning. The proposed deadline will still provide sufficient time for student-athletes to declare their draft intentions. Professional teams devote significant resources to in-season scouting and film evaluation and sufficient information regarding draft projections is available before the proposed deadline to assist student-athletes with making an informed decision regarding an early departure to pursue a professional career.

None.

None.


Amateurism Cabinet The cabinet expressed concern that the timeline provided in the proposal would not provide student-athletes with sufficient time to make an informed decision about their futures. The cabinet discussed whether an early- to mid-May deadline ( e.g., May 8 ) would be more appropriate as it would provide student-athletes more time to gather information about their draft status and would still allow institutions time to sign prospective student-athletes to athletics tenders prior to the conclusion of the National Letter of Intent spring signing period.


Oct 29, 2008: Submit; Submitted for consideration.
Oct 30, 2008: Board of Directors; Sponsored into the 2008-09 Legislative Cycle
Jan 15, 2009: Leg Council Init Review, Forwarded for Membership Comment
Jan 18, 2009: Comment Period; Start of Comment Period
Feb 20, 2009: Amateurism Cabinet, No Formal Position
Mar 18, 2009: Comment Period; End of Comment Period; (Official Comment Totals: Support = 4, Oppose = 6, Abstain = 1)
Apr 20, 2009: Leg Council Final Review, Adopted; Pending Possible Board of Directors Review
Apr 30, 2009: Adopted, Override Period; No Action Taken by the Board of Directors
May 01, 2009: Adopted, Override Period; Start of Override Period
Jun 29, 2009: Adopted, Override Period; End of Override Period
Jun 29, 2009: Adopted; Adopted – Final
References
 
Legislative References
Div. Number Title
I 12.2.4.2.1 Exception — Basketball — Four-Year College Student-Athlete.
Other
Proposals: 1

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