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NCAA Convention Beginning Tomorrow in Orlando

22 Jan, 2019


The 2019 NCAA Convention will take place Wednesday, Jan. 23, through Saturday, Jan. 26 in Orlando, Florida. Representatives from the NCAA’s three divisions will discuss and vote on key topics in higher education and college athletics. More than 3,000 delegates will attend educational sessions and celebrations of student success. Convention highlights and links to more information can be found below.

A full calendar of events also is available online at ncaa.org/convention.

Division I governance meetings

The Division I autonomy conferences will consider legislation to guarantee access to mental health services for student-athletes. Additionally, the Division I Council will consider making permanent a pilot program that allows the NCAA to pay for family travel expenses to the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours.

Division II governance meetings

Division II delegates will vote on eight proposals. Division II members will decide whether to replace the annual coaches certification test with required modules in Division II University, a new online education program that launched in spring 2018. The division also will consider a new health and safety survey, the timing of football and basketball camps and clinics, and weekly time limitations for team activities outside the playing season in sports other than football, among other topics.

Division III governance meetings

Division III members will weigh in on six proposals (and one amendment) relevant to Division III. Division III delegates also will vote on their slate of proposals, which include legislation that, if adopted, would establish a new preseason start date in football, make student-athlete graduation rate reporting mandatory and deregulate some current restrictions on social media contact between athletics staff and potential student-athletes, among other changes. 

Association-wide vote

During a special Association-wide business session, delegates from all three divisions will decide whether to add five independent members to the Board of Governors, per a recommendation from the Commission on College Basketball.

On-site instructions for media

Registered members of the media can pick up credentials at the media workroom, Salon V (part of the Grant Ballroom) in the Orlando World Center Marriott. Media who have not yet registered should report to the media workroom to register.

Attendees can access regular news updates, daily schedules, speaker information, logistical information and more by downloading the NCAA Events app. The app also enables users to take notes and download presentations directly on mobile devices and integrates Twitter activity around the Convention hashtag, #NCAAConv.

To get the 2019 mobile app:

· iPhone and iPad users, click here or search “NCAA Events” in the Apple Store.

· Android users, click here or search “NCAA Events” in the Google Play Store.

· For other devices, follow this link: ncaaevents.gatherdigital.com.

NCAA Honors Celebration

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the NCAA will honor the following former athletes during the NCAA Honors Celebration:

NCAA Plenary Session: State of College Sports

On Thursday, Jan. 24, NCAA President Mark Emmert will deliver his State of College Sports remarks during the plenary session. Emmert also will present Percy Bates, former faculty athletics representative at Michigan, with the NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award.

In addition, NCAA members across all three divisions will vote on a proposal to add five independent members to the Board of Governors.

Association Luncheon

On Friday, Jan. 25, Jackie Joyner-Kersee will give the keynote address and accept the 2019 NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award during the Association Luncheon.

Wisconsin-River Falls will receive the Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

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