Understand the NCAA Compliance Assistant Program
Understanding the NCAA Compliance Assistant program, along with its manual and forms database, is critical for student-athletes. At Leaders of Evolution, we aim to better NCAA student-athletes to become effective leaders in their collegiate communities. All NCAA student-athletes and administrators have access to the Compliance Assistant (CA) program. By using this program, students and athletic departments can assure that they are following all the NCAA legislation and rulings. Information and guidance regarding financial aid, student’s eligibility, athletic recruitment and teams seasons can all be found in this assistant program.
Understanding the NCAA Compliance Manual and Form Database
Each individual using the Compliance Assistant program has a member login information that they must utilize to access the program. Student-athletes must provide basic information regarding their university, athletic program, and personal data.
Through the Compliance Assistant program, student-athletes have access to the NCAA Compliance Forms Database and the Compliance Manual, two resources that outline forms and registration items that must be completed before a student participates in their respective sports program. There are separate compliance forms and manuals for each Division depending on what level of academics and athletics the student will be participating.
Overcoming Pandemic-related Issues
With the coronavirus pandemic taking a toll on the athletic industry, the NCAA has had to adapt to their procedures and policies to change with the times. In order to accommodate this change and help students navigate their athletic career during the pandemic, the NCAA Compliance Assistant has extended their outreach and added a “2020-2021 COVID-19 Enhancements” page. Here, the NCAA has given a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. These questions give students insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their financial aid and years of eligibility.
NCAA Compliance Forms Database
All student-athletes have access to the Compliance Forms Database which will help them confirm their eligibility for NCAA sports. By visiting their website, students can easily access the Compliance Form database. Like the Compliance manual, the form database is different for Division I, Division II, and Division III schools. This database links each document that prospective students will need to fill out and agree to in order to participate in their collegiate sport. The first of the links take students to a summary of the NCAA Eligibility Regulations. The Compliance Form overlooks the guidelines regarding ethical conduct, amateurism, financial aid, academic requirements and other eligibility specifications.
Next, students are required to complete their Student-Athlete Statement on the Compliance Form. After filling out basic personal information such as date of birth, address, and the institution they wish to compete for, students must read and consent to the information. By giving their consent and signing the document, students are acknowledging that they will not be eligible to compete if they violate the amateurism, drug test, sports wagering, or other academic eligibility information. After signing and dating at the end of the document, students send it to the director of athletics at their future institution.
Drug Test Consent Form
The Drug Test Consent form must also be completed by students in order to participate in the university’s competition. Signing this document gives the university consent to test the student on a yearly basis and randomly for drug use. This document also provides a link to the website in which the NCAA lays out which drugs students are not permitted to use. Following the consent to testing section, the document explains what the consequences are for students who have positive drug tests. When completed, it will be kept and used by the institution for six years or until the athlete graduates from the program.
Also on the Compliance form webpage, the NCAA lists the drug classes that student-athletes are banned from using while at the university, including stimulants, narcotics, cannabinoids, anabolic agents, peptide hormones and 4 other drug classes. Further, the NCAA lists some examples of banned substances in each of the drug classes previously mentioned. However, there are exceptions to some of the drug classes in which student-athletes are able to take including phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine. Because doping is such an important issue within the sport industry, this drug ban is very extensive and specific so that students know which drugs violate the agreement.
NCAA Compliance Manual
Each Division also has its own Compliance Manual which consists of the Constitution, a list of the operative Bylaws, and a list of the administrative Bylaws. The Compliance Manual for Division I consists of 380 pages of information that students can refer to when completing the registration. For more information on Division II and Division III manuals, check the NCAA website.
Within the manual, the NCAA Constitution consists of six articles and gives students information relating the structure and purpose of the intercollegiate athletic programs. Specifically, article 2 outlines the general principles for student conduct. This principle discusses the institution’s responsibility to adhere to student overall well-being and overall educational experience. Also, this article expresses that the institute must “establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equality among its student-athletes”. Through these principles, the NCAA manual is guaranteeing that students will have an equal and fair opportunity to play intercollegiate sports. Other principles included in article 2 include “Health and Safety”, “Gender Equity”, “Sportsmanship” and “Nondiscrimination.”
Articles 10 through 21
Articles 10 through 21 in the manual describe the bylaws under which the NCAA operates. Here, students can find the same information about the rules and regulations for student-athletes. However, each article goes more in-depth depth about each principle and includes more information than listed in the NCAA Rules and Regulations. For example, the operating bylaws in the manual also include information relevant to the championships and postseason games for football, enforcement, division membership and the different committees that oversee these articles.
Finally, article 31 in the Compliance Manual explains the administrative bylaw which discusses executive regulations for NCAA championships. This bylaw explains policies and procedures for athletic programs that advance to championships of their respective sport. This regulation outlines and defines terms such as “automatic qualification” and “misconduct”. By doing so, NCAA championship games have strict policies which will make for a smooth championship game.
Leaders of Evolution
As an organization dedicated to education, sports, and business, the process of student-athletes being eligible to compete in NCAA athletic programs is an important issue to us. Leaders of Evolution is aiming to not only enhance student-athletes leadership and development skills off the field but on the field too.
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