Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Best Practices

 

Division III Strategic Objective 3.2: Increase opportunities for member institutions and conferences to share best practices in support of the Association's core values.

 

I. Communication.

 

A. How student-athletes can engage CEOs, directors of athletics, the athletic director's direct reports, coaches and other campus leaders to be advocates of their intercollegiate experience.

 

Division III Strategic Objective 3.1: Increase opportunities and support for chief executive officers to participate and make more informed decisions about intercollegiate athletics.

 

CAMPUS

– Invite CEOs to Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meetings quarterly.

– Encourage student-athlete participation in CEO directed project teams.

– Forward SAAC meeting report to CEO.

– Invite campus director of athletics and/or the individual to whom they report to the meetings.

– Attend coaches' meetings.

 

CONFERENCE

– Select SAAC members in leadership positions to attend annual conference meetings (e.g., commissioners', director of athletics', faculty athletics representatives' and CEOs' meetings).

– Forward conference SAAC meeting report to commissioners, director of athletics, faculty athletics representatives and CEOs.

 

B. Commitment and communication with the National SAAC.

 

Division III Strategic Objective 4.3: Increase the timeliness, clarity, conciseness and effectiveness of membership communication.

 

CAMPUS

– Use e-mail correspondence to communicate with conference and national SAAC.

 

CONFERENCE

– Support the SAAC conference partnership program.

– Virtual focus groups.

– Develop or maintain conference SAAC listserves ensuring your national SAAC representative is a member.

– Hold at least one annual conference SAAC in-person meeting and/or conference call and communicate meeting information to national SAAC representative.

– Distribute and respond to the Division III quarterly newsletter.

 

C. Establishment and use of a campus and conference SAAC Web site.

 

Division III Strategic Objective 4.4: Increase use of technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiencies of Association processes.

 

CAMPUS

– Use athletic homepage to post SAAC information (e.g., chair and vice-chair contact information, meeting information).

– Establish campus listserve or electronic bulletin board.

 

CONFERENCE

– Use Division III conference SAAC or Technology Grant opportunity.

– Use conference homepage to post SAAC information.

– Use e-mail correspondence to communicate with national SAAC.

 

– Establish conference listserve or electronic bulletin board.

 

II. Community Outreach and Sportsmanship Initiatives.

A. Community outreach.

 

Division III Strategic Objective 1.3: Increase opportunities for student-athletes to integrate their academic, athletics and social interests.

 

CAMPUS

– Host at least one community outreach event per year

– Partner with other student and community groups (e.g., student government, Greek life).

– Participate in other campus community outreach events.

 

CONFERENCE

– Organize at least one, conference-wide community service event per year.

– Set a goal to reach 100% institutional participation.

 

B. Sportsmanship initiatives.

 

Division III Strategic Objective 2.3: Increase sportsmanship in intercollegiate athletics among student-athletes, coaches and fans.

 

CAMPUS

– Encourage teams to develop sportsmanship policies or initiatives.

– Work with coaches and athletics staff to support policies and initiatives.

– Involve the community and campus staff (e.g., CEO, FAR, SWA, CHAMPS/Life Skills coordinator, SAAC advisor, Student-affairs staff) in sportsmanship discussions.

– Create a student-athlete generated sportsmanship statement.

 

CONFERENCE

– Encourage conference to develop conference-wide sportsmanship policies or initiatives.

– Track misconduct by institution and sports teams.

– Develop a conference sportsmanship award.

– Submit nominees for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award annually in June.

– Create a student-athlete generated sportsmanship statement.

 

III. SAAC Committee and Meeting Structure.

  1. How to fully engage student-athletes in the efforts of campus and conference SAAC.

 

Division III Strategic Objective 1.1: Increase support of reform efforts that emerge from the governance structure.

 

CAMPUS

– Hold at least one meeting per month with representatives from each athletic team.

– Establish committee leadership through a definition of roles (e.g., chair, vice-chair and subcommittees).

– Establish a meeting structure (e.g., constitution and bylaws).

 

CONFERENCE

– Meet at least once annually (e.g., fall or spring).

– Hold conference calls as needed to address conference SAAC issues.

– Establish committee leadership through a definition of roles (e.g., chair, vice-chair and subcommittees).

– Establish a conference meeting structure (e.g., constitution and bylaws).

 

IV. Leadership opportunities.

 

Division III Strategic Objective 1.3: Increase opportunities for student-athletes to integrate their academic, athletics and social interests.

 

CAMPUS AND CONFERENCE

– Participate in NCAA Student-Athlete Regional Leadership Conferences.

– Encourage the establishment or enhancement of campus CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program.

– Establish conference and campus professional and/or personal development programs for student-athletes (e.g., resume development, nutrition).

 

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