Nick DeMaagd

In a slew of bills passed by NCAA delegates on Saturday, Division II sports will see changes very much akin to Division I.

Many of the bills were passed with overwhelming majority. One of which is unlimited meals and snacks for student athletes as well as unlimited entertainment incidental to their athletics participation. Another piece of legislation that passed allows athletes from every sport but football to participate in up to two hours of team practice activities a week outside the playing season.

Despite the many changes coming to Division II sports, Grand Valley State Director of Athletics Tim Selgo isn’t too worried about the impact the changes will have. The only proposal that was of concern to Selgo was a membership-sponsored proposal that would permit two games in baseball, softball, soccer and women’s volleyball to be played as conference challenge events and be exempt from the annual maximum amount of contests allowed.

“I worry about adding games to the season because it’s unhealthy for student athletes,” Selgo said. “There are no huge changes otherwise, in regards to practices.”

By eliminating limitations on the publicity surrounding a prospective student athlete’s signed commitment, modifying current tryout legislation, simplifying legislation related to student athlete travel expenses and who pays for them, establishing a national collegiate championship for sand volleyball and many more – it seems student athletes are the beneficiaries of the revisions.

Other revisions include:

  • Permission for strength and conditioning coaches to carry out voluntary summer workouts for fall sports as early as June
  • New standards schools must abide by when denying transfer-related requests
  • Identifying infractions pertaining to early recruiting contact and evaluation violations as institutional infractions, meaning a student athlete’s eligibility would not be affected
  • Allowing student athletes to engage in fundraising or promotional events before college enrollment if the student has graduated from high school and signed a written commitment
  • Change to eligibility requirement for foreign tours