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Division II Proposal - 2023-6

NCAA DIVISION II MEMBERSHIP AND INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL, FINANCIAL AID AND PLAYING AND PRACTICE SEASONS -- EMERGING SPORTS FOR WOMEN -- STUNT

Convention Year: 2023

Date Submitted: July 14, 2021

Status: Adopted Final

Effective Date: August 1, 2023

Official Notice Number: 2023-6

Source: NCAA Division II Presidents Council [Management Council (Committee on Women's Athletics)]

Proposal Category: Presidents Council

Topical Area: Membership and Institutional Control.

Intent: To add stunt as an emerging sport for women and establish legislation related to membership, financial aid, and playing and practice seasons, as specified.

A.    Bylaws: Amend 7.02.2, as follows:

7.02.2 Emerging Sports for Women. The following shall be considered emerging sports for women:

(a) Team Sports: acrobatics and tumbling, and rugby and stunt; and

[7.02.2-(b) unchanged.]

[7.02.2.1 unchanged.]

B.    Bylaws: Amend 7.3.1.7.1.3, as follows:

7.3.1.7.1.3 Minimum Contests and Participants Requirements for Sports Sponsorship. In each sport, the institution's team shall engage in at least a minimum number of intercollegiate contests (against four-year, degree-granting collegiate institutions) each year. In the individual sports and acrobatics and tumbling, the institution's team shall include a minimum number of participants in each contest that is counted toward meeting the minimum-contest requirement. The following minimums are applicable:

Team Sports Minimum Contests Minimum Participants Individual Sports Minimum Contests Minimum Participants:

Team Sports Minimum Contests Minimum Participants Individual Sports Minimum Contests Minimum Participants
Acrobatics and Tumbling 6 18 Women's Bowling 8 5
Baseball 24 Cross Country 4 5
Basketball 22 Equestrian 6 12
Beach Volleyball 8 Men's Fencing 6 5
Field Hockey 10 Women's Fencing 6 5
Football 8 Golf 6 5
Men's Ice Hockey 20 Men's Gymnastics 6 6
Women's Ice Hockey 20 Women's Gymnastics 6 5
Men's Lacrosse 8 Rifle 8 4
Women's Lacrosse 10 Skiing 5 5
Women's Rowing 6 Swimming and Diving 8 11
Women's Rugby 9 Tennis 10 5
Soccer 10 Track and Field, Indoor 4 10
Softball 24 Track and Field, Outdoor 4 14
Stunt 8 16 Men's Wrestling 9 6
Men's Volleyball 9 Women's Wrestling 9 6
Women's Volleyball 15 Women's Triathlon 4 3
Men's Water Polo 15
Women's Water Polo 10

[7.3.1.7.1.3.1 through 7.3.1.7.1.3.11 unchanged.]

C.    Bylaws: Amend 15.4.2, as follows:

15.4.2 Equivalency Sports.

15.4.2.1 Maximum Equivalency Limits.

[15.4.2.1.1 unchanged.]

15.4.2.1.2 Women's Sports. There shall be a limit on the value (equivalency) of financial aid awards (per Bylaw 15.2.1) that an institution may provide in any academic year to counters in each women's sport, as follows:

Acrobatics and Tumbling 9.0 Rowing 20.0
Basketball 10.0 Rugby 12.0
Beach Volleyball 5.0 Skiing 6.3
Bowling 5.0 Soccer 9.9
Cross Country/Track and Field (see Bylaw 15.4.2.1.4 for institutions that sponsor cross country but not indoor or outdoor track and field) 12.6 Softball 7.2
Equestrian 15.0 Stunt 9.0
Fencing 4.5 Swimming and Diving 8.1
Field Hockey 6.3 Tennis 6.0
Golf 5.4 Triathlon 5.0
Gymnastics 6.0 Volleyball 8.0
Ice Hockey 18.0 Water Polo 8.0
Lacrosse 9.9 Wrestling 10.0

[15.4.2.1.3 through 15.4.2.1.4 unchanged.]

[15.4.2.2 unchanged.]

D.    Bylaws: Amend 17, as follows:

17 Playing and Practice Seasons

[17.01 through 17.02 unchanged.]

17.02.16 Varsity Intercollegiate Sport. A varsity intercollegiate sport is a sport that has been accorded that status by the institution's president or chancellor or committee responsible for intercollegiate athletics policy and that satisfies the following conditions:

[17.02.16-(a) through 17.02.16-(c) unchanged.]

17.02.16.1 Team Sports. The following are classified as team sports for purposes of this bylaw:

Acrobatics and Tumbling Rowing, Women's
Baseball Rugby, Women's
Basketball Soccer
Beach Volleyball Softball
Field Hockey Stunt
Football Volleyball

Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's

Water Polo, Men's and Women's

Lacrosse

[17.02.16.2 unchanged.]

[17.02.17 through 17.02.18 unchanged.]

[17.1 through 17.21 unchanged.]

17.22 Stunt. Regulations for computing the stunt playing season are set forth in Bylaw 17.1, General Playing-Season Regulations. (See Figure 17-1 and Figure 17-2.)

17.22.1 Length of Playing Season -- Championship and Nonchampionship Segments. The length of an institution's playing season in stunt shall be limited to a 144-day season, which may consist of two segments (each consisting of consecutive days) and which may exclude only required days per Bylaw 17.1.6.5 and official vacation, holiday and final-examination period during which no practice or competition shall occur.

17.22.2 First Date of Practice -- Championship Segment. A member institution shall not commence practice sessions in stunt in the championship segment before January 10 or the first day of classes, whichever is earlier. 

17.22.3 First Date of Competition -- Championship Segment. A member institution shall not engage in its first date of competition with outside competition in the championship segment before February 1.

17.22.3.1 Exception -- February 1 on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday. When February 1 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, a member institution shall not engage in its first date of competition with outside competition in the championship segment before the Friday preceding February 1.

17.22.4 End Date of Practice and Competition -- Championship Segment. A member institution shall conclude all practice and competition in stunt in the championship segment by the conclusion of the National Collegiate Stunt Association National Championships (see Bylaw 17.1.7 for additional regulations regarding the end date of practice and competition).

17.22.5 First Date of Practice and Competition -- Nonchampionship Segment. A member institution shall not commence practice sessions or engage in outside competition in the nonchampionship segment before September 7 or the institution's fourth day of classes (as set forth in its catalog, counting Monday through Friday only), whichever is earlier.

17.22.6 End Date of Practice and Competition -- Nonchampionship Segment. A member institution shall conclude all practice and competition in the nonchampionship segment not later than November 15.

17.22.7 Number and Dates of Competition.

17.22.7.1 Maximum Limitations -- Institutional. A member institution shall limit its total playing schedule with outside competition in stunt during the institution's stunt playing season to 16 dates of competition, except for those dates of competition excluded under Bylaws 17.22.7.3, 17.22.7.4 and 17.22.7.5.

17.22.7.1.1 In-Season Foreign Competition. A member institution may play one or more of its countable dates of competition in stunt in one or more foreign countries on one trip during the prescribed playing season. However, except for dates of competition played in Canada and Mexico or on a certified foreign tour (see Bylaw 17.31), the institution may not engage in such in-season foreign competition more than once every four years.

17.22.7.2 Maximum Limitations -- Student-Athlete. An individual student-athlete may participate in each academic year in not more than 16 dates of competition. This limitation includes those dates of competition in which the student represents the institution in accordance with Bylaw 17.02.8, except for those dates of competition excluded under Bylaws 17.22.7.3, 17.22.7.4 and 17.22.7.5.

17.22.7.3 Annual Exemptions. The maximum number of dates of competition in stunt shall exclude the following:

(a) Conference Championship. Competition in one conference championship tournament or playoff;

(b) Season-Ending Championship. Competition in one season-ending tournament (e.g., National Collegiate Stunt Association National Championship). A season-ending tournament involves competition after the end of the regular season between teams that are not identified until the close of the regular season;

(c) Alumni Game. One date of competition with an alumni team of the institution;

(d) Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Canada. Any dates of competition played in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or Canada, respectively, either against or under the sponsorship of an active member institution located in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or Canada, by a member institution located outside those locales;

(e) Fundraising Activity. Any activities in which student-athletes from more than one of the institution's athletics teams participate (or in individual sports per Bylaw 17.02.16.2, in which team members of that sport participate) with and against alumni and friends of the institution, the purpose of which is to raise funds to benefit the institution's athletics or other programs, provided the student-athletes do not miss class as a result of their participation (see Bylaw 12.5.1.1);

(f) Celebrity Sports Activity. Competition involving a maximum of two student-athletes from a member institution's team who participate in local celebrity activities in stunt conducted for the purpose of raising funds for charitable organizations, provided:

(1) The student-athletes do not miss class as a result of the participation; and

(2) The involvement of the student-athletes has the approval of the institution's athletics director; and

(g) U.S. National Team. One date of competition against a U.S. national team as selected by the appropriate national governing body in that sport.

17.22.7.4 Discretionary Exemptions. The following may be exempted from an institution's maximum number of dates of competition in stunt each year. An institution may exempt not more than three from this list annually:

(a) Foreign Team in United States. A date of competition against a foreign team in the United States played in the facility in which the member institution regularly plays its home contests;

(b) Non-Division II Four-Year Collegiate Institution. An exhibition date of competition against a non-Division II four-year collegiate institution; or

(c) Scrimmages. A scrimmage with outside competition, provided the scrimmage is conducted without official scoring.

17.22.7.4.1 Official Scoring. For purposes of Bylaw 17.22.7.4-(c), official scoring has occurred when either institution participating in the scrimmage satisfies either of the following conditions: 

(a) The signing of a scorebook by an official; or

(b) The score is used for individual or seasonal statistics.

17.22.7.5 Once-in-Four-Years Exemption -- Foreign Tours. An institution may exempt the dates of competition played on a foreign tour, provided the tour occurs only once in a four-year period and is conducted in accordance with the procedures set forth in Bylaw 17.31.

17.22.8 Out-of-Season and Nonchampionship Segment Athletically Related Activities. Student-athletes and members of the coaching staff shall not engage in countable athletically related activities outside the championship segment except for the following:

(a) Weight Training, Conditioning and/or Team Activities. Student-athletes shall not engage in weight training, conditioning and/or team activities before September 7 or the institution's fourth day of classes (as set forth in its catalog, counting Monday through Friday only), whichever is earlier, in accordance with Bylaw 17.1.6.3; and

(b) Nonchampionship Segment Activities. During the segment in which the NCAA championship does not occur, student-athletes may participate in any practice or competition activity as permitted by other legislation provided such activity is restricted to a period of 45-consecutive calendar days, omitting vacation and examination days officially announced or on days that the institution is closed due to inclement weather, as long as no practice or competition occurs on such days. The 45-consecutive calendar days must be within the dates set forth in Bylaws 17.22.5 and 17.22.6, and shall not commence prior to September 7 or the institution's fourth day of classes (as set forth in its catalog, counting Monday through Friday only), whichever is earlier. (See Bylaws 17.1.6.2 and 17.1.6.6 for daily and weekly hour limitations and required days off.)

17.22.8.1 Summer Practice. Practice that is organized or financially supported by a member institution shall be prohibited during the summer unless specifically authorized in the bylaws (e.g., foreign tour) or through official interpretations approved by the Management Council. An institution may pay fees associated with the use of institutional practice and competition facilities by student-athletes engaged in voluntary athletically related activities in their sport.

17.22.8.1.1 Vacation Period and Summer-Workout Sessions. A coach may participate in individual-workout sessions with student-athletes from the coach's team during any institutional vacation period and/or the summer, provided the request for such assistance is initiated by the student-athlete.

17.22.9 Safety Exception. A coach may be present during voluntary individual workouts in the institution's regular practice facility (without the workouts being considered as countable athletically related activities) when the student-athlete is engaged in stunt. The coach may provide safety or skill instruction but cannot conduct the individual's workouts.

17.22.10 Camps and Clinics. There are no limits on the number of student-athletes in stunt who may be employed (e.g., as counselors) in camps or clinics (see Bylaw 13.12). Currently enrolled student-athletes may not participate as campers in their institution's camps or clinics.

17.22.11 Other Restrictions.

17.22.11.1 Noncollegiate, Amateur Competition.

17.22.11.1.1 In Season. A student-athlete shall be denied eligibility for intercollegiate stunt competition for the remainder of the season if, after enrollment in college and during any year in which the student-athlete is a member of an intercollegiate stunt squad or team, they compete or have competed as a member of any outside stunt team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition (e.g., tournament play, exhibition games or other activity) during the institution's intercollegiate stunt season (see Bylaw 14.7.5 for exceptions and waivers).

17.22.11.1.2 Out of Season. There are no limits to the number of student-athletes with eligibility remaining in intercollegiate stunt who may practice or compete out of season on an outside, amateur stunt team. 

17.22.11.1.2.1 Involvement of Coaching Staff. No member of the coaching staff of a member institution may be involved in any capacity (e.g., coach, official, player or league/team administrator) at any time (i.e., during the academic year, vacation periods and summer) with an outside team that involves any student-athlete with eligibility remaining from the institution's stunt team, except as provided under Bylaws 14.7.5, 16.8.1.2.1 and 17.31.

17.22.11.1.2.2 Olympic, Paralympic and National Team Development Program. There are no limits on the number of student-athletes from the same institution who may participate in Olympic, Paralympic and national team development programs. Such programs may also include a coach and student-athlete from the same institution.

17.22.11.2 Equipment Issue, Squad Pictures. It shall be permissible to designate a single date for issuing stunt equipment and for taking squad pictures after the beginning of classes in the fall term or the day before the beginning of a segment as specified in Bylaw 17.22.2

17.22.11.2.1 Exception for Sundays. If the day before the beginning of a segment is a Sunday, the member institution may designate the preceding Saturday for issuing equipment and taking squad pictures.

[17.22 through 17.32 renumbered as 17.23 through 17.33, unchanged.]

Rationale: The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics noted the continued growth in high school stunt sponsorship and participation, steady increase in the number of member institutions sponsoring stunt, and support from the sport's national governing body as compelling rationale to include stunt as an emerging sport for women. The committee further noted the relatively low cost of sponsoring the sport and the opportunity for the sport to enrich sponsoring institutions' enrollment management strategies. Stunt provides participation opportunities for female student-athletes of all body types and diverse sport backgrounds (e.g., power lifting, gymnastics), as well as opportunities for female sport administrators, coaches and officials. Stunt leadership demonstrated that current stunt programs are fully integrated into athletics departments as stand-alone programs, the experience of a stunt student-athlete is comparable to the experience of student-athletes who compete in NCAA sports, and the sport's organizational structure and sport rules are consistent with NCAA values and legislation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question No. 1: May an emerging sport be used to satisfy sport sponsorship requirements?

Answer: A Division II institution may use emerging sports to meet the NCAA membership minimum sports-sponsorship requirements, provided minimum contests and participants requirements are met.

Question No. 2: What is the proposed championship segment for stunt?

Answer: Spring.

Question No. 3: Are all three divisions considering proposals to add stunt to the emerging sports list for women?

Answer: Yes.

Question No. 4: If a Division II institution has a varsity stunt team, will the team be required to apply NCAA Division II legislation?

Answer: Yes. Any NCAA sponsored sport or emerging sport for women recognized by the institution as a varsity team must apply the constitution, bylaws, interpretations and other legislation of the Association.

Co-sponsorship - Conference:
  None

Co-sponsorship - Institution:
  None

Position Statement(s):
  None

Review History:

Feb 24, 2022:
Recommends Approval - NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics.
Apr 12, 2022:
Approved in Concept - Management Council.
Apr 27, 2022:
Approved in Concept - Presidents Council
Jul 19, 2022:
Approved in Legislative Format - Management Council.
Aug 3, 2022:
Approved in Legislative Format - NCAA Division II Presidents Council.
Aug 31, 2022:
Approved Change in Legislative Format - Administrative Committee

Convention Vote:
  Date of Vote: January 14, 2023
    Convention

Legislative References

Division Number Title
II 7.02.2 Emerging Sports for Women.
II 7.3.1.7.1.3 Minimum Contests and Participants Requirements for Sports Sponsorship.
II 15.4.2 Equivalency Sports.
II 15.4.2.1 Maximum Equivalency Limits.
II 15.4.2.1.2 Women's Sports.
II 17 Playing and Practice Seasons
II 17.02.16 Varsity Intercollegiate Sport.
II 17.02.16.1 Team Sports.
II 17.22 Stunt.
II 17.22.1 Length of Playing Season -- Championship and Nonchampionship Segments.
II 17.22.2 First Date of Practice -- Championship Segment.
II 17.22.3 First Date of Competition -- Championship Segment.
II 17.22.3.1 Exception -- February 1 on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
II 17.22.4 End Date of Practice and Competition -- Championship Segment.
II 17.22.5 First Date of Practice and Competition -- Nonchampionship Segment.
II 17.22.6 End Date of Practice and Competition -- Nonchampionship Segment.
II 17.22.7 Number and Dates of Competition.
II 17.22.7.1 Maximum Limitations -- Institutional.
II 17.22.7.1.1 In-Season Foreign Competition.
II 17.22.7.2 Maximum Limitations -- Student-Athlete.
II 17.22.7.3 Annual Exemptions.
II 17.22.7.4 Discretionary Exemptions.
II 17.22.7.4.1 Official Scoring.
II 17.22.7.5 Once-in-Four-Years Exemption -- Foreign Tours.
II 17.22.8 Out-of-Season and Nonchampionship Segment Athletically Related Activities.
II 17.22.8.1 Summer Practice.
II 17.22.8.1.1 Vacation Period and Summer-Workout Sessions.
II 17.22.9 Safety Exception.
II 17.22.10 Camps and Clinics.
II 17.22.11 Other Restrictions.
II 17.22.11.1 Noncollegiate, Amateur Competition.
II 17.22.11.1.1 In Season.
II 17.22.11.1.2 Out of Season.
II 17.22.11.1.2.1 Involvement of Coaching Staff.
II 17.22.11.1.2.2 Olympic, Paralympic and National Team Development Program.
II 17.22.11.2 Equipment Issue, Squad Pictures.
II 17.22.11.2.1 Exception for Sundays.
References