In August 2011, the NCAA published the Initial Publication of Proposed Legislation (IPOPL) for Division III, which presents the proposed amendments submitted by the Division III membership in accordance with the July 15, 2011 deadline in the NCAA legislative calendar The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm, through a six-part series, will review the 2011-12 legislative calendar along with the five proposals submitted for the 2012 NCAA Convention.
The fourth proposal submitted on the IPOPL, No. 1-4, would prohibit voluntary activities conducted by strength and conditioning personnel on the mandatory day off during the playing season and prohibit voluntary activities conducted by certified strength and conditioning personnel one calendar day per week outside of the playing season.
The rule as currently written allows student-athletes to workout with a strength and conditioning coach during the academic year every day of the week. The rationale behind the proposal is that even though these workouts are characterized as voluntary, there is a concern that the “best interests” of the student-athletes are not being taken into consideration. The proposal references NCAA Division III Bylaw 17.02.1.1 and Bylaw 220.127.116.11.