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All NACDA Members Emerging Sports (Tuesday, June 7 --11:00-11:45 a.m.)

Clayton Chapman:

What the ECAC has done, since the passage of legislation in January to signify that there are nine emerging sports recognized by the NCAA, is to have a session similar to this at our spring convention to get at the facts. You're going to hear some of that from some of the other panelists relative to each of the sports that are named as emerging sports. What it takes to sponsor one in terms of facilities, in terms of equipment, in terms of costs, coaching, etc. These facts are, obviously, essential. We've discovered that very few of our members really knew what a badminton match takes to put on.

When the executive director of the Badminton Association wrote to me last December and asked ifhe could make a presentation to our ECAC executive council in San Antonio, I set the letter aside, then, came back to it and came close to throwing it away. I then decided to let one of my staff look at it and give Jim Hadley a call and see what this is all about. Fortunately, Jim came to our council meeting. We expected he would be there for five minutes. He generated enough interest among the 20 council members who were there that he spent 35 minutes telling us all about the sport of badminton. That prompted us to have all representatives of all nine sports attend one of our conventions which we did this past spring. We were successful in getting all nine people there. We had a two-hour session where we simply learned about the sports, watched videos, etc. We had them set up booths in the afternoon to explain what their sport was all about. With that information, individual institutions took it home and decided where it is they decide to put their resources in their attempts to reach their gender equity equation.

In addition, we took a survey of our membership just to see exactly how many schools sponsored what sports as far as the nine emerging sports were concerned. We expect to use that information now that it's been collated to disseminate to our membership so they will have some idea how many and who sponsors any of these sports so they can decide which ones they might wish to sponsor or elevate from club or intramural to varsity.

Just to give you some idea of the results of the survey, from 193 respondents of the 275 schools, we discovered that crew was sponsored by 82 of the 193 schools, only 38 of the 82 at the varsity level, 44 at the club level. In ice hockey, which may be unique to our northeastern location, there are 34 schools that sponsor the sport, 15 only on the varsity level and 19 on the club level. Badminton was sponsored by 48 schools, none at the varsity level and 19 clubs and 29 intramural programs. Squash was sponsored by 39 in our area, 21 varsity and 11 club and seven on the intramural basis.

We're already involved with crew, and ice hockey was started three years ago because of the interest that existed from among our members from all three divisional levels, primarily Divisions I and III. We run one championship for, currently, all 12 schools who have indicated an interest to participate. They formed a league and, as a matter of fact, the Division I schools elected to discontinue scholarships so that they could be playing on a more level field with those in Division III who didn't offer athletic scholarships and to enhance among themselves the opportunities for scheduling on an equal basis. We anticipate three more schools that will join this particular league next year and we expect a few others as soon as they get out of court to be joining with that league as well.

We've learned that the national governing bodies are in a position to help fmance your programs on your campus and we're delighted that they are also interested in helping us finance conference championships for those sports sufficient in number to justify such activity. The rules and regulations you're going to hear about from Dan Dutcher. We, at the ECAC, have developed playing and practice season regulations for the sport of rowing simply because we've been doing that for a long time and decided that we needed to help our members on campus who were looking at rowing programs, participating and practicing for 52 weeks rather than 26 weeks. They were practicing year round and folks were getting a little upset in other sports, so we decided that it was time to impose some limitations that were reasonable for our sport and have done so. We've passed that on to the NCAA and they're looking at that. Hopefully, when those committees are formed to develop playing and practice rules for all sports, conferences will be involved.

We're excited about what we think we can do at the conference level to assist in the development of these nine emerging sports. We don't know exactly what's going to come of it and how soon, but we're certainly actively pursuing it and we'll have meetings this summer to review the results of our survey. Obviously, we respond to what our membership wants just as the NCAA responds to what it's membership wants.

I'll now turn this over to Dan Sharadin from the U.S. Water Polo Federation who will give you some additional information in a general way and specific to his sport.

Dan Sharadin:

Thanks a lot. With this whole concept of gender equity and Title IX and why we're here in the fIrst place with emerging sports and developing opportunities for women, it's really an exciting time in many ways for the women's sports. They've got opportunities now that they didn't have years ago and wouldn't have if some of this legislation didn't come about. On the other hand, it presents a paradox because it's also a very difficult time for you, as athletic administrators, on how to make these things work. If money was no object and we all had money trees in our institutions, you could all go out, pick some money, and add as many sports as you want and everybody would be happy. You wouldn't even have to deal with alumni groups. But, your situation isn't like that. You're dealing with some confining legislature and some things that have to take place immediately.

A lot of that reminds me of a story I heard about two guys going down the road on a motorcycle. It was getting colder and colder. Eventually, the driver pulls over to the side and says to his friend, "I can't go any further. I'm freezing to death and I can't even control the bike." His friend said, "Take your jacket off." "Take my jacket off? I'm already freezing to death." "Take your jacket off. Trust me." So the driver took his jacket off. The friend turned it around and said, "Put it on backwards and we'll button it up the back. You won't have any holes in front." "Alright, I'll try anything." So, he puts it back on. He's driving down the road and he's fine. No problem. They go around the road and -bang, right into a tractor trailer that had jack knifed across the road. Well, the police and the ambulance arrived. People are standing around. A reporter comes and says, "I've got to make a story." He finds a cop standing by the side and asks, "What happened?" The cop said, "You know. It's pretty tragic. The one guy was killed immediately and by the time the ambulance guy got the other guys head turned around right, he was dead too."

In a lot ofrespects, gender equity is like that. We're looking at a situation where many of you feel like that ambulance driver. You got that guy down there, you're holding him, he may be screaming bloody murder, but we're going to get his head turned around to make this fit. Some of you are like that policeman. You're sitting on the sides and you're saying, "You know, this is tragic. It's happening. There are a lot of things that maybe I don't want to get involved with and I'm glad that I wasn't directly involved because I don't want to be sued for any of this.

There's a third element that could have prevented some of this from taking place. That is, if the guy had a friend at home before he left on that motorcycle that was willing to give him a warm coat. That's really where the emerging sports step in. We're that friend at home trying to give you a warm coat so you don't have to go through all of those consequences. We want you to be able to have a support system available for all of these sports to solve some of the gender equity difficulties, provide you support both administratively, financially and help you through some of the participation numbers by adding sports at your campus. We also want to work with you creatively so that it's not an either/or situation with men's or women's sports. When that happens, somebody loses and somebody wins. That's not good for your administrations.

We try to create solutions where maybe we reduce men's sizes, add women's sports, try to swap equipment where it's possible and those type of things we'll work with you on.

The easiest way to address all of this and we're certainly not going to get into each nine individual sport. If we did that, you'd be here all afternoon. So, we're going to give you an overview of what that's going to be like. The easiest way you can address it for your own institution is with an acronym. I use these because it's the only way I can think straight. The acronym is, does it FIT your university? F, does it create a problem for your facilities; I, is it going to increase your participation numbers to solve some of the difficulties that you have; and T, what is the total cost? That's F, fit, for facilities; I, does it increase your participation numbers and T, what's the total cost to you? (Tape Stopped)