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Athletics.delval.eduDear Student-Athlete: Welcome and congratulations on earning the privilege to compete in intercollegiate athletics at Delaware Valley University. We hope that your athletic experience is rewarding and enriching. College is a time for learning and exploration. A commitment to excellence in both the classroom and competition venue will maximize your experience. Our goal in Athletics is to help you reach your fullest potential. We also strive for your athletic experience to be profoundly meaningful in your personal development and influential in your life. We encourage you to take full advantage of the outstanding resources and support provided here. Your overall success is contingent upon your effort in all areas. It is also important to be mindful of your responsibilities to the greater good of your team, the Department of Athletics, and Delaware Valley University. We expect you to represent all these members in an exemplary manner. Please review the material in this handbook as it contains important information regarding participation in varsity athletics at Delaware Valley University. Carefully review the section on NCAA and MAC regulations. You are responsible for knowing and complying with all bylaws related to your competitive eligibility. Commitment to the development of the whole person and cultivating an environment that is inclusive and supportive are central to our mission. Furthermore, we all understand that your participation in intercollegiate athletics is an extraordinary complement to your academic learning at the University. On behalf of the Department, I wish you well in the coming year and look forward to watching you develop and compete! Steve Cantrell Director of Athletics Table of Contents Athletic Director Letter Mission Statement Sports Information MAC Philosophies and Principles Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 17 NCAA Division III Philosophy Program Offerings Phone Directories NCAA Division III Regulations Social Media Policy Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Policy NCAA Banned Drugs MISSION STATEMENT: The athletic programs at Delaware Valley University serve to support the portion of the University mission of providing students with the opportunity to reach their highest potential, and to prepare them for meaningful personal and professional lives and leadership roles. The intercollegiate, intramural and wellness programs are designed to promote a well-rounded educational experience where students gain social, physical and leadership skills through experiential learning, leading to positive personal development. Additionally, the programs and staff will encourage diversity, support gender equity, and promote teamwork, competition, sportsmanship, personal self-esteem and campus pride. The athletic programs are vital in attracting, recruiting and retaining quality students and providing visibility of the University to the local, regional and national community. The University is a member of the Middle Atlantic Conferences (MAC). DelVal participates in the Freedom Conference of the MAC and also holds membership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, (NCAA) Division III. As defined by the NCAA, Delaware Valley University Athletics will follow the principles of fair play and amateur competition while always keeping the health and well-being of our student-athletes as a top priority. The Delaware Valley University Athletic Department may apply academic standards in addition to the institution's requirements for the student-athlete to ensure eligible participation; maintain high ethical standards; compete with other institutions that have similar athletic philosophies and constantly evaluate the program so as to support the educational mission of the University. MAC PHILOSOPHIES AND PRINCIPLES The MAC (Middle Atlantic Conferences) is an association of colleges and universities for the purpose of athletic competition under the principles of NCAA Division III. The presidents of the member institutions actively govern the conference to advance its well-being and to ensure fulfillment of and accountability to the conference philosophy and principles. The presidents also work to foster productive educational collaboration among the members in areas other than athletics. Consistent with the Division III philosophy, Conference schools are committed to the primacy of educational mission and values, viewing athletic participation as one complement to their educational programs. Among student-athletes, the "student" component is primary, and athletic participation is seen as a means for further educational development of students' intellectual, moral, civic and physical capacities. Conference schools demonstrate the integration of athletics with the academic enterprise of their institutions, and coaches are considered active participants in the educational process. In the same manner that institutions assess educational outcomes in academic programs, MAC institutions assess the educational outcomes of athletics for student-athletes, and the athletic directors provide regular reports on those outcomes. Faculty Athletic Representatives in MAC schools are active participants in the formulation and monitoring of the educational integrity and value of athletics, making regular reports to their faculties and presidents and participating in the work of the Conference. The Conference also actively involves students in the ongoing assessment of institutional and conference programs. To ensure the most complete educational experience for athletes, MAC institutions are committed to nurturing and advancing ethnic and cultural diversity, as well as full gender equity, both in their overall institutional development and in the conduct of their athletic programs. In addition, financial aid is not awarded for athletic achievement or promise; student-athlete awards are comparable to those awarded to non-athletes, consistent with NCAA standards. MAC schools have adopted high standards of sportsmanship and conduct for coaches, athletes, and fans. The presidents actively ensure that those standards are upheld in all athletic competition. Consistent with educational primacy and success, the MAC will seek to model the best practices in Division III. Eligibility for athletic competition will be monitored by the conference annually for each institution by sport and gender. The retention, academic achievement, and graduation rates of student-athletes will be comparable to those of non-athletes. DIVISION III PHILOSOPHY Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of their educational experience, and in which coaches play a significant role as educators. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff. To achieve this end, Division III institutions: (a) Expect that institutional presidents and chancellors have the ultimate responsibility and final authority for the conduct of the intercollegiate athletics program at the institutional, conference and national governance levels; (b) Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place greater emphasis on the internal constituency (e.g., students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs; (c) Shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics, leadership, ability, participation, (d) Primarily focus on intercollegiate athletics as a four year undergraduate experience; (e) Encourage the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including student-athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators; (f) Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of sport offerings for their students through broad-based athletics programs; (g) Assure that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes; (h) Assure that athletics participants are not treated differently from other members of the student (i) Assure that student athletes are supported in their efforts to meaningfully participate in non-athletic pursuits to enhance their overall educational experience; (j) Assure that athletics recruitment complies with established institutional policies and procedures applicable to the admission process; (k) Exercise institutional and/or conference autonomy in the establishment of initial and continuing eligibility standards for student-athletes; (l) Assure that academic performance of student-athletes is, at a minimum, consistent with that of the general student body; (m) Assure that admission policies for student-athletes comply with policies and procedures applicable to the general student body; (n) Provide equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men's and women's sports; (o) Support ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents; (p) Give primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships; (q) Support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletics performance, which may include opportunities for participation in national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities. The purpose of the NCAA is to assist its members in developing the basis for consistent, equitable competition while minimizing infringement on the freedom of individual institutions to determine their own special objectives and programs. The above statement articulates principles that represent a commitment to Division III membership and shall serve as a guide for the preparation of legislation by the division and for planning and implementation of programs by institutions and conferences. Regular attendance is expected of all students at Delaware Valley University. With Experiential Learning being one of the hallmarks of our curriculum, DelVal faculty plan instruction with an emphasis on participation and student involvement. You should attend every class and consider an absence a rarity. Faculty members will outline their attendance policies in their course syllabus, as well as any effect on course grades due to poor attendance. They will also make reasonable allowances for extenuating circumstances, such as serious illness or death in the immediate family. It is your responsibility as the student to work with the faculty member in case of a rare absence, understanding that some exams or other coursework cannot be made up. Students who are frequently absent, or who are absent for long periods (several days), should expect their grades to suffer. As a general rule, missing the equivalent of more than two weeks of classes (more than 4 classes in a two-day-a-week course) for any reason will put you in jeopardy of failing the course. Students on an athletic team or who participate in an extra- or co-curricular activity that requires them to miss class occasionally should speak with the professor the first week of classes or as soon as they know of the conflicts. They should provide the faculty member with the known dates of the school-sanctioned absences. Students who know that their activities will cause them to miss a significant number of classes should refrain from registering for certain courses or timeslots if at all possible. Should a game or activity be scheduled after the beginning of the semester, the athletic office or sponsor will send the affected faculty members a list of students participating; however, students should also talk with faculty members directly about the expected conflicts. Students who are not doing well in a class may be prevented from attending an optional activity PHYSICAL EDUCATION: All students at Delaware Valley University are required to take two Physical Education courses to complete their undergraduate studies. As a student-athlete you are exempt from these courses. However, you must register for a gym class and show up on the first day to report to the instructor what sport you participate in. If at any time you quit the sports team you belong to, you must immediately begin attending Physical Education class. ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY: The academic records of all students are reviewed at the end of each semester. The following credit and cumulative grade point average (cum GPA) scale is used to determine whether a student is in good academic standing and maintaining satisfactory academic progress, is placed on probation, or is subject to academic dismissal. This progression scale is aligned with federal financial aid regulations regarding satisfactory academic progress. credits completed In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, a student who has completed a maximum of 32 credits* is required to earn a cumulative GPA of 1.75 or above. If the cum GPA is between 1.00 and 1.74 the student is placed on academic probation. If the cum GPA is below 1.00 the student is subject to academic dismissal. The course load for the subsequent semester for students who have been placed on academic probation is 13 credits and the student is required to meet with Academic Support Services. 33-64 credits completed In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, a student who has completed a minimum of 33 credits* but no more than 64 credits is required to earn a cumulative GPA of 1.85 or above. If the cum GPA is between 1.5 and 1.84 the student is either placed on or continues on academic probation. If the cum GPA is below 1.5 the student is subject to academic dismissal. credits completed In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, a student who has completed a minimum of 65* credits is required to earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above. If the cum GPA is below 2.00 the student is either placed on or continues to be on probation, or is subject to academic dismissal. * Only includes credits that are graded on A to F scale, and excludes Pass/Fail courses and those institutional credits that are not part of a student's degree requirements. Students failing to achieve the grade levels of performance stated above are placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are placed on a limited course schedule (not to exceed four principal courses or 14 credits per semester) and are limited in terms of their participation in intercollegiate competition. Students on academic probation may participate in one intercollegiate sport per academic year. Students are also provided access to additional support services (counseling, structured study halls, skills development assistance, student tutors) to help them achieve satisfactory academic standing. Students on academic probation for two or more semesters, who are not making satisfactory progress towards graduation or demonstrate a lack of commitment towards their coursework, may be placed on non-degree status or be dismissed from the college. Students on non-degree status are removed from degree candidacy, are limited to 12 credits per semester, lose financial aid, and cannot participate in intercollegiate sports. All student-athletes who receive financial aid must renew their FASFA each year in order to collect financial support. One responsibility as a student-athlete to maintain eligibility and financial aid is to sustain the required grade-point average (GPA). Delaware Valley University does not provide athletic scholarships for the student-athlete and athletic personnel are not to interfere with financial matters. Financial Aid, although, is provided through the University. Please refer to the Student Handbook or contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Delaware Valley University strictly prohibits hazing. Hazing is defined by the NCAA as any act committed against someone joining or becoming a member or maintaining membership in any organization that is humiliating, intimidating or demeaning, or endangers the health and safety of the person. Hazing includes active or passive participation in such acts and occurs regardless of the willingness to participate in the activities. Hazing creates an environment/climate in which dignity and respect are absent. What you should know about hazing: Has caused a team's season to be cancelled at various NCAA institutions. Has caused a student-athlete's institutional eligibility to be taken away. Has caused student-athletes to be arrested, because it is against the law in most states. Has caused student-athletes to have to appear in the court system at their own expense. Has caused teams to be torn apart and fragmented. Has caused serious physical and psychological injuries, and even deaths. Is it hazing or team building? Team Building
Humiliates and degrades Promotes respect and dignity Tears down individuals Supports and empowers Creates division Creates real teamwork Lifelong nightmares Lifelong memories Shame and secrecy Pride and integrity Is a shared positive experience * As a captain, you can be held accountable for hazing activities within your program and as such, could be legally charged in a hazing incident. Hazing activities may include but are by no means limited to the following team functions: use of alcohol; nudity; paddling in any form; branding or shaving; creation of excessive fatigue; consumption of excessive and/or an unusual combination of food; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities conducted on or off campus; wearing of apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities that are not consistent with state and local law (including legal drinking age), or the regulations and policies of Delaware Valley University. For more information from the NCAA regarding hazing, visit: STUDENT-ATHLETE SOCIAL MEDIA Social media is a popular and useful part of everyday life on a college campus. Through participation in online social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) student-athletes can be positive ambassadors for DelVal and the athletics program by: Promoting upcoming games, encouraging your friends and followers to attend events, and promoting official DelVal social media channels Supporting your teammates, coaches and fans for their efforts Re-tweeting, re-posting or "like-ing" news content that has been released through official DelVal web, social media and news channels Effectively and positively communicating with friends, family teammates and others in your social circles. Student-athletes have the privilege of representing Delaware Valley University. With that privilege comes quite a bit of responsibility -- for yourself, your team and your university. As a student-athlete you are in the public eye more than many other students and your peers, family, friends, faculty, staff, opposing teams, recruits, coaches and even future employers can view what you post or represent on your social media sites. Because your impact can be so significant and because the Internet is "permanent" we encourage student-athletes to adhere to the following best practices for social media use: Best practices and helpful reminders: Think before you post! If you wouldn't want your coach, your parents or a future employer to see it, You can delete what you post, but the Internet is permanent. What you post is "out there" somewhere, and out of your control; Don't post personal information about yourself (address, phone number, birthdate, etc.); Avoid accepting friend or follow requests from people you don't know; Be in a positive state of mind when you post -- posting when you are angry, or when your judgment is impaired may lead to a decision you regret later; and Think about your privacy settings -- the strongest security settings for Facebook is recommended, as is having "protected tweets" on Twitter, where only approved followers will be able to view tweets. Inappropriate behavior: While social media can be used for positive purposes, there are also times when its use can cross the line for what is appropriate under team, university and NCAA guidelines and expectations for conduct. The social media practices outlined below are inappropriate for student-athletes: STUDENT-ATHLETE SOCIAL MEDIA Accepting "friend" or "follow" requests from members of the working media. Your social media page is not an authorized news source for DelVal athletics or the University and should not be used in that way; Posting personally identifying information about another person without their consent; Commenting on team information that should be kept within the team and athletic program (examples include information about injuries, rosters, playbook information, scrimmages, officiating); Posting information and images that depict behavior that is illegal or in violation of university, MAC or NCAA rules (examples include but are not limited to hazing, harassment, sexually explicit/pornographic images, assault, gambling/sports wagering, underage drinking, illegal drug use, vandalism, academic dishonesty); and Posting content targeted at other institutions, teams or student-athletes that is unsportsmanlike, derogatory, demeaning or threatening in nature. Accountability for inappropriate behavior: Student-athlete conduct on social media which run counter to this policy are reviewed by the director of athletics and the associate dean of students to ensure a consistent and equitable response. Resolution may be informal or formal, depending on the nature of the incident and may be resolved by athletics staff, by the student conduct officer/process, or some combination. Instances of inappropriate behavior as noted above are also reported to the MAC and the NCAA. Outcomes of a resolution process may range, depending on the infraction from education, counseling and similar actions to restore you to good standing in the eyes of the University, to suspension from games, the team and potentially the University. Taking the time to think carefully about what you post will help you to avoid difficulties. When in doubt, think about whether what you are about to post reflects your values, and those of your team, coach and college. Maintaining a positive image as a student-athlete is a worthy goal. By signing below, you are indicating that you have read this policy, and that you acknowledge that failure to follow these guidelines may result in consequences that could alter your status with your team and with the University. Printed name: Signature: Date: Credit: St. Michael's College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Dartmouth College, Widener University SPORTS MEDICINE & ATHLETIC TRAINING The purpose of the athletic training staff is fourfold. First, we desire to allow efficient access to athletic training services to the student-athletes. Second, we hope to encourage a philosophy of sport that places a high value on health and wellness. Third, we hope to enable injured athletes to return to their sport as soon as medically safe. Finally, we hope to substantially reduce the risk of athletic injury the athletes at DelVal. The Training Staff delivers traditional athletic training and sports medicine services to the student-athletes of DelVal. The services to be delivered can be broken down into five areas: injury prevention (screening, taping, bracing, padding), injury recognition and evaluation, injury management/treatment and disposition (emergency care, referrals), rehabilitation, and education and counseling. A certified athletic trainer will be available for student-athletes for prevention and treatment of sports related injuries. The athletic trainer(s) will be available before, during and after scheduled practice and game times. Each year, all student-athletes MUST have the following completed and sent to the Athletic Training Department in order to be able to participate in any athletic-related activities: * Completed Insurance Verification Form * Copy of his or her Insurance Form (front and back) * Physical Evaluation Form * Medical History Questionnaire * Concussion Acknowledgement * Medical Authorization/Release of Information Authorization/Consent and Release Form * Sickle Cell Trait Reporting Form - NEW THIS YEAR AND MANDATED BY THE NCAA All forms including the student-athlete medical clearance packet can be found on the Athletics website:
For further questions or concerns you may either contact the athletic training office at 215-489-2353 or
refer to the DelVal Athletics website.
DRUG, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO POLICY NCAA Drug Policy
Any student-athlete who has been tested by the NCAA and is found to have utilized a substance on the list of banned drugs will be ineligible for one calendar year after the positive drug test, and will lose a minimum of one season of competition in all sports. The student-athlete will remain ineligible until the student-athlete tests negative and eligibility is restored by the Eligibility Subcommittee. If the student tests positive a second time for the use of any drug other than a "street drug" as defined by the NCAA, he or she shall lose all remaining regular season and post-season eligibility in all sports. If the student-athlete tests positive for the use of a "street drug" after being restored to eligibility, he or she shall lose a minimum of one additional season of competition in all sports and also shall remain ineligible for regular season and post-season competition at least through the next calendar year. The drinking age in the State of Pennsylvania is 21, therefore, no student-athlete under the age of 21 shall be provided with or consume any alcoholic beverages. Fall sport athletes are prohibited from the consumption of alcohol during the pre-season period. Teams representing Delaware Valley College are prohibited from the use of alcoholic beverages while on any university-sponsored trip. Tobacco use is banned at all practices and competitions. Nutritional Ergogenic aids
Nutritional supplements are marketed to athletes to improve performance, recovery time required after a workout or to build muscles. Many athletes use nutritional supplements despite the lack of long-term studies to assess possible harmful side effects. In addition, such substances may be ineffective, are expensive, and may be harmful to health or performance. Contents of many of these compounds are not subject to the strict regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may contain impurities or banned substances which may cause a student-athlete to test positive. Physical Education & Athletics discourages their use and coaches will not distribute or endorse "nutritional" supplements. The use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco are banned during recruit visits. All nutritional/dietary supplements carry some risk of containing an NCAA banned substance because they are not well regulated and may be contaminated. Failure to check out any supplement with your sports medicine staff prior to use may result in a failed appeal for a positive drug test. Student-athletes are responsible for anything they ingest. NCAA BANNED DRUGS 2015-2016 NCAA Banned Drugs
It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff
before using any substance
The NCAA bans the following classes of drugs:
Anabolic Agents Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only) Diuretics and Other Masking Agents Street Drugs Peptide Hormones and Analogues Anti-estrogens Beta-2 Agonists
Note: Any substance chemically related to these classes is also banned.
The institution and the student-athlete shall be held accountable for all drugs within the banned drug class regardless of whether they have been specifically identified. Drugs and Procedures Subject to Restrictions
Blood Doping Local Anesthetics (under some conditions) Manipulation of Urine Samples Beta-2 Agonists permitted only by prescription and inhalation Caffeine if concentrations in urine exceed 15 micrograms/ml NCAA Nutritional/Dietary Supplements Warning
Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product,
review the product with the appropriate or designated athletics department staff!
Dietary supplements are not well regulated and may cause a positive drug test result. Student-athletes have tested positive and lost their eligibility using dietary supplements. Many dietary supplements are contaminated with banned drugs not listed on the label. Any product containing a dietary supplement ingredient is taken at your own risk. Note to Student-Athletes: There is no complete list of banned substances.
Do not rely on this list to rule out any supplement ingredient.
NCAA BANNED DRUGS Check with your athletics department staff prior to using a supplement.
Some Examples of NCAA Banned Substances in Each Drug Class:
Amphetamine (Adderall); caffeine (guarana); cocaine; ephedrine; fenfluramine (Fen); methamphetamine;
methylphenidate (Ritalin); phentermine (Phen); synephrine (bitter orange); methylhexaneamine, "bath salts"
exceptions: phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine are not banned.
Anabolic Agents (sometimes listed as a chemical formula, such as 3,6,17-androstenetrione)
Androstenedione; boldenone; clenbuterol; DHEA (7-Keto); epi-trenbolone; etiocholanolone; methasterone;
methandienone; nandrolone; norandrostenedione; stanozolol; stenbolone; testosterone; trenbolone; etc.
Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only)
Alcohol; atenolol; metoprolol; nadolol; pindolol; propranolol; timolol; etc.
Diuretics (water pills) and Other Masking Agents
Bumetanide; chlorothiazide; furosemide; hydrochlorothiazide; probenecid; spironolactone (canrenone);
triameterene; trichlormethiazide; etc.
Heroin; marijuana; tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); synthetic cannabinoids (eg. spice, K2, JWH-018, JWH-073)
Peptide Hormones and Analogues
Growth hormone(hGH); human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG); erythropoietin (EPO); etc.
Anastrozole; tamoxifen; formestane; 3,17-dioxo-etiochol-1,4,6-triene(ATD), etc.
Bambuterol; formoterol; salbutamol; salmeterol; etc.
Additional examples of banned drugs can be found
Any substance that is chemically related to the class,
even if it is not listed as an example, is also banned!
Information about ingredients in medications and nutritional/dietary supplements can be obtained by contacting the Resource Exchange Center, REC, 877-202-0769 orpassword
ncaa1, ncaa2 or ncaa3.
Equipment managers are located at James Work Memorial Stadium (football) and in Rudley-Neumann Gymnasium (all other sports). All clothing and equipment that is issued to you is the property of Delaware Valley University. The items issued are for your use during practice, competition, training and conditioning. They are to be worn only in conjunction with official practices, games and conditioning sessions and otherwise should not be removed from the recreational facilities. Items that become unusable or items that need to be replaced may be turned in to the Equipment Room at James Work Stadium or in Rudley-Neumann Gymnasium. New items will be re-issued only upon written request by your coaching staff. LAUNDRY: After each practice and game student-athletes should put their practice gear/uniforms in the
laundry chute right away to ensure that it is cleaned. Practice gear should be placed inside the laundry bag
provided for them and closed appropriately. Laundry service is provided only for clothing issued from the
Equipment Room; personal items should not be turned in to the Equipment Room. If personal items are
identified in a laundry bag, then the bag will not be laundered.
Upon completion of the season, all issued clothing and equipment including towels and laundry bags, must be returned and checked into the Equipment Room. Failure to return items will result in the student-athlete being charged for the replacement cost of the non-returned item. Adherence to this policy is essential to Physical Education & Athletics' financial ability to provide clothing and equipment for all student-athletes, as well as to comply with NCAA rules. SPORTS INFORMATION The Delaware Valley University Sports Information Office serves as the primary liaison between Athletics and
the general public. Our goal is to promote Delaware Valley's 22 intercollegiate sports teams and individual
athletes. We work on behalf of the athletes, coaches, and the University, but we are also here to serve
campus, local, and national media; alumni, parents, and other supporters; the Middle Atlantic Conference,
the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the NCAA; and competing institutions.
Specifically, the Sports Information Office is responsible for: (1) publicity and promotions, (2) website
maintenance, (3) social media, (4) game day audio, (5) publications, (6) press box/scorer's table operations,
(6) statistical compilation and reporting, (7) historical research, (8) photography, (9) award nominations and
(10) the Athletics Hall of Fame.
At the beginning of each sports season we ask that you complete a questionnaire that will be used
throughout the season in promoting team and individuals through releases sent to your hometown
newspapers, local papers and national media outlets.
The Sports Information Director (SID) oversees all aspects of the office with help from an Assistant Sports
Information Director as well as student assistants.
The sports information department is responsible for game day audio and allows teams to submit their own
pre-game/warm-up music. All music must be approved by the sports information office prior to the season.
Music must be clean and contain no vulgar language or display any discrimination on the basis of gender,
age, race, religion or sexual orientation. If the first attempt at music is denied by the office the team is given
one more chance to make a new submission for review.
Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director
Phone: (215) 489-2937
STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY SAAC is a NCAA mandated program. The MAC also mandates SAAC participation. In accordance with the mission of Delaware Valley University and the Student Affairs Office, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), as representatives of all student-athletes, seeks to uphold the College's ideas and traditions of academic excellence and sportsmanship through community involvement and intercollegiate athletics. The SAAC strives to promote effective communication between the Athletic Department and student-athletes on matters including: Soliciting student-athlete input on the operation of the intercollegiate athletic program. Soliciting student-athlete response to proposed NCAA legislation. Disseminating pertinent information to student-athletes. Creating support for athletics from the student body and the community. The membership of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee shall be representative of the diversity of the student-athlete population. The committee should be composed of at least one and no more than two representatives from each varsity sport. Representatives must be recommended by their coach and shall be appointed by the Athletic Director or Assistant Athletic Director. Through collaboration with the entire DelVal community, the SAAC will adhere to rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Each Committee member shall serve as a liaison between the Committee and his or her team. Members must serve for one full year and can serve a maximum of two years. Student-athletes should remember that they are representatives of Delaware Valley University whenever
their team is traveling for competition. All trips begin when the team leaves campus and end upon return to
Class Attendance and Course Work
Athletes will not receive preferential treatment with regard to class attendance. Absence from class because
of athletic competition does not excuse an athlete from any course requirement. Students must clear any
absence related to athletics with his or her professor well before the absence. Most faculty members are
very supportive of students' extracurricular or personal interests and are willing to work with you regarding
accommodations – especially if you are already a diligent and responsible student and if you manage any
requests for accommodation in a mature fashion.
At the beginning of the semester, students who are seeking some kind of accommodation due to athletics
(1) Introduce themselves to their professor in person – not by email and identify themselves as a varsity athlete; provide the professor with a schedule; explain where the conflict is and inquire how to arrange alternatives. (2) Do not assume that your varsity sport participation automatically excuses you from any academic (3) Always be prepared to put academic obligations before your team commitments. Your coach and teammates will understand and are prepared to work around these conflicts when they do arise.
All athletes and coaches must travel with the team to and from all intercollegiate contests. Athletes must
return to campus with their team unless permission has been granted by the coach. Team members may
only leave the team with members of their immediate family. Unusual circumstances must be approved in
advance by the Athletic Director or Assistant Athletic Director and Head Coach.
Athletes should be aware of their status as representatives of Delaware Valley University and dress
accordingly. Coaches may also have specific dress codes for their teams.
Charges for hotel rooms and tax are the responsibility of the University; incidental expenses such as room
service and pay movies are to be paid by the room occupants. Hotels and coaches may prohibit telephone
calls and pay movies from being charged to hotel rooms
PROGRAM OFFERINGS Delaware Valley University is proud to offer students the opportunity to participate in the following varsity intercollegiate sports: * The Athletics Department also sponsors Cheerleading Intramural Sports: Various offerings year round. See intramurals page on athletics website for schedule and openings. PHONE DIRECTORIES Athletic Administration
Director of Athletics
Associate Athletic Director
Assistant Athletic Director
Carol Di Girolamo
Athletic Sports Programs Assistant
Linda Feldstein Athletic Training
Head Athletic Trainer
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Matt Kelly Sports Information
Sports Information Director
Assistant Sports Information Director
Rob Cunningham PHONE DIRECTORIES Facilities
Equipment Manager & Fields Coordinator
Bob Altieri Head Coaches
(215) 489-2240 Devin Keel
Cross Country (Men & Women)
Carol Di Girolamo
(215) 489-2439 Duke Greco
Matt Davis PHONE DIRECTORIES
Tennis (Men & Women)
Track & Field (Men & Women – Indoor & Outdoor)
Steve Cantrell Summary of NCAA Regulations − NCAA Division III Academic Year 2016-17
To summarize NCAA regulations regarding eligibility of student-athletes to compete.
DISCLAIMER: THE SUMMARY OF NCAA REGULATIONS DOES NOT INCLUDE
ALL NCAA DIVISION III BYLAWS. FOR A COMPLETE LIST, GO TO
WWW.NCAA.ORG. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING AND
UNDERSTANDING THE APPPLICATION OF ALL BYLAWS RELATED TO YOUR
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This summary of NCAA regulations contains information about your eligibility to compete in
This summary has two parts:
Part I is for all student-athletes.
Part II is for new student-athletes only (those signing the Student-Athlete Statement for
the first time).
If you have questions, ask your director of athletics (or his or her official designee) or refer to the 2016-17 NCAA Division III Manual. These forms are available via the NCAA website . The references in brackets after each summarized regulation show you where to find the regulation in the Division III Manual. Part I: FOR ALL STUDENT-ATHLETES.
This part of the summary discusses ethical conduct, amateurism, financial aid, academic
standards and other regulations concerning your eligibility for intercollegiate competition.
Ethical Conduct – All Sports.
You must act with honesty and sportsmanship at all times so that you represent the honor and dignity of fair play and the generally recognized high standards associated with wholesome competitive sports. [NCAA Bylaw 10.01.1] You have engaged in unethical conduct if you refuse to furnish information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an NCAA regulation when requested to do so by the NCAA or your institution. [Bylaw 10.1-(a)] Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 2 _ You are not eligible to compete if you knowingly provide information to
individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate
athletics competition, solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team, accept a bet on any
team representing the school or solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate
competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value.
You are not eligible to compete if you knowingly participate in any gambling
activity that involves intercollegiate or professional athletics, through a
bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.
You are not eligible to compete if you have shown dishonesty in evading or
violating NCAA regulations. [Bylaw 14.01.3.3]
Amateurism − All Sports.
You are not eligible for participation in a sport if after full-time collegiate
enrollment you have ever:
Taken pay, or the promise of pay, for competing in that sport; Agreed (orally or in writing) to compete in professional athletics in that sport; Competed on any professional athletics team (as defined by the NCAA) in that sport [Bylaw 12.02.5]; or Used your athletics skill for pay in any form in that sport. (Prior to collegiate enrollment, an individual may accept prize money based only on his or her place finish or performance from the sponsor of an open athletics event, the United States Olympic Committee or the appropriate national governing body. An individual may also accept actual and necessary expenses associated with the individual's practice and competition on a professional team.) [Bylaws 12.1.3 and 12.1.5] You are not eligible in a sport if you ever have accepted money, transportation or
other benefits from an agent or agreed to have an agent market your athletics
ability or reputation in that sport. [Bylaw 12.3.1]
You are not eligible in any sport if, after you become a student-athlete, you
accept any pay for promoting a commercial product or service or allow your name
or picture to be used for promoting a commercial product or service, unless:
Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 3 _ The individual became involved in such activities for reasons independent of athletics ability; No reference is made in these activities to the individual's involvement in intercollegiate athletics; and The individual's remuneration under such circumstances is at a rate commensurate with the individual's skill and experience as a model or performer and is not based in any way on the individual's athletics ability or reputation. [Bylaw 18.104.22.168] You are not eligible in any sport if, because of your athletics ability, you
were paid for work you did not perform, or were paid at a rate higher than
the going rate. [Bylaw 12.4.1]
Delayed Collegiate Enrollment.
The following rules are applicable to all Division III student-athletes first entering a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2014: • If you did not enroll in college as a full-time student by the next opportunity after a one calendar-year period following the graduation of your high school class or if you discontinued full-time high school enrollment and you participated in any of the activities listed below, you have used a season of intercollegiate competition for each calendar year or sport season in which you participated in such activities. [Bylaw 22.214.171.124] Activities Constituting Use of a Season. Any team competition or training in which pay in any form is provided to any of the participants above actual and necessary expenses; Any individual competition or training in which the individual accepts pay in any form based on his or her place finish or any competition or training in which the individual accepts pay in any form above actual and necessary expenses; Any competition pursuant to the signing of a contract for athletics participation or entering a professional draft; or Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 4 _ Any competition funded by a representative of an institution's athletics interest that is not open to all participants. [Bylaw 126.96.36.199.2] If you have used a season(s) of participation according to the regulations above, you must also fulfill an academic year in residence prior to being eligible to represent your school in intercollegiate competition. [Bylaw 188.8.131.52.1] Competition Exceptions (for delayed collegiate enrollment).
If you participated in organized competition while enrolled in a postgraduate college preparatory school during the initial year of enrollment, you did not use a season of competition. In addition, a maximum one-time one-year exception is applicable for participation in the Olympic Games tryouts and competition, and other specified national and international competition. [Bylaw 184.108.40.206.2.1] Seasons of Participation – All Sports.
A student-athlete must count a season of participation when he or she practices or competes during or after the first contest following the student-athlete's initial participation at that school. [Bylaw 220.127.116.11] A season of participation shall not be counted when a student-athlete participates in a preseason scrimmage or preseason exhibition conducted prior to the first contest in the traditional segment following the student-athlete's initial participation at that school, or when a student-athlete participates in the one date of competition during the nontraditional segment in baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. [Bylaw 18.104.22.168.1] A season of participation shall not be counted when a student-athlete practices in the nontraditional sports segment. [Bylaw 22.214.171.124] Financial Aid – All Sports.
You are not eligible if you receive financial aid other than the nonathletics
financial aid that your school distributes. However, it is permissible to receive:
Money from anyone on whom you are naturally or legally dependent. [Bylaw 126.96.36.199] Financial aid that has been awarded to you on a basis other than athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance. [Bylaw 188.8.131.52] Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 5 _ Financial aid from an entity outside your school that meets the requirements specified in the Division III Manual. [Bylaw 184.108.40.206] You must report to your school any financial aid that you receive from a source other than your school. However, you do not need to report financial aid received from anyone on whom you are naturally or legally dependent. [Bylaw 220.127.116.11] Academic Standards − All Sports.
Eligibility for Practice. You are eligible to practice if you are enrolled in a minimum full-time
program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree as
defined by the regulations of your school. If at any point you drop below
full time you are unable to practice. [Bylaw 18.104.22.168]
You are eligible to practice during the official vacation period
immediately before initial enrollment, provided you have been accepted
by your school for enrollment in a regular, full-time program of studies at
the time of your initial participation, you are no longer enrolled at your
previous school and you are eligible under all school and NCAA
requirements. [Bylaw 22.214.171.124.6.5]
You also are eligible to practice while enrolled in less than a minimum
full-time program of studies if you are enrolled in the final semester or
quarter of a baccalaureate program and your school certifies that you are
carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete your degree
requirements. [Bylaw 126.96.36.199.6.1]
Eligibility for Competition. To be eligible to compete, you must:
Have been admitted as a regularly enrolled, degree-seeking student according to the published entrance requirements of your school; Be in good academic standing according to the standards of your school; and Be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies leading to baccalaureate or the equivalent (not less than 12-semester or quarter hours) and maintain satisfactory progress toward that degree, be enrolled in a full-time graduate or Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 6 _ professional degree program (as defined by the school for all graduate students) or be enrolled and seeking a second baccalaureate degree at your school. [Bylaws 14.01.2, 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206.6.2] If you are enrolled in less than a full-time program, you are eligible to
compete only if you are enrolled in the last term of your baccalaureate or
graduate degree program and are carrying credits necessary to finish your
degree requirements. [Bylaw 220.127.116.11.6.1]
You are eligible to compete during the official vacation period
immediately before initial enrollment, provided you have been accepted
by your school for enrollment in a regular, full-time program of studies
and at the time of your initial participation, you are no longer enrolled in
your previous educational institution and you are eligible under all
institutional and NCAA requirements. [Bylaw 18.104.22.168.6.1]
If you are a returning student, you are eligible to compete between terms,
provided you have been registered for the required minimum full-time
load at the conclusion of the term immediately before the date of
competition, or if you are either continuing enrollment or beginning
enrollment, provided you have been accepted for enrollment as a regular
full-time student for the regular term immediately following the date of
competition. [Bylaw 22.214.171.124.6.6]
Other Rules Concerning Eligibility − All Sports.
You are not eligible to participate in more than four seasons of intercollegiate
participation. [Bylaw 14.2]
You are not eligible after 10 semesters or 15 quarters in which you were enrolled
at a collegiate institution in at least a minimum full-time program of studies as
determined by the school, except for any extensions that have been approved in
accordance with NCAA legislation. [Bylaw 14.2.2]
You are eligible if you are seeking a second baccalaureate or equivalent degree or
you are enrolled in a graduate or professional school provided you received your
undergraduate degree from the same school, you have seasons of participation
remaining and your participation occurs within the applicable 10 semesters or 15
quarters. You are also eligible for postseason events that occur within 60 days of
the date you complete the requirements for your degree. [Bylaws 14.1.9 and
Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 7 _ You are not eligible in your sport for the rest of your season if, after enrollment in
college and during any year in which you were a member of an intercollegiate
team, you competed as a member of any outside team in any noncollegiate,
amateur competition in the sport during your college team's playing season.
Competing in the Olympic Games, tryouts and competition and other specified
national and international competition is permitted. [Bylaws 14.7.1 and 14.7.3]
Transfer Students Only.
You are considered a transfer student if: You were officially registered and enrolled in a minimum, full-time program of studies in any quarter or semester of an academic year, as certified by the registrar or admissions office and attended class; or You reported for a regular squad practice (including practice or conditioning activities that occurred before certification), announced by the institution through any member of its athletics department staff, before the beginning of any quarter or semester, as certified by the athletics director. [Bylaw 14.5.2] If you are a transfer student from a four-year school, you are not eligible during
your first academic year in residence unless you meet the provisions of one of the
exceptions specified in Bylaws 126.96.36.199.1, 188.8.131.52.2 or 184.108.40.206.3.
If you are a transfer student from a two-year institution, you are not eligible
during your first academic year in residence at your new institution unless you
meet the academic and residence requirements specified in Bylaw 220.127.116.11 or the
exception specified in Bylaw 18.104.22.168.
If you wish to correspond with another NCAA institution about your opportunity to transfer, the institution must have permission to contact you before any correspondence may occur. (1) To contact another NCAA Division III school, you may seek permission from your director of athletics, or you can grant other NCAA Division III institutions permission to contact you. To grant another NCAA Division III school permission to contact you about a potential transfer (or for you to be able to contact the school), complete the Permission to Contact: Self-Release form that is provided by the NCAA national office. The form and instructions are available on the student-athlete home page of the NCAA website atstudent-athletes/permission-contact. Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 8 _ To contact Division I or Division II schools, you must seek permission from your director of athletics.
Part II: FOR NEW STUDENT-ATHLETES ONLY.
This part of the summary contains information about your recruitment, which is governed by
Bylaw 13 of the Division III Manual.
Offers − All Sports. You are not eligible if, before you enrolled at your school, any staff
member of your institution or any other representative of your school's
athletics interests offered to you, your relatives or your friends any
financial aid or other benefits that NCAA rules do not permit.
During your recruitment, it was permissible for you to be employed in any department outside of intercollegiate athletics provided the employment is arranged through normal institutional employment policies and procedures. [Bylaws 13.2.1 and 22.214.171.124] Contacts − All Sports. (1) For purposes of this section, contact means "any face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's relatives, guardian(s) or individual of a comparable relationship and an institutional athletics department staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged (e.g., positions himself/herself in a location where contact is possible) or that takes place on the grounds of the prospective student-athlete's educational institution or at the site of organized competition or practice involving the prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's high school, preparatory school, two-year college or all-star team shall be considered a contact, regardless of the conversation that occurs." [Bylaw 13.02.3] You are not eligible if any athletics staff member of your school or any
other representative of your school's athletics interests contacted you (as
defined above), your relatives or your legal guardians in person off your
Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 9 _ high school's campus before you completed your sophomore year in high school (except for students at military academies). [Bylaw 126.96.36.199] Source of Funds − All Sports. You are eligible for intercollegiate competition if prior to initial full-time
collegiate enrollment, you received normal and reasonable living expenses
from an individual with whom you had an established relationship (e.g.,
high school coach, nonscholastic athletics team coach, family of a
teammate), even if the relationship developed as a result of athletics
The individual is not an agent; The individual is not an athletics representative of a particular school involved in recruiting the prospective student-athlete; and Such living expenses are consistent with the types of expenses provided by the individual as a part of normal living arrangements (e.g., housing, meals, occasional spending money, use of the family car). [Bylaw 188.8.131.52] You are not eligible if, before you enrolled at your school, the school,
members of its athletics staff or a representative of its athletics interests
gave you free or reduced admission privileges to attend its sports camp or
clinic after you had started classes for the ninth grade. [Bylaw 184.108.40.206]
Visits, Transportation and Entertainment − All Sports. You are not eligible under Bylaws 13.5, 13.6 or 13.7 if, before you
enrolled at your school, any of the following happened to you:
Your school paid for you to visit its campus more than once; Your one expense-paid visit to the campus lasted longer than 48 hours; Your school paid more than the actual round-trip cost by direct route between your home and the campus when you made your one expense-paid visit; Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 10 _ Your school entertained you, your parents (or guardians) or your spouse outside a 30-mile radius of the campus during your expense-paid visit; or Your school entertained you, your parents (or guardians) or your spouse excessively during your expense-paid visit, or entertained your friends or other relatives at any site. You are not eligible if your school paid for you to visit its campus before
January 1 of your junior year in high school. [Bylaw 220.127.116.11.1]
You are not eligible if, when you were being recruited, staff members of
your school or any representatives of its athletics interests paid the
transportation costs for your relatives or friends to visit the campus or
elsewhere other than the one paid visit. [Bylaw 18.104.22.168]
You are not eligible if any person, (other than your parents or legal
guardians) at his or her own expense, paid for you to visit your school
once and did not accompany you on the visit or paid for you to visit more
than once. [Bylaw 22.214.171.124]
You are not eligible if, at any time that you were visiting your school's
campus at your own expense, your school paid for anything more than the
Transportation, when accompanied by a staff member, to see off-campus practice and competition sites and other facilities. [Bylaw 13.5.3] A meal at the dining hall of your school or a meal at an off-campus site if all institutional dining halls were closed and the school normally provides similar meals to all visiting prospective students. [Bylaw 126.96.36.199.1] Housing at your school that is generally available to all visiting prospective students. [Bylaw 188.8.131.52.2] You are not eligible if, when you were being recruited, a staff member of
your school's athletics department spent money, other than what was
necessary, for the staff member's (or representative's) personal expenses
during an off-campus visit with you. [Bylaw 13.14.2]
Summary of NCAA Regulations – NCAA Division III Page No. 11 _ Precollege or Postgraduate Expenses − All Sports. You are not eligible if your school, or any representative of its athletics
interests, offered you money, directly or indirectly, to pay for any part of
your educational expenses or other expenses during any period of time
before you enrolled at your school. This applies to your postgraduate
education as well. [Bylaw 13.15.1]
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