NCAA polls Division I athletes regarding time demands

The NCAA is always looking for ways to improve — and we all know they need to — so it’s nice to see a recent poll sent out to Division I student-athletes regarding time demands.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg shared questions from the poll which is asking for feedback that could be used to alter current NCAA law.

Obtained NCAA online time demands survey. Addresses CARA hours, out-of-season time demands, travel. Some questions:

— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 27, 2016

More from the NCAA survey

— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 27, 2016

The survery was given outside of the team environment to avoid influence from coaches around the nation. They must be completed by March 21, with Northwestern AD Jim Phillips telling ESPN  a “massive legislation package” will be introduced in September.

The legislation will then be voted on during January’s annual meetings.

One potential change could be cutting spring practices, which could impact a certain Michigan coach’s spring football plans moving forward.

“Even though some things burn inside of us deeply and we’re sensitive to some people taking advantage of rules, having one-off legislation is not the right approach,” Phillips told ESPN. “What Michigan is doing is permissible. If the student-athletes come back and tell us across the board we don’t want to interrupt our spring break, we’d be hypocritical not to listen to them. They may also say there’s a period of time after the completion of a season, two to three weeks where they don’t do anything: no film, no weights, nothing.

“So you can’t restrict legislation or propose legislation when you’re dealing with a comprehensive, holistic review.”

We will have to wait and see whether changes are made, but it looks like the NCAA is doing its due diligence to make positive changes that will allow the student-athletes to better use their time.

“We could have passed legislation at the [2016] NCAA convention around time demands, but that wasn’t the right thing to do because each sport has its own ebb and flow and their own calendar where they play and practice,” Phillips said. “As much angst as there is about specific rules out there that people are using that are legal, the right approach has been to take this in a comprehensive review.

“We want to hear what the student-athletes have to say.”

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