At the NCAA Division III level, the student comes first. That
concept is well represented by the reliance upon the
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at the school, conference
and national levels.
Throughout all levels of administration, the student-athlete is
relied upon to help guide his or her own athletics experience.
Varsity teams elect their own representatives to the Wittenberg
SAAC, which helps the university execute the most effective,
enjoyable and impactful athletics program possible.
From the Wittenberg University Athletics and Recreation
Department Policies and Procedures Manual:
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee consists of representatives from
each intercollegiate team, selected by their team members. In order
to be effective and successful, the SAAC must have participants who
are eager and willing to be actively involved. The committee meets
on a regular basis throughout the semester with the SAAC Advisor
and other invited guests.
This group is a tremendous asset in terms of developing and
increasing effective communication between student-athletes and
administrative staff. Regular meetings feature discussions of new
developments that affect student-athletes within the NCAA, NCAC,
and the university. Representatives of the committee attend an
annual NCAC Student-Advisory Council meeting and the NCAA
Foundation Leadership Conference.
North Coast Athletic Conference SAAC
From the NCAC website:
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of
student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the
student-athlete experience and to offer input on the rules,
regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on
NCAC member campuses.
The SAAC serves as a conduit of communication among
student-athletes, coaches, and athletics administrators on issues
to improve the student-athlete experience and promote growth and
education through sports participation. Concerns can be voiced and
solutions offered regarding any issues relevant to NCAA
NCAA Division III SAAC
From the NCAA SAAC website:
mission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total
student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting
student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete
A student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is a committee made up
of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the
student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the
rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives
on NCAA member institution campuses.
Presently, there are separate national SAACs for NCAA Divisions I,
II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions
have SAACs on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation
requires that all member conferences have SAACs.
The Division III SAAC consists of one student-athlete
representative from each pair of conferences represented in the
Division III SAAC partnership program and at least one
student-athlete from a Division III independent institution.
Two student-athletes from the committee are voting members on the
Division III Management Council. In Division III, legislation is
proposed to the Management Council from Division III committees,
and the Management Council then has the option of forwarding the
proposed legislation to the Division III Presidents Council for
approval. If the legislation is approved by the Presidents Council,
it is voted on annually at the NCAA Convention in January by each
Division III member institution and conference to determine if it
will become new legislation.