DI Board delays sand volleyball’s effective date


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By Michelle Brutlag Hosick
The NCAA News


ATLANTA - The Division I Board of Directors delayed the effective date of the addition of sand volleyball to the list of emerging sports for women until August 2011.

The Board voted Saturday to delay the effective date to give the governance structure time to shape the sport at the collegiate level. Several proposals fashioning the playing and practice season, financial aid limits and coaching limits were introduced into the 2009-10 legislative cycle and will be acted on by the Legislative Council in April.

The Division I membership reaffirmed sand volleyball as an emerging sport Friday, turning back an override attempt during the Division I business session.

Some of the concern that prompted the override attempt stemmed from uncertainty about the parameters of the sport at the college level.  The Board believes giving the structure additional time to build the sport will be helpful.

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