Collegiate athletic voice
NCAA serves nation's schools
Progress and growth have become
familiar companions for the National
Collegiate Athletic Association during
its first 73 years as the major governing
organization for intercollegiate athletics
in the United States.
A call for stricter control of college
football by President Theodore Roosevelt because of the violence in the game
brought together 13 institutions in 1905,
formulating the original communications base for college athletics.
This initial body called itself the Intercollegiate Athletic Association and
was officially constituted March 31,
1906. In 1910, the name was changed to
the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Seven progressive decades have
molded this original 13-member body
into a membership today of more than
860 colleges, universities, conferences
and affiliated organizations.
Administration and rules interpretation occupied early efforts of the organization. Shortly after World War II, the
NCAA adopted legislative and executive
powers, changing its function into one
dealing with virtually all issues concerned with intercollegiate athletics.
Many things have become associated
with the NCAA during its colorful history. Highest priority goes to the service
it provides to more than 860 members,
acting as the true "voice" of college
Each January, the NCAA membership
comes together at the annual Convention to review, propose and amend legislation. The Convention presents the
opportunity for the nation's institutions
of higher learning to speak and act on
athletic matters at the national level.
William J. Flynn
Acting in the best interests of its
membership, the NCAA strives to perform these specific functions among its
many other responsibilities:
• Conducts 43 annual National Collegiate Championships in 19 sports for
three separate divisions. Three championships (Division I, Division II and Division III) are held in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer,
swimming, tennis, outdoor track and
wrestling. Two championships (Division
I and Divisions II—III) are staged in gymnastics and ice hockey. Fencing, rifle,
skiing, indoor track, volleyball and
water polo hold single National Collegiate Championships, while football is
contested in Divisions I-AA, II and III.
The National Collegiate Championship
dates back to 1883 in tennis; and during
this 76-year history, more than 85,000
student-athletes have competed in these
events, with more than 10,000 earning
the coveted title of "National Collegiate
• Maintains 13 rules committees to
formulate, copyright and publish rules
NCAA national headquarters
building in Mission, Kansas
of play for the government of collegiate
sports. Members of these and many
other committees are elected by representatives of member institutions at the
• Publishes "official guides" annually
for nine sports through the NCAA Publishing Service.
• Collects, compiles and distributes
the official statistics of college football,
basketball and baseball through its
NCAA Statistics Service.
• Conducts studies as a means of
developing solutions to athletic programs.
• Represents the membership in legislative and regulatory matters on the
state and Federal levels.
• Annually selects the College Athletics Top Ten and the Theodore Roosevelt ("Teddy") Award—the Association's highest honor.
• Administers an honors program
which annually awards 80 postgraduate
scholarships to recognize outstanding
senior student-athletes who have excelled in the classroom as well as athletics. This scholarship is for $2,000. The
program has provided $1,264,000 to
1,104 recipients since its inception in the
1964-65 academic year.
• Promotes and participates in international sports planning and competition through membership in the United
States Olympic Committee, Amateur
Basketball Association of the USA,
Track and Field Association of the USA,
and the United States Baseball, Gymnastics and Wrestling Federations, as
well as through NCAA-sponsored competition with Japan.
• Maintains more than 70 full-time
staff members at its national headquarters in Mission, Kansas, under the
supervision of Executive Director