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December 2018

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DECEMBER 2018 29 In the September 2018 Cavalier Corner, I wrote about the men's basketball rule changes specific to amateurism and agents for men's basketball student-athletes. This article will discuss the recruiting changes for men's basketball and degree completion opportunities for former men's and women's basketball student-athletes. RECRUITING: The highlight of the recruiting changes for men's basket - ball relates to when and how often prospective student- athletes (PSA) may take official visits (expenses paid by the school) and unofficial visits (expenses paid by the PSA) to visit schools. Previously, the first opportunity for a school to provide an official visit to a men's basketball PSA was January 1 of the PSA's junior year. Further, a school could only provide one visit to the PSA during his high school career and limited the PSA to five total official visits during his high school career. Now with the new rule, PSA's may start taking official visits beginning August 1 of their junior year. Additionally, an institution may provide the same PSA an official visit during the PSA's junior year and senior year. Finally, the PSA's official visit opportuni - ties increase from five to 10 during his high school career. Another big change in the recruiting legislation for men's basketball is when PSA's may make unofficial visits to schools. Previously, the rule permitted a PSA to make an unofficial visit at any point in the PSA's career. Now, men's basketball PSA's may not visit and meet with ath- letic department personnel, including men's basketball staffs, until August 1 of the PSA's sophomore year. DEGREE COMPLETION: A new requirement for all active Division I institutions that provided athletically related aid to men's and wom - en's basketball student-athletes during their undergradu- ate careers will be to offer a degree-completion program for former men's and women's basketball student-athletes who meet specified criteria and desire to return to their original institutions to graduate. The required program would permit such a student-athlete to qualify for aid to cover a minimum of tuition and fees and books, provided he or she previously completed two years of academic work at the institution, is in good academic standing (as determined by the institution) and has exhausted other available funding options (e.g., funds from professional leagues and contracts), among other requirements to earn their first undergraduate degree. As UVA and other NCAA member institutions adjust to the new legislation adopted from recommendations made by the Commission on College Basketball, we can only hope that these changes will protect the integrity of the college basketball game. Men's Basketball Rule Changes Part II Eric Baumgartner, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance compliance corner event recap Tee It Up Golf Tournament VAF hosted its annual Tee It Up Golf Tournament to benefit the Virginia Men's and Women's Golf programs on September 28 at Full Cry at Keswick Hall and Golf Club. UVA golf alumni, donors and fans participated in the tournament. Current members of the Virginia golf teams played with each foursome, giving participants a chance to get to know the outstanding student-athletes. The event featured lunch, best two ball format and a post tourna - ment awards reception. This year's tournament again featured a "Closest to the Hole" putting contest at the turn led by women's golf coaches Ria Scott and Calle Nielson and a "Closest to the Pin Challenge vs. Coach Sargent" on a par 3 led by men's head golf coach Bowen Sargent. Both golf programs are very appreciative of the participants and sponsor- ships that helped raise record-breaking proceeds. This year's tournament was scheduled around the soft opening of the new Dean Family Golf Performance Center at Birdwood Golf Course. This facility serves as the new home for both golf programs including impressive amenities that provides the ability for golf student-athletes to develop year-round. In- door features include indoor hitting bays and a putting studio. Alumni, donors and fans in town for the tournament were invited to tour the almost complete facility first-hand. Foundry Golf Tournament VAF hosted its 14th annual Foundry Golf Tournament on October 8, 2018 at the Foundry Golf Club in Richmond. Each year the tournament significantly benefits UVA men's and women's golf programs due to the efforts of Coley Wortham and Bob Mizell who help recruit Richmond area participants and sponsors. The tournament opened with lunch followed by the introduction of men's golf head coach Bowen Sargent, women's golf head coach Ria Scott and members of the UVA golf teams. Student-athletes were paired with each foursome in a scramble for - mat. Participants enjoyed a fun day and a post tournament awards reception. Congratulations to the proximity winners, raffle-prize winners and the overall win- ning team "Davenport & Company LLC". Thank you to everyone for their participation and support of Virginia Golf. Winning team in order: Gib Harris, Ria Scott, Lou Moelchert, Coley Wortham and Coleman Wortham. Both men's and women's head golf coaches, Bowen Sargent and Ria Scott, pose with Lindsay and Coley Wortham, and Marlene and Bob Mizell. Winning team in order: Gordon Rainey, Dan Brody, student-athlete Nathan Chuwait, Gordon Burris and Jim Kramer.

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