NCAA Officially Designates Women’s Wrestling As Emerging Sport

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July 2, 2020,

It has been a long time coming but some things are well worth the wait.

It is now official. Women’s Wrestling has been designated an NCAA emerging sport.

As reported at on June 18, 2020, “Women’s wrestling has been added to the NCAA’s Emerging Sports for Women program in Division I, the NCAA announced Wednesday. It was approved at the Division II and Division III level earlier this year.”

The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics is responsible with identifying and managing the progress of emerging sports for women.

That is a very important task.

An emerging sport is a women’s sport recognized by the NCAA that is intended to help schools provide more athletics opportunities for women and more sport-sponsorship options for the institutions, and also help that sport achieve NCAA championship status.

It all began back in 1994.

When the NCAA adopted the recommendations of the Gender Equity Task Force, one of the recommendations was the creation of the list of emerging sports for women.

The NCAA announced, “The NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program will grow by two sports this August, as acrobatics and tumbling and women’s wrestling are now approved in all three divisions.

Acrobatics and tumbling and women’s wrestling were recently approved for the emerging sports program in Division I and were approved in Divisions II and III in January. Both sports will join equestrian, rugby and triathlon as emerging sports Aug. 1. Acrobatics and tumbling anticipates 30 NCAA schools will sponsor the sport in 2020-21, while women’s wrestling will be sponsored by about 35 schools.”

The timing for this is perfect considering the new NIL rule is in effect.

Have you heard of it? It stands for Name, Image and Likeness.

The NCAA expresses that the term has taken on new meaning amid the national conversation. Most simply, “name, image and likeness” are three elements that make up a legal concept known as “right of publicity.” Right of publicity involves those situations where permission is required of a person to use their name, image or likeness.

The team at breaks it down for us, “Basically, any proposed rules changes would allow student-athletes to do business with third parties for promotional activities and for them to receive compensation for outside business ventures. That also includes any potential compensation generated as a social media creator or influencer, assuming fair market value is in play.”

That is great to know.

Remember the days when if a college athlete received virtually anything monetarily from a sponsor their entire athletic program could face heavy sanctions?

We’re certainly glad those days are coming to an end. It always seemed so hypocritical.

Back on April 30, 2020. Sports Illustrated reported, “Some had waited months, others years and even a few decades. The college sports world excitedly readied itself for this day as it approached, an indelible moment in NCAA athletics history, when the governing body of college sports would jettison 100 years of amateurism policies that so many believe are un-American.”

The Sporting News adds that any compensation received by student-athletes for NIL activities represents a genuine payment for use of their NIL, and is not simply a disguised form of pay for athletics participation. Schools and conferences play no role in a student-athlete’s NIL activities.

As you might guess, this is big news and it is gaining national attention.

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PHILADELPHIA, May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In mid-April, Courtney Altemus (TeamAltemus Founder and CEO) moderated a LEAD1-hosted webinar about what the future of NIL means for collegiate athletic departments. She was joined by: Jack Swarbrick (Notre Dame University AD), Julie Cromer (Ohio University AD) and Matt Elliott (UCLA Senior Associate AD). The conversation focused on shared excitement about the widespread opportunity the NIL rule change will bring to student-athletes across all NCAA sub-divisions. There was also consensus and enthusiasm for the need for education and support.

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Altemus says, “Effective education will be the difference maker. There will be tremendous opportunity for student-athletes to create successful, life-skills-developing opportunities for themselves. Without the proper tools and education, NIL could become a distracting, misguided pursuit that is ultimately detrimental to a student-athlete’s academic and athletic development.”

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