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The National Collegiate Athletic Association will consider proposals to allow athletes who do not meet certain academic requirements to receive nonathletic, need-based scholarships.

A series of proposals adopted by the ncaa's Presidents' Commission during a meeting earlier this month in Kansas City, Mo., would drastically shorten spring football practice, shorten the basketball season by a month, and reduce by three the number of basketball games played each season.

The package of recommendations also includes a proposal to provide nonathletic scholarships to first-year student-athletes who want to attend summer school, according to James A. Marchiony, an n.c.a.a. spokesman.

The commission also agreed to place a proposal before its general membership that would require all Division I and II members to disclose their graduation rates in all sports.

In addition, the commission agreed to begin reporting the graduation rates of students in football and basketball programs by race.

The scholarship proposals were seen as concessions to critics of Proposition 42, a rule passed last January that denies aid to student-athletes who fail to meet minimum academic requirements.

n.c.a.a. members are expected to vote on the proposals at the organization's annual convention in January, Mr. Marchiony said.

A task force of sports administrators and coaching educators is working to establish a National Coaching Education Association to heighten the professional status of their field.

The new task force was created last month at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the American Coaching Effectiveness Program, a for-profit organization dedicated to coaching education.

The task force is made up of one representative from each of five coaching education programs and a total of eight representatives from colleges and universities, secondary schools, community-based youth-sports organizations, and the U.S. Olympic National Governing Bodies, according to the acep.

Don Sparks, assistant director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, has been selected as the ex officio chairman of the task force.

Vol. 09, Issue 08

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