2004 DIVISION I
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Table of Contents
Introduction .................................................................................................. 6
Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Information
Mission Statement ..................................................................................... 7
Important Dates .......................................................................................... 8
General Administration ........................................................................... 9
Dates and Sites ............................................................................................... 9
Sports Committee.......................................................................................... 9
Annual Forms................................................................................................. 11
Determination of Competing Institutions ........................................ 12
Championship Structure .............................................................................. 12
Championship Selection............................................................................... 12
Automatic-Qualifying Conferences ........................................................... 12
Instructions to Participants ................................................................... 14
All-Tournament Team................................................................................... 14
Backboards and Baskets ............................................................................... 14
Checklist for Participating Institutions...................................................... 15
Cheerleaders, Mascots and Banners .......................................................... 16
Commercial Involvement ............................................................................ 17
Credentials Criteria for Domestic Media Agencies................................. 17
Drug Testing ................................................................................................... 17
Game Management Issues........................................................................... 18
Game Staff....................................................................................................... 18
Hospital ........................................................................................................... 18
Lodging for Participants............................................................................... 18
Mandatory Meetings..................................................................................... 20
Microphones ................................................................................................... 21
Mini-Camera Policies.................................................................................... 21
National Anthem ........................................................................................... 21
News Conferences and Postgame Interviews.......................................... 21
Obligations of the Head Coach ................................................................... 23
Official Traveling Party ................................................................................ 27 Appendixes
Officials............................................................................................................ 27 A. Championship Bracket.......................................................................... 55
Participants Admission to Arena................................................................ 27 B. Division I Men’s Basketball Committee ............................................ 56
Per Diem.......................................................................................................... 29 C. 2004 Automatic-Qualifying Conferences .......................................... 59
Practice............................................................................................................. 30 D. Regional Advisory Committees .......................................................... 64
Print Photographers ...................................................................................... 31 E. Principles and Procedures for Establishing the Team Bracket...... 66
Programs ......................................................................................................... 31 F. Tournament Personnel.......................................................................... 74
Prohibited Items............................................................................................. 31 G. Future Tournament Sites ...................................................................... 78
Public Statements Regarding Officiating .................................................. 31 H. Participating Institution Tournament Checklist .............................. 81
Radio ................................................................................................................ 32 I. Credentials Criteria................................................................................ 83
Rules of Play ................................................................................................... 32 J. Game Management Issues ................................................................... 90
Scouting Seats................................................................................................. 33 K. NCAA Licensing Program ................................................................... 91
Sports Information Directors....................................................................... 33 L. NCAA Event Merchandising Policies................................................ 94
Squad Size ....................................................................................................... 34 M. Mini-cam Policies ................................................................................... 97
Starting Times................................................................................................. 34 N. Tentative Schedule of Events............................................................... 99
Strobe Lights ................................................................................................... 35 O. Officials ....................................................................................................108
Student-Athlete Affidavit ............................................................................ 35 P. Print Photography Policies...................................................................113
Team Benches and Coaching Aides ........................................................... 35 Q. Radio Policy ............................................................................................115
R. Strobe Lights ...........................................................................................118
Team Introductions........................................................................................ 35
S. Television Commerical Format ...........................................................120
Team Videotapes ........................................................................................... 36 T. Use of Footage by Television Agencies .............................................122
Tickets .............................................................................................................. 37 [Note: For all references to bylaws, see the 2003-04 NCAA Division I
Training Facilities........................................................................................... 39 Manual.]
Use of Footage by Television Entities ........................................................ 41
General Championship Information
Administration and Management .............................................................. 42
Advertising ..................................................................................................... 43
Americans with Disabilities Act.................................................................. 44
Budgets ............................................................................................................ 45
Certification of Eligibility/ Availability....................................................... 45
Commercial Involvement ............................................................................ 46
Crowd Control ............................................................................................... 46
Drug Testing ................................................................................................... 46
Eligibility ......................................................................................................... 47
Financial Penalty............................................................................................ 47
Insurance ......................................................................................................... 48
Medical Arrangements ................................................................................. 49
Risk Management Statement....................................................................... 51
Tobacco Ban .................................................................................................... 52
Transportation ................................................................................................ 53
During the 2003-04 academic year, the Association will sponsor 88
national championships, of which 41 are for men, 44 are for women,
and three are for both men and women. Among the men’s champi-
onships, three are National Collegiate Championships, 13 are Division I
championships, 12 are Division II championships and 13 are Division
III championships. Among the women’s championships, five are
National Collegiate Championships, 12 are Division I championships,
13 are Division II championships and 14 are Division III champi-
onships. The combined men’s and women’s championships are
National Collegiate Championships.
A championships handbook is produced for each NCAA champi-
onship and posted on the NCAA Online Web site (www.ncaa.org).
How to Use This Publication. The handbook is divided into four sec-
tions: (1) General Administration; (2) Determination of Competing
Institutions; (3) Instructions to Participants; and (4) General
Championship Information. The first three sections pertain only to the
respective sport, while the fourth deals with NCAA policies applicable
to all 88 championships. [Note: Some policies listed in the general sec-
tion have been revised by individual sports committees. The
revision(s) will appear in the sport-specific section of the handbook.]
Each topic included in the handbook is referenced to other applicable
areas in the handbook or in the NCAA Manuals, where appropriate.
For example, if you wish to know about regional advisory committees,
the basic information for that particular sport would be included in an
appendix. However, as referenced under the heading “Regional
Advisory Committees,” more information concerning general NCAA
policy governing regional advisory committees can be found later in the
handbook and in the NCAA Manuals.
The primary mission of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball
Committee is to administer a national championship composed of
teams representing institutions of higher education played in a whole-
some environment that exemplifies the amateur spirit of intercollegiate
athletics and diversity. Consistent with this mission, it also shall be the
responsibility of the committee to monitor and take action as appropri-
ate regarding selected issues affecting college basketball, and to maxi-
mize exposure and revenue from the championship through policies
and activities coordinated and approved by the committee, subject to
the final authority of the NCAA Division I Championships/
The committee’s mission shall be implemented through the following
administrative and management policies:
• Ensuring that the primary focus of the championship shall be
placed on the participating institutions, their student-athletes,
coaches, administrators, alumni and fans;
• Assuring that the participating student-athletes, coaches, game
officials and other institutional representatives exhibit sportsman-
like conduct and adhere to the highest standards at all times dur-
ing the tournament;
• Creating a nationally balanced bracket that often may require
teams to travel outside their natural regions to compete;
• Identifying the specific roles and responsibilities of the host institu-
tions/conferences and the committee through operations manu-
als, bid guidelines and other direct communications;
• Standardizing administrative procedures for all game manage-
ment, media, entertainment, hospitality and marketing activities;
• Administering an equitable and progressive media-relations pro-
gram that includes domestic and international coverage of the
championship through newspapers, magazines, Internet, radio
and television networks that broadens its appeal to a variety of
• Ensuring that commercial activities do not detract from the whole-
some environment of the championship;
• Controlling through the protection guaranteed by legal procedures
and local city ordinances both the registered marks of the
Association and the official logo of the championship to eliminate
• Enhancing the championship through long-range planning;
• Educating participants, coaches, staff and the public to the dam-
aging effects of gambling in order to safeguard the integrity of the
• Maintaining fiscal responsibility by maximizing revenue sources
and controlling expenses in order to realize the greatest possible
return to the NCAA membership while not compromising the mis-
sion of the committee, and
• Monitoring the championship-related activities of all “external”
entities to ensure that the principles herein are not imperiled.
Thursday, January 29—First coaches’ regional advisory committee poll
due in national office.
Friday, February 20—Deadline for Division I conferences to submit nomi-
nations for game officials for the championship.
Monday, March 1—Pre-championship mailing sent to institutions that
qualify automatically and those under consideration for at-large selec-
Friday, March 5—Second coaches’ regional advisory committee poll due.
Friday, March 12—Institutions must notify the NCAA national office of any
student-athletes who are ineligible or unavailable for the championship.
Institutions also must notify the national office if they do not plan to par-
ticipate in the tournament if selected.
Thursday-Sunday, March 11-14—Division I Men’s Basketball Committee
selects at-large teams and assigns teams to bracket.
Sunday, March 14—Announcement of tournament bracket.
Tuesday, March 16—Opening-round game.
Thursday-Friday, March 18-19—First-round games.
Saturday-Sunday, March 20-21—Second-round games.
Thursday-Friday, March 25-26—Regional semifinals.
Saturday-Sunday, March 27-28—Regional finals.
Saturday, April 3—National semifinals.
Monday, April 5—National championship.
Dates and Sites
[Reference: Appendixes F and G (pages 74 and 78) in this handbook and
Bylaw 31.1.3 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
Determination of Dates and Sites. Invitations or bids to conduct tour-
nament sessions are considered by the basketball committee.
An institution or conference interested in hosting a tournament ses-
sion is required to submit to the committee a list of hotel accommoda-
tions for participants; summary of air and local ground transportation;
size and quality of facility; a proposed budget and additional informa-
tion. Full procedures for making such an application are available from
the NCAA vice-president of Division I men’s basketball.
Any session may be conducted in an off-campus facility, if it is hosted
by a member institution or a conference.
Any institution that desires to host any session of the tournament
must agree that its key administrative personnel will be available to
conduct the tournament.
The formula for determining championship dates follows:
Opening Round—Tuesday before first-round games.
First/Second Rounds—Thursday through Sunday before regionals.
Regionals—Thursday through Sunday before the Final Four.
Final Four—Saturday and Monday after the first Sunday in April.
[Reference: Administration and Management (page 42) in this handbook, and
Bylaws 31.1.1 and 31.1.2 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship is under the
control, direction and supervision of the NCAA Division I Men’s
Basketball Committee. Current members of the committee are:
Bob Bowlsby, University of Iowa, chair
Karl Benson, Western Athletic Conference
Floyd Kerr, Southern University, Baton Rouge
Jon LeCrone, Horizon League
Jim Livengood, University of Arizona
Craig Littlepage, University of Virginia
Les Robinson, The Citadel
Judy Rose, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Gary Walters, Princeton University
Gerald Myers, Texas Tech University
Administrative assistance is provided to the committee by Tom The opening-round, first-/second-round and regional tournament
Jernstedt, NCAA executive vice-president and Greg Shaheen, vice-pres- managers are the directors of athletics or commissioners of the host
ident of Division I men’s basketball. institutions or conferences, or their appointed representatives, and they
Representatives of the basketball committee will attend each open- shall review all tournament details with members of the Division I
ing-round, first-/second-round and regional session to assist the tour- Men’s Basketball Committee.
nament manager with administration. The tentative 2004 assignments Annual Forms
Opening Round (March 16) Expense Reimbursement Form. Expense forms with instructions will
Dayton, Ohio — Bob Bowlsby be available on the NCAA Web site (www.ncaa.org/sportsfront.html).
First/Second Rounds (March 18 and 20) Directors of athletics of competing institutions who are unable to
Buffalo, New York – Gary Walters access the forms on the Web site may contact Joyce Collins or Juanita
Denver, Colorado – Jim Livengood Sheely at the NCAA travel department (phone: 317/917-6757; e-mail:
Raleigh, North Carolina – Les Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive hard copies.
Seattle, Washington – Karl Benson Completed forms must be received at the NCAA national office with-
First/Second Rounds (March 19 and 21) in 30 days of the final day of competition.
Columbus, Ohio – Craig Littlepage Teams and/or individuals should provide themselves sufficient
Kansas City, Missouri – Gerald Myers
money to meet all expenses throughout the tournament, including
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Jon LeCrone
ground transportation, lodging and meal expenses, and other miscella-
Orlando, Florida - Judy Rose and Floyd Kerr
Regionals (March 25 and 27)
East Rutherford, New Jersey – Craig Littlepage and Gary Walters [Reference: Official Traveling Party (page 27), Per Diem (page 29) and
Phoenix, Arizona – Karl Benson, Jim Livengood and Gerald Myers Transportation (page 53) in this handbook, and Bylaw 31.4.6 in the NCAA
Regionals (March 26 and 28) Division I Manual.]
Atlanta, Georgia – Floyd Kerr and Les Robinson
St. Louis, Missouri – Jon LeCrone and Judy Rose Proposed Budget and Financial Report Form. The NCAA will send
For additional information about the Division I Men’s Basketball the appropriate forms to prospective hosts before sites are selected.
Championship, contact: Each tournament host must submit a financial report, including pay-
ment of the amount due the NCAA, no later than 60 days after the
Bob Bowlsby conclusion of the competition at the site. The Division I Men’s
Chair, Division I Men’s Basketball Committee Basketball Committee may assess a $1,000 fine for each day a host
Tom Jernstedt institution/conference fails to submit its financial report after this
Executive Vice-President deadline. The basketball committee has the authority to waive this
Greg Shaheen provision based on extenuating circumstances.
Vice-President of Division I Men’s Basketball and Championship
Strategies [Reference: Bylaw 31.4 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
Jeanne Boyd Automatic-Qualification Application Form. Applications for automatic
Director of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship qualification are available to each NCAA member conference on the
L.J. Wright NCAA Web site:
Director of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/champadmin/basketball/index.html
Tammy Lee These applications must be completed by the date specified on the
Assistant Coordinator for the Division I Men’s Basketball application.
Bill Hancock [Reference: Bylaws 31.3.4 and 31.3.5 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
Consultant to the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
[See Appendix B (page ) for contact information for the NCAA staff.]
America East Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Sun Conference
Determination of Competing Atlantic 10 Conference
Big East Conference
Institutions Big Sky Conference
Big South Conference
Championship Structure Big Ten Conference
The tournament bracket will include 65 teams. Two teams will play Big 12 Conference
in an opening-round game. Sixty-four teams will play in the first round. Big West Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
The 16 second-round winners qualify for regional competition and Conference USA
the regional champions advance to the Final Four. Horizon League
The bracket, dates and sites are found in Appendixes A and F, pages Ivy Group
55 and 73. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Mid-American Athletic Conference
Championship Selection Mid-Continent Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
[Reference: Bylaws 31.01.2 , 31.01.3, 31.01.4 and 31.3 in the NCAA Division Missouri Valley Conference
I Manual and Appendix E (page 66) in this handbook.] Mountain West Conference
Selection of at-large teams is made by the Division I Men’s Basketball Northeast Conference
Committee, which receives reports from coaches regional advisory Ohio Valley Conference
committees. The specific duties of the regional advisory committees are Pacific-10 Conference
identified in Appendix D, page 64. The brackets will be announced the Patriot League
Sunday before the opening round. Southeastern Conference
It is the intention of the committee to select the best at-large teams in Southland Conference
the nation, regardless of geographical location. There is no limit to the Southwestern Athletic Conference
number of teams the basketball committee may select from one confer- Sun Belt Conference
ence. West Coast Conference
The committee will follow Bylaw 31.3.3 when selecting at-large Western Athletic Conference
Committee members will not be able to notify institutions of their
placement in the bracket. Institutions are encouraged to watch CBS
Sports’ televised announcement of the bracket at 6 p.m. (Eastern time)
Sunday, March 14.
[Reference: Bylaws 31.3.4 and 31.3.5 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
The 2004 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship bracket provides
for a field of 65 teams, 31 of which automatically qualify as conference
champions. An opening-round game will be conducted in 2004 because
more than 30 Division I conferences are eligible for automatic qualifica-
tion. Conferences that will automatically qualify for the 2004 champi-
uals who are not students at the institution. An institution may use an
“outside” band that includes any prospective student-athlete (i.e., any
individual who has started ninth grade, or older) only if the band is
Instructions to Participants located within 150 miles of the competition site. Further, a student who
has not yet started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective
student-athlete if the institution provides the individual (or the individ-
All-Tournament Team ual’s relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that
At each of the four regional sites, media representatives selected by the institution does not generally provide to prospective students.
the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) will select a If participating institutions do not want to use their allotted time to
five-person all-tournament team, including the most outstanding play- perform at halftime, it is permissible for a host institution’s band, dance
er. The team will be announced immediately after the final game at team or spirit squad to perform. If the host exercises this option, it must
each site. All-tournament teams will not be selected at the other rounds. purchase game tickets to admit members of such entities.
Arrival Bands will be seated in rows designated by the tournament manager,
Each participating team must be at the competition venue no later and will be admitted to the facility via a pass-gate list provided to the
than its first mandatory practice time or its first scheduled news confer- tournament manager by the athletics director at the pre-tournament
ence. meeting. The band director will be issued an all-access credential.
Electronic musical instruments and amplifiers are prohibited except
Awards permitted amplifiers provided by domed facilities. Bands, or any com-
[Reference: Awards (page 44) in this handbook and Bylaw 31.1.12 in the ponent thereof, are not allowed to play while a contest is in progress,
NCAA Division I Manual.] but may play during timeouts. Bands will be permitted to perform dur-
ing practices only on “Final Four Friday.” At all sites, bands and cheer-
Each institution participating in the championship will receive 26
individual participant awards. The NCAA will ship all individual leaders are not allowed to perform pep rallies in parking lots or walk-
awards to the athletics directors of participating teams after their team’s ways around the outside of the facility. Band members must wear the
elimination from competition. The basketball committee will present institutional band uniform that may bear only a single manufacturer’s
the NCAA championship trophy to the national champion after the or distributor’s label or trademark not to exceed 2.25 square inches in
championship game. The other three teams participating in the Final area. Songs affiliated with any professional sports team or commercial
Four will be presented a participant trophy after their elimination from product are prohibited.
the competition. Bands are obligated to perform at selected functions at the Final Four.
The NCAA will provide official NCAA “celebration apparel” (i.e., The NCAA will provide a schedule of those functions the week of the
caps and T-shirts) to each regional champion and to the national cham- event.
pion. These items are to be worn during the postgame celebrations. No
other special “celebration apparel” will be allowed.
The Wilson Solution B-0700R basketball will be used. The manufac-
Backboards and Baskets turer will send the balls directly to the tournament managers.
Each backboard shall have a breakaway rim and a red indicator light Each tournament manager will receive 24 imprinted balls and will
that illuminates when the game clock sounding device signals the end give one ball to each team at the conclusion of the team’s participation
of the first half, the second half and any extra period. (Note: As an at a site.
alternative to the red lights, the use of LED lights behind the backboard
is permitted.) The captains of the participating teams will meet before the begin-
ning of each game and agree on which Wilson basketball will be used
Bands as the game ball.
[Reference: National Anthem (page 21) in this handbook.] Checklist for Participating Institutions
At all tournament sessions, bands in attendance will be limited to 30 Appendix H, page 81, is a checklist that participating institutions
members, including one conductor. Only if it does not have a band of should review before and during the championship.
its own may a participating institution use a band composed of individ-
Cheerleaders, Mascots and Banners mercial products. All cheerleading squads shall conform to the guide-
lines set forth by the American Association of Cheerleader Coaches and
Cheerleaders and/or dance-team members, not to exceed 12 in num-
Advisors (AACCA). Neither the NCAA nor the host institution/confer-
ber, plus the costumed mascot, will be admitted via a pass-gate list pro-
ence, nor the facility, will be responsible for supervising or monitoring
vided to the tournament manager by each athletics director at the pre-
routines performed by cheerleaders at championship events. Except as
tournament meeting. The cheerleading coach will be issued an all-
noted in this section, supervision of cheerleading squads, their activi-
ties, yells and stunts are the sole responsibility of the participating insti-
During their team’s participation, a maximum of 12 cheerleaders tution. The participating institution shall ensure that the squad has suf-
and/or dance-team members, plus a mascot, will be allowed on the ficient training, supervision and equipment for any and all routines its
floor when the clock is stopped. Additional members may be allowed squad may choose to perform. Tournament managers must inform par-
to perform before the game and at halftime only; these additional indi- ticipating institutions if the host facility has more stringent require-
viduals must purchase a ticket and be seated in the stands. The cheer- ments. If so, the director of athletics at each institution must apprise his
leading coach will be provided a seat in the participating band seating or her cheerleading squad of such requirements and ensure their com-
area and will not be allowed on the floor area when games are in pliance.
progress or during timeouts.
Only if it does not have cheerleaders of its own may a participating
The 12 cheerleaders and mascot will be located in an area at the end institution use cheerleaders composed of individuals who are not stu-
of the playing court designated by the tournament manager. The cheer- dents at the institution. An institution may use an “outside” group of
leaders and mascot are allowed in this designated area only when their cheerleaders that includes any prospective student-athlete (i.e., any
institution is participating. Cheerleaders and mascots who wish to individual who has started ninth grade, or older) only if the cheerlead-
watch the other game in their school’s session may sit in the non-play- ers are located within 150 miles of the competition site. Further, a stu-
ing participant section. dent who has not yet started classes for the ninth grade becomes a
During pregame player introductions, cheerleaders and/or dance- prospective student-athlete if the institution provides the individual (or
team members will be restricted to the area between the end line and the individual’s relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other
free-throw line extended on the end of the playing floor where their benefits that the institution does not generally provide to prospective
team’s bench is located. students.
Cheerleaders and mascots will alternate performances at timeouts. No banners other than those of the NCAA, CBS Sports and the
They shall depart the floor when the first horn sounds at the conclusion NCAA Radio Network may be posted at any session of the champi-
of a timeout. They shall not perform on the floor during 30-second time- onship. An institution’s flag(s) may be displayed or waved on the court
outs but may perform during 60-second timeouts. It is not permissible only during pregame and halftime activities.
for cheerleaders and/or mascots to converse with or approach game
officials. Cheerleaders and mascots may not throw items (e.g., T-shirts, Commercial Involvement
souvenir basketballs) into the stands. Local sponsorship programs using the NCAA’s registered marks or
Cheerleaders are obligated to perform at selected functions at the involving any official tournament functions are prohibited.
Final Four. The NCAA will provide a schedule of those functions the The NCAA’s corporate champions and partners generally will acti-
week of the event. vate promotional activities that focus on the tournament, under the
In the event a squad uses recorded music as part of its performance, supervision of the NCAA staff.
the use of such music will be permitted only during halftime.
Megaphones may be used for voice amplification, but they shall not be Credentials Criteria for Domestic Media Agencies
used as a noise distraction. This includes pounding them on the floor or (See Appendix I.)
striking them with the hands or other objects or waving them in any
way. Drug Testing
The logo restriction on student-athlete apparel as set forth in Bylaw [Reference: Drug Testing in the Division l General Section and Bylaws
12.5.4 will apply to commercial logos on uniforms worn by cheerlead- 188.8.131.52 and 31.2.3 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
ers, dance-team members and mascots. These groups shall not perform Student-athletes who compete in this championship may be subject-
routines that are affiliated with any professional sports teams or com- ed to drug tests in accordance with Bylaws 184.108.40.206 and 31.2.3, and may
be determined to be ineligible as a result thereof. Only student-athletes night minimum (practice night and the night of the first competition at
who have consented in writing to such testing are initially eligible for the site.) If it does not notify the hotel otherwise by 5 p.m. Tuesday
this championship; and thereafter, student-athletes who are tested shall (Monday for opening round) before competition, the participating insti-
remain eligible only if they test negative. tution will be financially responsible for the first two nights’ “contin-
gency” rooms as well. Each participating institution shall forward a
Game Management Issues rooming list to the hotel by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before competition.
Deliberate conduct of a student-athlete, coach or other institutional The following rooms will be reserved for each team:
representative that interrupts the orderly progression of competition Opening-Round Site Room Block
would subject individuals and the institution to the penalties prescribed Night Before Game 50 rooms (25 guaranteed, 25 contin-
in Appendix J, page 87. gency)
Night of Game 50 rooms (25 guaranteed, 25 contin-
Game Staff gency)
For all sessions except the Final Four, the game staff will be provided First- and Second-Round Sites Room Block
by the host institution/conference and will include the following per- Night Before Practice 40 rooms (all contingency)
sonnel: official scorer, timer, 35-second clock operator, scoreboard oper- Night of Practice 75 rooms (50 guaranteed, 25 contin-
ator, public address announcer, statistics crew, locker room attendants, gency)
athletic trainer, tournament physician, practice coordinator and a maxi- Night of First Round 75 rooms (50 guaranteed, 25 contin-
mum of six ball boys/girls. The NCAA will provide the game staff for gency)
the Final Four. All game-management staff members must be familiar “Off” Night 75 rooms (all contingency)
with NCAA men’s basketball rules and must have worked at least five Night of Second Round 50 rooms (all contingency)
college games during the season. The public address announcer shall be (Saturday Eastern time zone sites)
familiar with and adhere to the guidelines developed by the Division I Night of Second Round 30 rooms (all contingency)
Men’s Basketball Committee. Promotional messages and/or public (all other Saturday sites)
address announcements shall be limited to NCAA activities (e.g., cham- Night of Second Round None
pionships, Youth Education through Sports clinics). (all Sunday sites)
Regional Sites Room Block
Halftime Night Before Practice 40 rooms (all contingency)
There will be a 15-minute intermission between halves, except during Night of Practice 100 rooms (75 guaranteed, 25 contin-
the regional finals, national semifinals and national championship gency)
games, when halftime will be 20 minutes. Night of Semifinals 100 rooms (75 guaranteed, 25 contin-
Only the participating institutions’ representatives may perform at
“Off” Night 100 rooms (all contingency)
halftime. Each institution may occupy the floor for a maximum of four Night of Finals 50 rooms (all contingency)
minutes. (Saturday Eastern time zone sites)
Hospital Night of Finals 30 rooms (all contingency)
(all other Saturday sites)
A hospital will be selected by each host institution/conference and Night of Finals (all Sunday sites) None
identified to the participants. It is preferable that separate properties be reserved for each team. If
Licensing this is not possible, the host will assign as many institutions to the most
desirable hotels as necessary. Prospective opponents at the site will not
[See Appendix K.] be assigned to the same hotel.
Lodging For Participants For the Final Four, the institutions will be financially responsible for
500 rooms for four nights beginning the Friday before the national
The host will make reservations and secure special rates at hotels semifinals. Institutions are strongly encouraged to allocate tickets with
located not more than 20 miles from the competition site. The institu- rooms in a manner to assure all hotel rooms in the block are used.
tions will be financially responsible for all guaranteed rooms for a two-
At all sites, the hotels will offer a special rate for 40 of the rooms. It is
the intent of the basketball committee that these rooms be used for the Merchandising
participants and members of each student-athlete’s immediate family.
(See Appendix L)
A participating institution may be released from all or a portion of its
room obligation only if it obtains a written release from the hotel man- Microphones
ager before 5 p.m. on open practice day. The hotel is under no obliga- The placement of microphones on a coach or in team huddles and
tion to provide this release. Before relocating, the institution must file a bench areas for television, radio or motion-picture purposes is prohibit-
copy of the written release with the tournament manager and must also ed in all NCAA championships.
forward a copy to the NCAA. Unless approved by the NCAA in
advance, an institution is precluded from relocating to a hotel where Mini-Camera Policies
another institution or the game officials have been assigned. Any (See Appendix M.)
unpaid charges for hotel rooms will be deducted from the institution’s
share of tournament receipts. National Anthem
The host will distribute detailed hotel information to all participants, The higher-seeded team’s band will play the national anthem before
who should contact the hotels directly by midnight the Tuesday before the first game of each session of the championship. Vocalists are not
competition to confirm the arrangements and provide any special permitted. The basketball committee expects the coaches and student-
instructions. athletes who are competing in that game to remain on the court during
A participating institution may remain on campus rather than at the the playing of the national anthem.
hotel. In any case, the institution is financially responsible for the rooms News Conferences and Postgame Interviews
as noted in this section.
All coaches and student-athletes shall be available for all news confer-
At preliminary-round sites, each hotel will reserve two rooms for ences and interviews. See Appendix N, (page 100), for the schedule of
team meals and team meetings. At the Final Four, the “team headquar- events.
ters” hotels will reserve the two meeting rooms and also one large room
for alumni functions. Throughout the championship, news conferences are scheduled to
provide the media with tournament information required for thorough
Mandatory Meetings coverage and to limit the time demands placed upon the coaches and
[Reference: Bylaws 31.02.3 and 31.1.10 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
On the day before the opening round, first rounds, second rounds,
The director of athletics and/or his or her designated representative regional semifinals and national semifinals, each head coach and a min-
and the sports information director of each participating institution imum of two first-team players are required to participate.
shall attend the pre-tournament meeting on the day before the opening-
round game, first-round games, regional semifinals and national semifi- On the day before the regional final and national championship, each
head coach and each of the five starters representing the teams advanc-
nals. The head coach shall attend the pre-tournament meeting before
ing to the championship game are required to participate.
the opening round and the first round. The head coach, a full-time assis-
tant coach or the director of basketball operations shall attend the Postgame Interviews. All coaches and student-athletes shall be avail-
pre-tournament meeting before the regional semifinals and national able for interviews.
semifinals. 1. Pregame Designation. Before each game, the coach shall des-
ignate a minimum of two starters to report to the interview area
Additionally, the director of athletics and/or his or her designated
immediately after the cooling-off period ends. The media coordi-
representative and the sports information director shall attend the tran-
nator will distribute the names of these individuals to the media
sition meeting on the day before the second-round games, regional
before the end of the game. The media coordinator may also
finals and national championship game. require that a non-designated student-athlete join or replace the
Mementos designated student-athletes in the interview room, should the
non-designated student-athlete’s performance merit.
Other than those provided by the NCAA, mementos will not be 2. CBS Sports, Radio Rights-Holders’ Interviews. If requested,
distributed to participants, coaches, media and officials by the host. both coaches and the winning team’s student-athletes shall grant
postgame interviews (not to exceed four minutes) to CBS and the
NCAA Radio Network, provided the network is still providing live 7. Procedure. The coach shall accompany the student-athletes to
coverage from the facility. Neither network shall inordinately the news conference. The moderator will ensure that the following
delay the coaches’ return to the locker rooms. If the networks are format will be followed:
not prepared to conduct live interviews immediately, it will be nec- (a) An opening statement from the head coach;
essary for the interviews to be taped. The interview with the los- (b) Questions to the student-athletes;
ing coach will be conducted off the court near the team’s locker (c) Dismiss the student-athletes when there are no more
room. questions, and
A participating institution’s radio rights-holder may interview a (d) Additional questions to the head coach.
coach or student-athlete who is not being interviewed by CBS or Locker Rooms
the NCAA Radio Network; the interview may not exceed four
minutes. 1. Practice Day. On practice days, any of each team’s top seven
3. Cooling-Off Period. A “cooling-off period” has been set aside for student-athletes who are not in the interview room and any others
a coach to be with the student-athletes in the locker room after requested by the media shall be available to the media in the
the game. The period begins when the coach enters the locker locker room area during the time the coach and selected student-
room immediately after the game or interview with CBS or the athletes are participating in the news conference. A representa-
NCAA Radio Network. The period will be five minutes for the win- tive of each institution’s sports information staff shall be in the
ning team (plus an additional five minutes for student-athletes to area and shall coordinate these interview requests.
shower before the locker room is open to the media) and 15 min- 2. Game Days. The locker rooms will be open to the media for a
utes for the losing team. A coach may shorten the cooling-off minimum of 30 minutes after the cooling-off period ends, provided
period, but may not extend it. that media representatives are present the entire time. Student-
4. Order of Appearance. With two exceptions, the winning coach athletes who do not play in the game and student-athletes select-
and student-athletes will be scheduled in the interview room ed for drug testing may depart earlier.
before the losing coach and student-athletes. After the regional 3. The head coach has the option to allow representatives of CBS
Sports into the locker room before the game and during the cool-
final and national championship game, the losing coach and stu-
ing-off period after the game. These representatives must leave
dent-athletes will be scheduled first. After the last game of a first-
the locker room after the cooling-off period if the NCAA sports sci-
round evening session, representatives from the losing team will
ences staff must notify student-athletes that they will participate in
have the option to participate in postgame interviews in their lock-
er room rather than in the interview room.
5. Obligation of Coach. Regardless of any personal regular-sea- Obligations of the Head Coach
son radio or television contracts, the coach is first obligated to the
Each head coach of an institution participating in the tournament
entire media staffing the tournament and must report to the inter-
must fulfill the following obligations that have been established by the
view room immediately after the cooling-off period. After fulfilling
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee:
this commitment to the media staffing the tournament, the coach
and student-athletes may participate in other interviews. The 1. All Rounds.
coach cannot delay a postgame interview with the covering A. General.
media to conduct an interview with a single newspaper, radio or • Wear the credential pin to practices and games.
television reporter unless requested to grant the short interview • Participate in scheduled news conferences the day before the first
noted herein with CBS or the NCAA Radio Network. round, regional semifinals and national semifinals. A member of
6. “Selected Media” Policy. Except for CBS as noted under “lock- the sports information staff should escort the coach to each news
er rooms” herein, no interviews may take place during the cool- conference.
• Ensure that the student-athletes who represent their team partici-
ing-off period. Should a coach permit one media representative
pate in scheduled news conferences. A member of the sports
to enter the locker room before the cooling-off period has
information staff should escort the student-athletes to each con-
expired, the locker room will be open to all other media represen-
ference. CBS will contact a participating team’s sports informa-
tatives desiring access to the area.
tion director before arrival at a site should the network desire to
interview the student-athlete(s) on practice day.
• Participate in scheduled postgame news conferences and ensure
that the locker room is open to the media after the designated C. NCAA Radio Network.
cooling-off period. The team advancing to the next round shall • If requested, grant interviews with the NCAA Radio Network dur-
open its locker room not later than 10 minutes after the coach ing halftime of the other game in the session in which the team is
enters it. The other locker room opens 15 minutes after the not participating or between games if the postgame news confer-
coach enters it. The coach and a minimum of two starters repre- ence obligations have been fulfilled. A coach is not required to
senting the team advancing to the next round will participate in a participate in a Game No. 1 halftime or postgame interview if the
news conference in the designated interview room immediately team that he represents is participating in Game No. 2 of the ses-
after the locker room is open. sion.
• Personally attend the pre-tournament meeting on the day before • If requested, provide an interview to the NCAA Radio Network
the first-round games. after all contests. In most instances, the radio network will inter-
• Either personally attend or require a full-time assistant coach or view a student-athlete while the coach is being interviewed by
director of basketball operations to attend the pre-tournament CBS.
meeting on the day before the regional and national semifinal 2. Before Arrival at the Final Four Site.
games. A. General.
• Refrain from any act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, • Monday-Tuesday. The head coach and a minimum of two
unprofessional behavior or breach of law occurring incident to, en starters shall participate in a one-hour, mid-day news conference
route to, from or at the locale of the competition or practice that scheduled by the participating institution on campus on the
discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics, which constitutes Monday and/or Tuesday preceding the national semifinals.
misconduct. • Wednesday. The head coach of each participating team shall
• Wear the credential pin provided at the team entrance gate at all participate in a mid-day telephone conference scheduled by the
times in the facility. basketball committee. The NCAA will confirm the telephone num-
B. CBS Sports. ber from which the coach will participate with the institution on
• If requested, grant an interview to CBS upon the team’s arrival on Monday. This schedule will be followed:
game days. The coach may permit CBS to interview student-ath- 1-1:15 p.m. .....................Coach of Game 1, Team A (alphabetically)
letes at this time. 1:15-1:30 p.m. .................Coach of Game 1, Team B (alphabetically)
• The coach will have the option of participating in a halftime inter- 1:30-1:45 p.m. .................Coach of Game 2, Team A (alphabetically)
view with CBS. The following procedures will be used: CBS will 1:45-2 p.m. ......................Coach of Game 2, Team B (alphabetically)
interview the coach of the leading team going off the floor at the B. CBS Sports.
start of the halftime period and will interview the other coach when • If requested, the coaching staff and student-athletes shall partici-
the teams return to the floor at the end of the halftime break. If pate in interviews with CBS Sports on campus the Monday,
the game is tied, the coach of the higher-seeded team will be Tuesday and Wednesday preceding the Final Four.
interviewed first. • It is the option of the coach to permit a CBS video crew to fly on
• Participate in news conferences and interviews with CBS Sports the team charter or commercial flight to the Final Four city.
at the facility the day before the second round, regional finals and 3. Thursday. Join the other three head coaches that evening at the
national championship. Final Four Salute Presentation. Each head coach will respond to gener-
• If requested, grant interviews to CBS Sports after all contests. al questions from a moderator.
• If requested, grant interviews with CBS Sports during halftime of 4. Friday. Participate in the scheduled news conferences at the facility
the other game in the session in which the team is not participat- between 1 and 3 p.m. Each head coach and a minimum of two starters
ing or between games if the postgame news conference obliga- shall be available to the media in the interview room. The locker room
tions have been fulfilled. A coach is not required to participate in will be open to the media during the time that the coaches and student-
a Game No. 1 halftime or postgame interview if the team that he athletes are in the interview room. (Please refer to the schedule of
represents is participating in Game No. 2 of the session. events.)
• Make special coverage opportunities available to CBS Sports, if
A. CBS Sports.
any special media arrangements are made with a single televi-
• Participate in interviews with CBS in conjunction with the news
sion station or a network or cable entity.
• Participate in a joint CBS interview with the head coach of the
semifinal opponent. This interview will take place between the A. CBS Sports.
scheduled news conferences. • If requested, grant an interview to CBS Sports at a mutually deter-
• Require student-athletes to participate in a CBS interview in mined time and place.
conjunction with the news conference. • At the option of the head coach, permit CBS Sports to video the
B. NCAA Radio Network. Participate in an interview with the NCAA following selected portions of the team’s daily routine and activi-
Radio Network in conjunction with the news conference. ties: selected portion of team meeting; selected portion of coach-
C. NCAA Productions. Participate in an interview with NCAA es meeting; players at the team hotel; team meal and bus ride to
Productions in conjunction with the news conference. game.
D. NCAA Sports-Wagering Awareness Seminar. Attend the sports- B. NCAA Productions. If requested, participate in an extensive inter-
wagering awareness seminar at the facility. Assistant coaches view with NCAA Productions after all other media obligations
must also attend. have been fulfilled after the championship game.
5. Saturday. Participate in the scheduled postgame news conferences.
6. Sunday. Official Traveling Party
A. News Conferences. The head coach and each of the five [Reference: Per Diem (page 29) and Transportation (page 52) in this hand-
starters, and any other student-athlete(s) identified by the tourna- book.]
ment media coordinator are required to participate in a mid-day Transportation expenses and a per diem of $150 will be provided for
news conference. an official traveling party of 75 persons for preliminary-round sessions.
B. CBS Sports. For the Final Four, transportation expenses and a per diem of $187.50
• Be available, along with student-athletes, for exclusive inter- will be provided for an official traveling party of 100 persons.
views with CBS for not more than 30 minutes immediately
before or after practice at a site mutually determined by the If personal cars, rental cars or institutional vehicles are used for
coach and CBS. The obligation is limited to 30 minutes, but ground transportation outside the metropolitan areas of the competing
can be extended at the discretion of the coach. teams and sites, reimbursement will be made at a rate of 32 cents per
• Meet with the talent, producer and director to develop back- mile (round trip) for a maximum of five cars.
ground material that will enhance the quality of the next day’s Officials
• Participate in a joint interview with the other head coach (See Appendix O of this handbook.)
advancing to the championship game between the two sched- Participants Admission to Facility
uled afternoon news conferences.
• Be available, along with student-athletes, for interviews with All-access credentials will be issued to the following administrative
CBS in conjunction with the news conferences. staff members from the participating institutions: one for the director of
• At the head coach’s option, permit CBS Sports to video the fol- athletics; a maximum of three for the sports information staff members;
lowing selected portions of the team’s daily routine and activi- four for administrators, including will-call and player-guest staff; one
ties: team breakfast/meal; bus ride to practice; behind the for the cheerleading coach; one for the band director and one for the
scenes at the news conference; team and coaches meeting; team’s official scorer if not a member of the sports information staff.
players relaxing at the team hotel with family and friends; team Additionally, the host will issue temporary-access credentials to a
meal; alumni group party and any team group outing. maximum of nine (21 to the winners of the regional championship and
C. NCAA Radio Network. If requested, participate in an interview the national championship games) full-time representatives of each par-
with the NCAA Radio Network in conjunction with the news con- ticipating institution (e.g., president, faculty representative) or others
ference. designated by the chief executive officer. The temporary-access creden-
D. NCAA Productions. If requested, participate in an interview with tial does not grant gate admittance but provides access to the media
NCAA Productions in conjunction with the news conference. areas and locker rooms before and after games.
7. Monday. Participate in the scheduled postgame news conferences. These policies govern admission of the official traveling parties:
The coach and players representing the second-place team will appear Each day of practice and competition, only those individuals on the
first in the postgame interview room after a 15-minute cooling-off period. institution’s pass-gate list will be admitted. The pass-gate list will
The winning coach and players will appear after a 10-minute cooling-off include a maximum of 35 individuals for practice days and 22 individu-
period following the trophy presentation on the court. als for game days. Institutions must send the pass-gate list to the tour-
nament manager by facsimile or e-mail before the open practiced day. Credential pins may be worn only by individuals who are on the
Teams may revise the pass-gate list each day and present the changes at team’s 22-person pass-gate list. They are not transferable.
the team entrance area. Only a full-time coach or administrator may
make changes to the list.
[Reference: Official Traveling Party (page 35) and Transportation (page 69)
Should an institution list a person normally identified as a media rep-
in this handbook.]
resentative on the team pass-gate list, the facility will be open to all
media once that individual enters. A per diem allowance is guaranteed for all National Collegiate,
Division I, Division II and Division III championships. Exceptions to
This pass-gate list will be used for all practices and games at the site. this policy may be approved by the Division I Championships/
Persons on the list can enter the facility any time on practice or game Competition Cabinet.
days. Once inside the facility, participants will be issued a credential or
wristband, which must be worn for access to courtside, media areas and Per diem allowances will be paid or pro-rated on the following basis:
other secured locations. The pin must be worn on the lapel. 1. One for the day before the first day of the championship, provided
travel occurred on or before that day.
Practice-Day Admittance: At the gate on both practice days, each of 2. One for the day of competition.
the 35 individuals on the team’s pass-gate list will be admitted to the 3. One for each day between days of competition.
facility and must be issued a credential pin. This pin must be worn for 4. One-half for the day of departure from the site, provided the team
admission to the courtside and locker-room areas. did not compete on that day.
Game-Day Practice Admittance: At the gate, the non-student-athletes 5. If approved in advance by the NCAA finance group, member insti-
among the 35 individuals on the team’s pass-gate list will be issued a tutions may be provided additional per diem due to transportation
wristband that will be good for courtside admittance for the team’s circumstances that would otherwise prevent teams from arriving
practice only. at the site of competition in time to meet administrative require-
Game Admittance: At the gate, each of the 22 individuals on the ments of the championship (e.g., practice, pre-tournament meet-
team’s pass-gate list will be admitted to the facility and escorted to the ings or news conferences).
locker room. Credential pins will be issued to coaches and other 6. If approved in advance by the NCAA finance group, institutions
administrative personnel and must be worn for admittance to the may be provided additional per diem to travel from one prelimi-
bench area, locker rooms, media areas (including scouting seats) and nary-round site to the next site, rather than returning to campus
the non-playing participant seating area. between rounds.
7. If a host institution’s on-campus dining and residence facilities are
Participants in Game No. 1 of a session: For student-athletes, no cre- open and available to student-athletes, the host institution will
dential is necessary for first-game courtside admittance. The game uni- receive one-half day’s per diem for each day the institution com-
form or warm-up will suffice. After the game, all student-athletes petes. If the host institution’s campus dining and residence facili-
should be issued a credential pin. The pin is required for access to the ties are closed, the institution will receive the full per diem for
non-playing participant seating area. each day the institution competes and each day between compe-
Participants in Game No. 2 of a session: At the gate, any of the 22 titions. This policy will also apply to competing institutions located
individuals who wish to watch the first game must be issued a creden- in the same metropolitan area as the championship site (i.e.,
tial pin and must wear it for admission to the non-playing participant those located within 25 miles of the site).
seating area. For student-athletes, no credential is necessary for sec- 8. Institutions that lose in the national semifinals will receive four
ond-game courtside access. The game uniform or warm-up will suf- days’ per diem.
fice. To be admitted to the courtside area for the second game, coaches 9. For a participating institution to receive full per diem and trans-
and other administrative personnel must wear a credential pin. portation expenses for the Division I Men’s Basketball
Championship, its traveling party must include 30 band members
Teams That Have Been Eliminated: The 22 individuals on the pass- (including one director), 12 cheerleaders and one mascot. If the
gate list of teams that have been eliminated may be admitted to traveling party does not include 30 band members (including one
remaining sessions of the championship at the site. They will be director), 12 cheerleaders and one mascot, the institution will
admitted via the pass-gate list. Once inside the facility, each of the 22 receive per diem and transportation expenses for the actual num-
individuals must be issued a credential pin and must wear it for access ber of band members, cheerleaders and mascot who attend.
to the non-playing participant seating area. Institutions will not receive per diem for “rented bands.”
Practice Print Photographers
Teams may practice at the competition site only on the day or (See Appendix P of this handbook, page 114)
evening before the first competition at the site, game days and the day
between games. (See Appendix N, page 99). Programs
The Division I Men’s Basketball Committee believes the practices on [Reference: Advertising (page 43) and Sports Information Directors (page 33)
the day before the initial competition at a tournament site provide a in this handbook and Bylaw 31.6.3 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
unique opportunity to promote college basketball. The committee Host Communications, Inc., will publish the championship pro-
encourages host institutions/conferences to arrange for the attendance grams. Questions regarding program production should be directed to
of school children and others who may not have an opportunity to pur- Brad Johnson at Host Communications (859/226-4536,
chase game tickets. brad.Johnson@hostcommunicatons.com) or Lisa Turner at the NCAA
The basketball committee requests that (1) each team report at the national office (317/917-6838).
start of its assigned practice time on the day before competition for
practice, (2) use at least 30 minutes of the time, and (3) student-athletes Prohibited Items
wear their correct jersey numbers during all open practices. Laser pointers, artificial noisemakers of any kind, megaphones used
Teams may also practice away from the competition site. for distraction, air horns, electronic instruments, inflatable noisemakers,
Tournament managers will provide teams with a list of sites for addi- etc., are prohibited. Facility staff will ask patrons to return items to their
tional practice, along with the name and telephone number of a contact vehicles.
person at each site. Teams shall make their own arrangements with the Promotional items (e.g., shakers, cups, flags) with commercial slogans
practice sites. The team will have the option of closing the practice to or identification are not allowed. Items such as newspapers, handbills,
the media. Teams must provide their own equipment (e.g., towels, bas- fliers, memorabilia, T-shirts, caps, etc., except merchandise sold by the
ketballs.) Practices at the competition site on the day before the open- NCAA or its agents, may not be distributed on the premises.
ing-round, first-round, regional semifinal and national semifinal games Large signs, flags or banners are not permissible. Items that can be
will be open free-of-charge to the public and credentialed individuals. held by one individual, reflect good sportsmanship and do not block
Except as noted below, all practices, other than those on the day the view of other ticket patrons may be permitted. No signs, flags or
before the first competition day, will be closed to the general public and banners of any size may be affixed to the facility.
all media. Ticketed patrons shall not bring video equipment into the facility on
Game-Day Exceptions. Representatives of CBS Sports, the rights- game days. Still cameras are permissible.
holding radio networks and still photo technicians from Sports The NCAA reserves the right to prohibit additional items at any time.
Illustrated, Associated Press and other agencies installing strobe lights,
will have access to the floor as soon as the backstage media work areas Public Statements Regarding Officiating
open to the media. Also, on first-round game day, practices in the [Reference: Misconduct (page 50) in this handbook.]
facility within two hours of tip-off are open to credentialed individu-
als, but no photography or interviews will be permitted. Members of the coaching staff or other representatives of participat-
Off-Day Exceptions. The basketball committee representative may
ing institutions or conferences shall not make public statements critical
determine, after consultation with the producers of CBS Sports and the of officiating in any NCAA competition. Failure to comply with this
NCAA Radio Network, whether a limited number of production tech- policy may subject the individual institution or conference to the mis-
nicians can be present during closed practice on the “off” day to per- conduct provisions of Bylaw 31.1.10.
form necessary services related to the presentation of the telecasts and Radio
broadcasts. No announcers or management personnel may be admit-
ted. (See Appendix Q of this handbook.)
Admission to Closed Practice. Closed practice is restricted to 35 indi- Rules of Play
viduals from the participating institution, the basketball committee
representative and the practice coordinator. No media representatives The current edition of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball
shall be included in the list of 35, nor shall any media representative Rules and Interpretations will be followed. If play is interrupted
have access to the playing floor during closed practice.
because of events beyond the control of the basketball committee, it will director shall participate in a meeting with the host media coor-
be continued from the point of interruption at a time determined by the dinator at 10 a.m. on the day of open practice. The Final Four
games committee. The games committee’s authority has been estab- meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The SID shall also
lished by the basketball committee in accordance with Rule 5-4 of the attend a pretournament or transition meeting on the day before
Men’s and Women’s Basketball Rules and Interpretations. each game.
B. The SID shall ensure that the head coach and student-athletes
Scouting Seats participate in all scheduled news conferences and that they
Hosts will reserve seats for participating team scouts in the courtside are available as required in the locker room area. The SID
media area. Only members of the basketball coaching staffs of the com- shall accompany participants to all news conferences; also, a
peting teams, who are wearing team pins, may occupy scouting seats. representative from the SID staff shall coordinate media activi-
No scouting seats will be reserved for any team participating at another ties in the locker room area.
site, nor for any team that has been eliminated from competition. C. When the team qualifies for the tournament, the SID shall
Tournament Round Scouting Seats Available send the following (by overnight service) to the NCAA’s game-
First Round, Afternoon Six seats (for the two teams program publisher, Host Communications, Inc., 904 North
Session, First Game playing in the second game) Broadway, Lexington, Kentucky 40505: media guide and post-
season guide (if available); roster including name, position,
First Round, Afternoon Three seats (for the team that won
number, height, class, letters won, hometown, high school;
Session, Second Game the first game)
probable starting lineup; game-by-game scores; individual and
First Round, Evening Session, Six seats (for the two teams team statistics; school logo; three game-action photos; a team
First Game playing in the second game) photo and head-and-shoulders photos of all student-athletes,
First Round, Evening Session, Three seats (for the team that all coaches, the institution’s president/chancellor and the ath-
Second Game won the first game) letics director.
Second Round, First Game If the second-game winner will D. On Sunday or Monday of tournament week, each SID shall
play the first-game winner in the forward the following (by overnight service) to the site’s media
regional semifinals, six seats coordinator: media guide and postseason guide (if available);
(three for each team in the roster, including name, position, number, height, class, letters
second game). Otherwise, no seats. won, hometown, high school; notation of probable starting line-
Second Round, Second Game If the first-game winner will play up; game-by-game scores; individual and team statistics and
the second-game winner in school logo.
the regional semifinals, three 2. Coordinate credentials and lodging for local media.
seats for the first-game winner. Each sports information director shall create a list of media repre-
Otherwise, no seats. sentatives from the institution’s geographical area who will staff
Regional Semifinals, First Game Six seats (three for each team partici- the tournament. The NCAA will provide a form for the SID to com-
pating in the second game) plete. The SID shall submit the completed form to Bill Hancock in
Regional Semifinals, Second Game Three seats (for the first-game winner) the NCAA national office by March 1 and to the host media coor-
Regional Finals No scouting is permitted dinator by 5 p.m. the Monday before competition.
The NCAA will distribute blank forms to all conference offices.
Sports Information Directors The conference public relations directors will distribute the form to
Responsibilities of the sports information director (SID) generally fall each SID.
within three basic areas: 3. Assist the media covering the tournament.
1. Ensure that the institution’s staff and student-athletes fulfill their The SID shall send media guides to the tournament site, coordi-
tournament media obligations. nate interview requests and distribute media guides and updated
A. At first-/second-round and regional sites, sports information statistics. The NCAA encourages the SID to arrive at the Final
Four site by Wednesday evening to assist with media arrange-
Squad Size Strobe Lights
All teams will be limited to 15 players in uniform. Replacements are (See Appendix R.)
permitted until the starting time of any game. After the game starts, no
replacements will be permitted for any reason. Student-Athlete Affidavit
The number of student-athletes in competitive uniform shall not Pursuant to Bylaw 18.4, the Division I Championships/Competition
exceed 15 at the start of the contest. An institution that is advised that it Cabinet has directed the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee to
is in violation of this policy and does not promptly conform to it shall administer a certification procedure under which student-athletes par-
automatically forfeit the competition. There shall be no inordinate delay ticipating in the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship must com-
of the competition to allow the institution to conform to the rule. plete and sign the affidavit and swear to its truthfulness before a notary
public. The NCAA will send the affidavit to the directors of athletics of
Starting Times institutions that may participate in this year’s championship on or
The basketball committee will determine and announce start times about March 1. Detailed instructions concerning the completion of the
for all games. The committee will announce all first-round start times affidavit will be sent at that time.
and start times at five of the eight second-round sites on selection Team Benches and Coaching Aides
Sunday evening. Start times at the remaining second-round sites will be
announced after the first-round games at those sites have been complet- The basketball committee representatives at each site will assign the
ed. The committee will announce regional semifinals start times on the team benches in accordance with the placement of each team’s tickets.
Saturday and Sunday evenings before those games. The committee will Electronic transmission to or from the bench during the conduct of a
announce regional final game times after the regional semifinal games game is prohibited (e.g., telephone or pager communication to or from
at those sites are completed. any area inside or outside the facility).
The opening-round game will be played on the Tuesday evening Seventeen chairs will be set at each team bench. Only the 15 student-
before the first-round games. First-round games generally will be athletes in uniform and the seven individuals (or more if there are fewer
played between noon and 5 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and midnight than 15 student-athletes in uniform) wearing credential pins will be per-
Eastern time. Without prior approval from the basketball committee, no mitted on the team bench.
game at a site will begin earlier than noon local time and the last game The NCAA will provide towels, cups, water coolers, water bottles
at a site will not begin after 9:37 p.m. local time. Generally, second- and carriers to be used by the participating teams.
round games on Saturday will be played between noon and midnight
Eastern time. Second-round games on Sunday will be played between Team Introductions
noon and 7 p.m. Eastern time. The public address announcer will introduce the starting players in
Regional semifinal competition generally will be played between 7 the following order, beginning with the lower-seeded team: forward,
p.m. and midnight Eastern time. The regional final games will be forward, center, guard, guard.
played Saturday afternoon, generally between 3 and 9 p.m. Eastern The first player introduced shall proceed to the center circle at mid-
time and Sunday afternoon, generally between 2 and 7 p.m. Eastern court and remain there. Next, the first player from the higher-seeded
time. team will be introduced. That individual shall proceed to the center cir-
The national semifinal doubleheader will tip-off at approximately cle, where these two players shall shake hands; then each will go to the
5:07 p.m. Central time Saturday, April 3. The sequence of games will be free-throw line in front of the respective bench.
determined by Monday, March 29. The second player from the lower-seeded team introduced shall
The national championship game will tip-off at approximately 8:18 move to the jump circle, and the same procedure is observed until the
p.m. Central time Monday, April 5. final starter from the higher-seeded team has been presented.
There will be 30 minutes between games except for a 40-minute inter- The two head coaches will be introduced (lower-seeded team’s coach
val between national semifinal games. These intervals include three first) and they shall shake hands in front of the official scorers’ table.
minutes for starting-lineup introductions.
Team Videotapes All television rights (over-the-air and cable), both live and delayed,
will be under the jurisdiction of the Division I Men’s Basketball
During all preliminary-round games, each team may use one camera
Committee and the Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet.
operator to videotape its games. The team representative will be permit-
Matters pertaining to telecasts should be directed to Greg Shaheen,
ted to document only that team’s game(s). On completion of the game
NCAA vice-president for men’s basketball.
being videotaped, the representative will be required to immediately
depart the upper photography area in order for other photographers to CBS Sports has purchased television rights to all games. Mike Aresco,
establish their shooting positions. senior vice-president, programming, CBS Sports, 51 West 52nd Street,
New York, New York 10019 (phone: 212/975-1117), should be contact-
Representatives of participating institutions may tape the CBS Sports
ed for more information.
telecast of any game at its site, using a video distribution outlet in the
media work room. The institution must provide its own recording Television stations may purchase game action for non-news sports
equipment. In addition, Hammond Communications will provide each telecasts by contacting Greg Weitekamp, NCAA associate director of
team with a VHS tape of its games. For teams that win a first-round, or broadcasting and Internet, (phone: 317/917-6222). See Appendix O,
regional semifinal game, Hammond Communications will provide a page 91.
copy of its next opponent’s last game. A team representative should
contact the Hammond Communications representative in the media
interview room to obtain the videotape. [Reference: Bylaw 31.1.13 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
Participating institutions are prohibited from videotaping the nation- General. Ticket prices, allocations and locations are subject to the
al semifinal and championship games. The NCAA will provide each approval of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. After comply-
team with a complimentary videotape of each of its game. Teams reach- ing with the ticket requirements specified by the NCAA for the partici-
ing the championship game will receive videotapes of both semifinal pating institutions, game officials, etc., the tournament manager will be
games. Videotapes will be available immediately after the national responsible for the disposition of the remaining tickets. Minimum and
semifinal games. A team representative should contact the Hammond maximum ticket prices for each 2004 tournament session are:
Communications representative in the media interview room to obtain Opening round, $10 Adults, $5 Youth (16 and under);
the videotape. The NCAA coverage will include game action from end First/second rounds, $30 to $55 per session;
line to end line and potential live-ball free-throw situations. Regionals—$40 to $60 per session.
Any footage of any game of the championship may freely be per- Complimentary tickets are prohibited. Media representatives shall
formed for an institution’s own non-commercial purposes (not includ- have the right to purchase tickets, before a deadline specified by the
ing television broadcast or cablecast) only with the advance written tournament manager, or until the media allocation is exhausted. Such
consent of the NCAA. No footage of the championship may be repro- tickets shall be sold on a first-request basis.
duced or distributed for any purpose without the written permission of General public tickets must be sold only as all-session tickets until 8
the NCAA. a.m. on open-practice day. At that time, any unsold all-session tickets
CBS Sports owns the NCAA Home Video/DVD rights to all NCAA may be broken and sold as single-session tickets.
championships. CBS Sports, in conjunction with the NCAA, will pro- Unless specifically authorized in advance by the NCAA, tickets may
duce an official DVD of the 2004 Division I Men’s Basketball not be offered as a prize in a sweepstakes or contest.
Championship and will market it nationally in conjunction with CBS
Paramount Home Video. An institution that produces a season-in- Participating institutions. Participating institutions’ tickets will be allo-
review video highlighting its own team must license footage of the cated by the following policies:
NCAA tournament games from the NCAA. It will not be allowed to Opening round: Each institution participating in the opening round
use any CBS announcers’ descriptions or CBS graphics within its video. must purchase 50 tickets.
An institution may not use footage of any game in which its team does First/second rounds: Each institution participating in the first round
not participate. Contact Greg Weitekamp, NCAA associate director of must purchase 350 lower-level tickets for the session in which it is a
broadcasting and Internet, (phone: 317/917-6222) for additional licens- participant and, if it advances, the institution must purchase 350
ing information. lower-level tickets for the second-round session. Each institution may
purchase 200 additional first- or second-round tickets for the session in Will-Call. Each institution will be provided space to operate a will-call
which it participates. Each institution may return any of the 200 tickets window at the facility. If the institution elects to use the will-call, it
no later than noon, local time of the host institution/conference, one must provide staffing for its own will-call, beginning at least 30 min-
day before the first round. Second-round participants must notify the utes before the gates open. Participating institutions must forward the
tournament manager no later than the transition meeting if they wish names of representatives who will staff will-call and player-guest
to use the additional 200 tickets for the second round. entrances to the tournament manager by noon the Tuesday before
Regionals: Each institution advancing to the regionals must purchase competition. At the Final Four, participating institutions are strongly
500 lower-level tickets for the regional semifinal and final regardless of encouraged to assign two individuals to begin distributing tickets
whether it advances to the regional final. from the facility box office or off-site location beginning Thursday
Each institution may purchase 750 additional tickets for the regional
semifinals and final. Institutions may return any of the 750 unsold all- Location. Team allotments will be assigned either behind its team’s
session tickets no later than noon, local time of the host institution/con- bench or directly across the court from its bench.
ference, one day before the regional semifinals. The institution will be Payment. Institutions are required to forward full payment for tickets
obligated to purchase any all-session tickets not returned to the tourna- to the appropriate tournament manager within 45 days of the last date
ment manager before the deadline. of competition at the site. A fine may be assessed for each day an insti-
Any tickets not sold before the deadline will be divided equally tution fails to pay for its tickets after the 45-day deadline. The basketball
among the other participating institutions that desire tickets. committee may waive this provision based on extenuating circum-
Final Four: Each participating institution will receive a minimum of
4,500 tickets. The tickets will be delivered to the directors of athletics of Training Facilities
the participating institutions at the site of the regional finals. Any par-
ticipating institution not wishing to use its full allotment of tickets A training room and athletic trainer will be available at each competi-
shall notify L.J. Wright, director of the NCAA Division I men’s basket- tion venue.
ball championship, no later than 6 p.m. local time at the Final Four site
on the Thursday before the national semifinals. Any tickets retained by
the institution at that time shall be purchased by the participating [Reference: Bylaw 12.5.4 in the NCAA Division I Manual.]
institution. The higher-seeded team shall wear its light uniform. If the higher-
Non-Playing Participant Seating. The host will reserve seats for partic- seeded team’s light uniforms are not in a color contrasting with the
ipants to view other games at the site. Seating in these areas will be lower-seeded team’s uniforms, the lower-seeded team must adjust and
restricted to the 22 individuals on each team’s official travel party wear a contrasting color.
pass-gate list. Members of the teams that lose in the first round, During practice, competition, postgame activities, news conferences
regional semifinals and national semifinals may be seated in this area and awards ceremonies, participants may not wear apparel other than
if the institution chooses to remain at the site. The number of seats is the institution’s game uniform, practice uniform and/or warm-up.
as follows: NCAA basketball playing rules prohibit manufacturers’ labels or trade-
First-/Second Rounds, 100. marks on game jerseys and on T-shirts under the jersey. However, one
Regionals, 50. manufacturers’ label or trademark will be allowed on the practice jersey
Final Four, 50. and on the t-shirt worn under the jersey. One logo or trademark also
Player-Guest Admissions. Per NCAA Bylaw 16.2, participating insti- may appear on the practice shorts and game shorts, however, the logo
tutions must first purchase tickets, which may be treated as compli- must be no larger than 2.25 square inches. Further, any apparel (e.g.,
mentary tickets for the student-athletes’ guests. The individuals must sweat suits, sweat shirts, etc.) worn at the tournament practice site must
present identification at the entrance, at which time they will be given comply with this policy.
a ticket stub and directed to their seat.
During the off-day press conferences, participants may wear street
Each institution must assign a minimum of two individuals to staff its clothes as long as they do not bear any commercial or professional iden-
player-guest entrance beginning one hour before the doors open to its tification. For the off-day press conference, the manufacturer’s label
session. Failure to provide player-guest staff could result in the reduc- may be displayed on the product, provided that it satisfies the NCAA
tion of the team’s per diem reimbursement. apparel logo rule.
Official NCAA “celebration apparel” (i.e., caps and T-shirts) will be Use of Footage by Television Entities
provided by the NCAA to each regional champion and to the national (See Appendix T.)
champion. These items are to be worn during the postgame celebration.
No other celebration apparel will be allowed other than the institutional Warm-Ups
uniform or warm-up.
The teams will warm up away from their respective benches before
Logos. An institution’s official uniform and all other items of apparel the start of the game.
(e.g., socks, headbands, T-shirts, wristbands, visors or hats, swim caps,
and towels) that are worn by student-athletes in competition may bear Except for the national championship game, teams participating in
a single manufacturer’s or distributor’s normal trademark, not to the first game of a session may begin pregame warm-ups a maximum
exceed 2.25 square inches, including any additional material (e.g., of one hour before tip-off if the final morning shoot-around has con-
patch) surrounding the normal trademark or logo. The logo or trade- cluded, 45 minutes otherwise. Teams participating in the second game
mark must be contained within a four-sided geometrical figure (i.e., may begin warm-ups as soon as the floor is cleared. See “Starting
rectangle, square, parallelogram). Times” for the intervals between games. For the national championship
game, teams may begin warm-ups a maximum of 90 minutes before
The logo restriction on student-athletes’ apparel, as set forth in tip-off.
NCAA Bylaw 12.5.4, will apply during NCAA championships to all
personnel (e.g., coaches, athletic trainers, managers, cheerleaders, band
members) who are on the team bench for practices and games, or who
participate in news conferences. Contracts between institutions and
apparel manufacturers or distributors that include logo specifications
may be honored, provided that such contracts were in effect before
August 11, 1998.
In addition, an institution’s official uniform cannot bear a design ele-
ment similar to the manufacturer’s that is in addition to another logo or
that is contrary to the size restriction.
A student-athlete representing an institution in intercollegiate compe-
tition is limited to wearing apparel items that include only the logo (not
to exceed 2.25 square inches) of an apparel manufacturer or distributor.
The student-athlete may not wear any apparel that identifies any other
entity other than the student-athlete’s institution.
During NCAA championships, it is not permissible for coaches and
other bench personnel to wear lapel pins or other items attached to their
clothing that identifies any commercial entity (including apparel com-
These policies apply to bench personnel and non-competing partici-
pants (see Bylaws 31.1.7 and 31.1.8 in the NCAA Division I Manual).
This bylaw will be strictly enforced at all NCAA championships and
the names of individuals and institutions that are not in compliance
with this bylaw will be forwarded to the NCAA enforcement staff.
United States Basketball Writers Association
The United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) will
appoint an individual to serve as the liaison and pool reporter at each
lodging, transportation, promotions, financial administration and
General adherence to the policies outlined in the NCAA operations manual for
Unless notified otherwise by the NCAA, host institutions/confer-
Championship Information ences will be responsible for providing all necessary equipment for the
conduct of the tournament. Unless the equipment is deemed essential
to the conduct of the competition, visible advertisement may not
appear on the equipment. Other equipment shall not have any com-
mercial advertising attached to it other than the customary manufac-
turer’s label that the company ordinarily places on its products.
Administration and Management At all times, representatives of the host institution/conference will
[Reference: Sports Committee (Page 9) in this handbook and Bylaws 31.1.1 work in close cooperation with the basketball committee, to the end
and 31.1.2 in the NCAA Manual.] that the championship reflects favorably upon the best traditions and
character of intercollegiate athletics.
General Policies. As specified in Bylaw 18.1, the NCAA Division I
Men’s Basketball Championship will be conducted in accordance with Participating Institutions. Participating institutions are required to
the general policies established by the Division I send a paid staff member to accompany their student-athletes during
Championships/Competition Cabinet and will be under the control, the entire championship.
direction and supervision of the Division I Men’s Basketball
Committee, subject to the standards and conditions set forth in Bylaw
31 and this handbook. [Reference: Bylaw 220.127.116.11.1 in the NCAA Manual.]
An appeal of a decision of a governing sports committee, or a sub-
Prohibited. NCAA advertising policies are designed to prohibit those
committee designated by it, concerning questions of individual or insti- advertisements that do not appear to be in the best interests of higher
tutional eligibility or the conduct of a championship will not be consid- education. The NCAA will have the authority to rule in cases where
ered by the Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet at any doubt exists concerning acceptable advertisers and advertising copy
time during the championship or 48 hours immediately before the in publications, broadcasts and telecasts of NCAA championships.
beginning of the championship. During such period, the governing The following expressly are prohibited:
sports committee (e.g., the basketball committee) or a subcommittee 1. Alcoholic beverages (except as specified below);
designated by it, will be the final authority in acting upon appeals con- 2. Cigarettes and other tobacco products;
cerning the conduct of the championship, subject to the provisions of 3. Professional sports organizations or personnel (except as speci-
Bylaw 31.2 regarding institutional and individual eligibility questions. fied hereafter), and
Games Committee. The basketball committee will appoint a games 4. Organizations promoting gambling.
committee to supervise the conduct of each championship session. A Restricted. There will be no advertisements in publications or broad-
member of the basketball committee will serve as chair of the games casts for alcoholic beverages other than malt beverages, beer and
committee. The games committee will also include the director of ath- wine. Such advertisements shall compose not more than 14 percent of
letics/commissioner of the host institution/conference (or a designat- the space in the publication devoted to advertising or not more than
ed representative) and a member of the officials evaluation committee. 60 seconds per hour nor more than 120 seconds total of any telecast or
Host Institutions/Conferences. The director of athletics/commission- broadcast.
er of the host institution/conference shall appoint a person, preferably Use of Professional Athletes. Advertisements featuring active profes-
with experience in tournament administration and game manage- sional athletes from the sport for which an NCAA telecast, broadcast
ment, to serve as tournament manager. The tournament manager will or publication is being produced are permissible provided there are
ensure that the policies of the committee are applied. Specific respon- no vocal or visual references to that sport. There are no advertising or
sibilities may include direction and supervision of facility arrange- promotional limitations applicable to active professional athletes in
ments, ticket sales, development of participant information, security, other sports. Parties representing the NCAA in advertising sales or
involved in advertising sales for NCAA telecasts, broadcasts or publi- “At the site” is intended to include the period from the time access to
cations shall take every reasonable step to discourage the use by the site is available to spectators until all patrons have left the facility or
advertisers of active professional athletes from sports regulated by the area used for competition. Additional championship awards may not
NCAA, informing the advertisers of the NCAA’s desire that such pro- be purchased by either an institution or an individual.
fessional athletes not be used. Every potential sponsor will be advised
of the terms of this provision before contracting with such sponsor. Other Permissible Awards. The above provision places no restriction
Advertisements in telecasts, broadcasts or publications that contain on institutions presenting awards at sites other than that of the cham-
reference to or photographs of the games, personnel (except as noted pionship competition itself.
above), broadcasts, telecasts or other activities of professional sports Commemorative Awards. An institution whose student-athletes
organizations are not acceptable. receive individual awards as a result of its team’s performance in an
Drug Advertisements. Non-therapeutic drugs and, generally, other NCAA championship may purchase any number of commemorative
drugs and patent medicine advertisements are excluded; however, awards, all of which must be ordered through the Association’s
analgesics, cold remedies, antacids and athletics training aids that are national office.
in general use are acceptable. Institutional advertising by pharmaceu- Appreciation Awards. Recognition or appreciation awards may be
tical firms also is acceptable. presented to individuals or organizations that have contributed to the
Affiliation with NCAA, Participating Teams. No commercial adver- development and/or management of the event. Any such presenta-
tisement may relate, directly or indirectly, the advertising company or tion must be separate from and cannot occur in sequence with the pre-
the advertised product to the participating institutions or their student- sentation of the official NCAA championship awards.
athletes, NCAA championships or the Association itself, unless prior Budgets
written approval has been granted by the NCAA.
Institutions/conferences interested in hosting the championship
Final Approval. The NCAA reserves the right of final approval for all should contact the NCAA national office. Prospective hosts are
advertising in any championship. required to submit two proposed budgets, one for game expense and
Content. Advertising content in a publication shall not exceed 40 per- one for entertainment expense, for approval by the basketball commit-
cent of the total pages in the publication, including the cover pages. tee;
Americans with Disabilities Act The host institution/conference is responsible for all expenditures
over the approved budgets, even if gross receipts exceed the original
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that public establish- estimate, unless it can be demonstrated that the cause of the overage
ments offer equal access and services to people who are physically and was beyond the control of the host institution/conference.
mentally disabled. The NCAA will rely on host organizations to con-
firm compliance with the act by the various host facilities. The host is Certification of Eligibility/Availability
responsible for ensuring that its facility will be in compliance as of the
dates of the championship and to advise the NCAA national office if it [Reference: Bylaw 18.104.22.168 in the NCAA Manual.]
will not, in any regard, be in compliance. Only student-athletes eligible under Bylaws 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 may
compete in NCAA championships. Institutions must inform Greg
Awards Shaheen in the NCAA national office before 5 p.m. Eastern Standard
[Reference: Awards (page 14) in this handbook.] time March 12, 2004 of any student-athlete who may have participated
in regular-season competition but, subsequently is determined to be
The Association has created standard awards for individuals and ineligible or unavailable for NCAA championship competition.
teams that participate in NCAA championships. The number of such
awards for the championship will be determined by the basketball Discovery of Ineligibility of Student-Athlete After Selection. When an
committee and is subject to the approval of the Division I institution fails to report an ineligible student-athlete and the omission
Championships/Competition Cabinet. These official NCAA awards is not discovered until after the institution is selected to participate in
will be the only awards presented by the Association to teams and indi- the championship, necessitating the institution’s withdrawal from the
viduals for participation in NCAA championship competition, and will championship, that withdrawal will be considered as one of the years
be the only awards presented at the site of an NCAA championship. of ineligibility, provided that another member institution participates
in the championship in place of the disqualified institution. If the dis- 2003-04 Drug-Testing Programs booklet or the NCAA Web site for the
covery of the ineligible student-athlete(s) occurs so near the beginning published list of banned substances and the procedural guidelines for
of the championship that the governing sports committee does not testing. Coaches are urged to review this material with their student-
have a reasonable period of time to replace the disqualified institution athletes before any NCAA championship participation.
in the bracket, that fact will be taken into consideration in determining
Pursuant to NCAA drug-testing protocol, persons who test positive
the number of years the disqualified institution will be ineligible to
at one championship automatically will be tested at the next champi-
onship at which they appear and at which drug testing is being con-
Commercial Involvement ducted.
[Reference: NCAA Championships Promotions Guidelines Manual.] Eligibility
Local-contributor programs are not permitted at the Division I Men’s [Reference: Bylaw 31.2 in the NCAA Manuals.]
Basketball Championship opening round, first/second rounds and
regionals. For information regarding the Final Four, or about the Protests. Any team that has been duly certified as eligible for an
NCAA’s national corporate program, contact Greg Shaheen at the NCAA championship or any student-athlete duly certified by the
NCAA national office. institution for an NCAA championship shall not be withheld from
participation because of any protest made or filed during the progress
Crowd Control of the competition or during the 24 hours immediately before the
beginning of the championship. If there is a break in the continuity of
The development and implementation of a security plan is the the championship (e.g., between rounds of a basketball tournament)
responsibility of the facility management. Host institutions/confer- when no competition is being conducted, a team or the student-ath-
ences shall consult with representatives of all appropriate public safety lete may be withheld from further competition in the championship,
agencies when developing the security plan. Directors of athletics of provided the protest is made or filed at least 24 hours in advance of
the competing institutions shall encourage enthusiastic support within the beginning of the next segment of the championship.
the confines of good sportsmanship by their student athletes and fans.
Amateurism. If requested by the Division I Championships/
Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages. Alcoholic beverages Competition Cabinet, a student-athlete who participates in an NCAA
and tobacco products will not be sold or otherwise made available for championship must sign an affidavit certifying the student-athlete’s
public consumption, nor will any such beverages or products be amateur standing under the provisions of Bylaws 2.9 and 12. The affi-
brought to the site during the championship (i.e., during the period davit will be administered by the chair of the games committee and
from the time access to the site is available to spectators until all completed on a form prescribed by the appropriate cabinet or com-
patrons have left the facility or area used for competition). mittee. If the student-athlete fails or refuses to complete the affidavit
fully and properly, the student-athlete may not be certified for partici-
Drug Testing pation in the championship.
[Reference: The 2003-04 Drug-Testing Programs booklet and Financial Penalty
[Reference: Bylaw 31.1.11 in the NCAA Manuals.]
All NCAA championships are subject to the drug-testing program.
Student-athletes will be selected for testing on the basis of playing time, The basketball committee may assess a financial penalty against an
position and/or random selection. The goal of the drug-testing pro- institution for failure of any of its representatives to adhere to the poli-
gram is to provide fair and equitable competition for student-athletes cies and procedures governing championship administration, subject
competing in NCAA championships. The program involves urine col- to review by and appeal to the Division I Championships/Competition
lection on specific occasions and laboratory analysis for substances on a Cabinet. The institution may be assessed:
list of banned drugs developed by the Executive Committee. This list is 1. One hundred dollars per team or $50 per individual, up to a $300
composed of drugs generally purported to be performance enhancing maximum penalty, for failure to adhere to published procedures
and/or potentially harmful to the health and welfare of the student- for the submission of regular-season results or availability ques-
athlete. The list specifically includes stimulants (such as amphetamines tionnaires.
and cocaine) and anabolic agents, as well as other drugs. Refer to the
2. One hundred dollars, cancellation of all or a portion of the The insurance program covering participants in NCAA champi-
Association’s travel guarantee, or all or a portion of the institu- onships will reimburse expenses incurred in excess of the deductible
tion’s share of revenue distribution for failure to adhere to pub- amount as noted and not covered by other valid and collectible insur-
lished managerial and administrative policies and procedures. ance plans, government programs or other sources. For additional
3. Cancellation of all or a portion of the honorarium for hosting an information or to obtain a claim form, contact the travel and insurance
NCAA championship for failure to submit the financial report with- manager at the NCAA national office.
in 60 days after the competition, as specified in Bylaw 22.214.171.124. Accidental Death and Dismemberment. If an injury incurred by a
4. Financial penalty for each day a participating institution fails to student-athlete under the situations described in the medical section
pay for its game tickets subsequent to the 45-day deadline. above results directly and independently of all other causes and, within
5. Financial or other penalties different from Nos. 1, 2 and 3 above, 180 days from the date of the injury, in loss of life, an indemnity will be
but only if they have prior approval of the Division I paid in the amount of $10,000. Further, under the benefits of this policy,
Championships/Competition Cabinet. provisions are made for dismemberment and loss of sight. This cover-
Insurance age also applies to athletics department staff representatives, faculty
athletics representatives, coaches, student-managers, student-coaches
[Reference: Bylaw 31.7.4 in the NCAA Manual.] and student-trainers who are traveling with the team and representing
Medical. Arrangements have been made to provide basic accident,
medical and catastrophic injury medical insurance for student-athletes Medical Arrangements
in NCAA championships.
Each scheduled practice or contest of any round of an NCAA cham-
The basic coverage will pay all medical and dental expenses incurred pionship should include the following:
as the result of an accident up to $50,000 on each claim, subject to the 1. The on-site presence of a person qualified and delegated to ren-
deductible of $250. Benefits would be afforded to a student-athlete der emergency care to a stricken participant;
while: 2. The presence or planned access to a physician for prompt med-
1. Actually practicing for or competing in an NCAA championship as ical evaluation of the situation, when warranted;
an official representative of the institution; 3. Planned access to a medical facility, including a plan for commu-
2. Actually being transported in a group, under the supervision and nication and transportation between the competition venue and
personal direction of a coach, manager or other duly delegated the medical facility for prompt medical services, when warranted;
authority of the institution, to or from practice or play in an NCAA 4. Immediate availability (or quick accessibility) to all necessary
championship, or emergency equipment. Equipment should be in good operating
3. On a supervised team trip away from the city or town in which the condition, and personnel must be trained in advance to use it
institution is located for the purpose of participating in an NCAA properly. Additionally, emergency information about the student-
championship. athlete should be available for use by medical personnel;
5. A thorough understanding by all parties, including the administra-
This coverage also applies to athletics department staff representa-
tors of participating teams, of the personnel and procedures
tives, faculty athletics representatives, coaches, student-managers, stu-
associated with the medical plan, and
dent-coaches and student-trainers who are traveling with the team and
6. An inclement-weather policy that includes provisions for decision-
representing the institution. making and evacuation plans.
The catastrophic coverage will provide lifetime medical and rehabili- Further, participating institutions should require certification in car-
tation benefits to student-athletes, student-coaches, student-trainers diopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques, first aid and prevention
and student-managers who suffer injuries while participating under of disease transmission (as outlined by OSHA guidelines) for all athlet-
Nos. 1, 2 or 3 as outlined above. Benefits would begin after the injured ics personnel associated with practices and contests. New staff
participant’s medical and dental expenses exceed the deductible engaged in these activities should comply with these rules within six
amount of $50,000 (limit of basic program). The coverage will provide months of employment.
disability benefits and lifetime medical and rehabilitation benefits to all The student-athlete’s team physician shall examine each student-ath-
students incurring catastrophic injuries. lete injured during NCAA competition and make a recommendation to
the student-athlete, the coach and the chair of the basketball committee, on an institution or any student-athlete or representative of an institu-
or the chair’s designated representative, as to the advisability of contin- tion guilty of misconduct that occurs incident to, en route to, from or
ued participation or disqualification of the athlete. In the absence of at the locale of the competition or practice:
said team physician, the NCAA tournament physician, as recommend- 1. Public or private reprimand of the individual;
ed by the host institution/conference and approved by the basketball 2. Disqualification of the individual from further participation in the
committee, shall examine the injured student-athlete and make a rec- NCAA championship involved;
ommendation as noted above. The chair of the governing sports com- 3. Banishment of the individual from participating in one or more
mittee, or the chair’s designated representative, will be responsible for subsequent championships of the sport involved;
enforcement of the medical recommendation if it involves disqualifica- 4. Cancellation of all or a portion of payment to the institution of the
tion. Association’s transportation and/or per diem allowance for the
Misconduct 5. Withholding of all or a portion of the institution’s share of revenue
[Reference: Bylaw 31.1.10 in the NCAA Manual.] 6. Banishment of the institution from participation in one or more
Misconduct in an NCAA championship is any act of dishonesty, subsequent championships in which its team in that sport other-
unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior or breach of law wise would be eligible to participate;
occurring incident to, en route to, from or at the locale of the competi- 7. Disqualification of an institution for a period of time from serving
tion or practice that discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics. as host institution for one or more NCAA championships;
8. Cancellation of all or a portion of the honorarium for hosting an
Criticism of Officials. Members of coaching staffs or other representa- NCAA championship, and,
tives of participating institutions or conferences shall not make public
9. Financial or other penalties different from Nos. 1 through 8, but
statements critical of officiating in any NCAA championship event. only if they have prior approval of the Division I
Failure to comply with this policy may subject the individual, institu- Championships/Competition Cabinet.
tion or conference to the misconduct provisions of Bylaw 31.1.10 .
Ban from Subsequent Championship. When a student-athlete or
Coaches Meeting. During the pr-tournament meeting, the basketball institutional representative is banned from participation in a subse-
committee representative will review and explain the policies related quent championship, such penalty will be applied to the next tourna-
to tournament administration and misconduct policies. ment(s) in which the individual’s team is involved and the individual
Hearing Opportunity. An act of misconduct may be found upon an otherwise is eligible to participate.
administrative hearing granted to the student-athlete or the institu- Review of Action. Any action related to misconduct may be reviewed
tional representative involved by the governing sports committee or by the basketball committee upon request of any institution partici-
the games committee authorized to act for it. pating in the championship.
Misconduct Incident to Competition. Under normal circumstances, if Risk Management Statement
the act of misconduct occurs during the competition, the individual
will be allowed to complete the competition in which he or she is par- The NCAA recognizes that an institution/conference is familiar with
ticipating at the time of the incident. An administrative hearing will the facilities, grounds and equipment it will be providing for use in the
be held at the conclusion of the day’s competition between rounds of championship and that the institution/conference’s staff members are
the tournament, when no competition is being conducted, or at the in the best position to oversee safety preparations and inspections.
conclusion of the championship. However, if the act of misconduct is Accordingly, on behalf of the institution/conference, its staff members
so flagrant that it obviously violates the principles of fair play and must agree to perform such preparations and inspections and to pro-
sportsmanship, the games committee may immediately withdraw the vide such facilities, grounds and equipment free from all defective or
student-athlete or institutional representative from the competition hazardous conditions that are known or reasonably detectable. If any
and conduct the hearing after this action. Other acts of misconduct such conditions cannot be cured before the championships, specific
may be dealt with at the governing sports committee’s convenience. information must be provided to Greg Shaheen in writing (fax number:
317/917-6827) as far in advance of the championships as reasonably
Penalty for Misconduct. In accordance with Bylaw 126.96.36.199, the gov- possible. Receipt of any such notice will not obligate the NCAA either
erning sports committee (or the games committee authorized to act to cure the conditions in question or to relieve the institution/confer-
for it) may impose any one or a combination of the following penalties ence of its legal duties with respect thereto.
Tobacco Ban NOTE: If any part of a ticket is unused or canceled the ticket must be
returned immediately to Short’s Travel for proper credit. NEVER destroy a
The use of tobacco products by any individuals on or near the play- ticket. The institution WILL BE responsible for lost-ticket charges, which
ing floor, as well as during other championship activities such as ban- currently are $100 per ticket.
quets, autograph sessions, news conferences and postgame interviews,
at NCAA championships is prohibited. Violations of this policy will be Institutions may also make reservations through Short’s Travel for
dealt with by the appropriate sports committee in accordance with the persons not in the official traveling party, to take advantage of unpub-
misconduct provisions of Bylaw 31.1.10. lished discounted airfares available through Short’s Travel. Upon pre-
sentation of a purchase order number or major credit card to charge,
Transportation the institution will be billed directly. Prompt payment by the institu-
tion is expected.
[Reference: Bylaw 31.4.6 in the NCAA Manual.]
Institutions that make air reservations through a local agency for
If an institution is eligible to use air transportation to the site of the NCAA-sponsored travel must advise the agency to release, not cancel,
championship (i.e., if it is located more than 300 miles from the site), the space to Short’s Travel. To be eligible for Short’s Travel unpub-
and there is a major airport located within 120 miles of the champi- lished negotiated airfares, tickets must be issued by Short’s Travel.
onship site, then the participating institution is required to fly into/out
of that airport and ground transport to and from the site of competi- Charter Flights. All charter flights for a team’s participation in an
tion. This also applies if the originating airport is located within 120 NCAA championship must be arranged through Short’s Travel. If an
miles of the participating institution’s campus. This policy only applies institution desires an unusually high seating capacity or it appears
when airfare is less expensive from the more distant airport. that a charter will not be economical, Short’s Travel will advise the
institution of the options available within the required guidelines. For
Mileage will be based on the computer software program Microsoft all championships, the NCAA will pay the prorated cost for the offi-
Streets and Trips 2004. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be cial traveling party based on the charter’s total cost and the number of
directed to the NCAA travel department before making travel arrange- seats available on the aircraft, but not to exceed the regular coach fare.
ments. The institution must pay for additional passengers above the official
Air Travel traveling party size. The NCAA has final approval of any charter that
All airline reservations must be made through Short’s Travel is part of the NCAA travel guarantee. Please note, charter service to
Management in order to receive the NCAA guarantee for air travel. championships is limited. Institutions should be prepared to adjust
Airline reservations must match the name exactly as it appears on the departure and return time, to book commercial reservations, or to
photo identification. The Association pays for the tickets for official split the traveling party.
traveling party members and those individuals qualified to compete. Ground Travel
Short’s Travel maintains a 24-hour toll-free telephone service to enable Local Transportation. Local transportation must be paid by the par-
individuals to make or change reservations. The number is 866/655- ticipating institution Transportation between the team’s hotel and the
9215, including calls from Alaska and Hawaii. competition or practice site is considered local transportation. If a
Institutions will be able to use an online system for pre-planning competing team or a competition site is located outside the metropoli-
tan area of an airport (more than 50 round-trip miles) reimbursement
before the championship selections are announced, and to make and
may be claimed for the cost of transporting the team from the campus
confirm arrangements once selections are released. The NCAA travel
to the airport or from the airport to the competition site. If the team or
department and Short’s Travel will provide more information before
competition site is within 50 round-trip miles, any transportation costs
the championship. are the responsibility of the institution.
General Air Travel Information. Because airlines have placed severe Vehicle Usage. When teams are required to travel by ground trans-
restrictions on their tickets, it is imperative that travelers make any portation to the site of competition, an institution may choose to use a)
changes well before the scheduled departure time. The NCAA rec- commercial charter buses; b) rental automobiles or vans; c) institution-
ommends contacting Short’s Travel at least 30 minutes prior to sched- al vehicles; d) personal vehicles; or e) a combination of these options.
uled departure to make any changes. The NCAA will reimburse the actual cost of charter buses, rental vehi-
cles or institutional vehicles, provided an invoice or rental receipt is
attached. Personal vehicular use will be reimbursed at the rate of 32
cents per mile. The maximum number of reimbursable vehicles is
five, in any combination.
Charter Bus. Arrangements to transport teams via charter bus may
be made by the institution through local motor coach carriers or
through Short’s Travel. Institutions may claim the actual cost of the
charter. A copy of the invoice must be attached to the expense forms
for reimbursement to be made.
Expense forms with instructions will be available on the NCAA Web
site (http://www.ncaa.org/financial/travelforms.html#top). Forms
can be faxed or mailed if the institution is unable to access them on-line.
Please contact the NCAA travel department (317/917-6757 or
email@example.com) to receive hard copies of the form.
Completed forms must be received at the NCAA national office
within 30 days of the final day of competition.
Teams and/or individuals should provide themselves sufficient
money to meet all expenses throughout the tournament, including
ground transportation, lodging, meal and all other miscellaneous
Travel Exceptions. If extraordinary circumstances may warrant an
exception to the Association’s guidelines, institutions must contact the
NCAA’s travel department for approval BEFORE making any travel
arrangements. The travel department can be reached at 317/917-6757,
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2004 NCAA Division I Men’s
March 18 or 19 March 20 or 21 March 20 or 21 March 18 or 19
San Antonio San Antonio
April 3 April 3
On March 14, the basketball committee will select two
teams to play the opening-round game March 16 in Dayton.
The winning team will be a 16th seed in the first round.
*First- and second-round sites will be placed in the bracket by the
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee March 16.
March 18—20 sites: Buffalo, Denver, Raleigh, Seattle
Appendixes March 19—21 sites: Columbus, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Orlando
NCAA 17471-6/03 The NCAA opposes all sports wagering. This bracket should not be used for sweepstakes, contests, office pools or other gambling activities.
Appendix B Gerald Myers
Director of Athletics
Texas Tech University
Division I Men’s Basketball Committee Jones SBC Stadium
Karl Benson 6th and Boston
Commissioner Lubbock, Texas 79409
Western Athletic Conference Office: 806/742-3355
9250 East Costilla Avenue, Suite 300 E-mail: email@example.com
Englewood, Colorado 80112-3643 Les Robinson
Office: 303/799-9221, extension 209 Director of Athletics
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Citadel
Bob Bowlsby, chair 171 Moultrie Street
Director of Athletics Charleston, South Carolina 29409-6150
University of Iowa Office: 843/953-5240
1 Elliott Drive E-mail: email@example.com
Iowa City, Iowa 52242 Judy Rose
Office: 319/335-9435 Director of Athletics
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Floyd Kerr Barnhardt Student Activity Center
Director of Athletics 9201 University City Boulevard
Southern University, Baton Rouge Charlotte, North Carolina 28223
P.O. Box 9942 Office: 704/687-4920
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813 E-mail: email@example.com
Office: 225/771-2722 Gary Walters
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Athletics
Jon LeCrone Princeton University
Commissioner P.O. Box 71
Horizon League Princeton, New Jersey 08544
201 S. Capitol Avenue, Suite 500 Office: 609/258-3947
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225 E-mail: email@example.com
Craig Littlepage Tom Jernstedt
Director of Athletics Executive Vice-President
University of Virginia NCAA
P.O. Box 400846 P.O. Box 6222
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4846 Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Office: 434/982-5100 Office: 317/917-6222, ext. 6525
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
Executive Assistant: Steve Kanaby, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Athletics
Vice-President of Division I Men’s Basketball and Championship
University of Arizona
233 McKale Center
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0096
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Office: 317/917-6222, ext. 6487
Executive Assistant: Brenda Butz, e-mail: email@example.com
Jeanne Boyd Appendix C
Director of the Division l Men’s Basketball Championship
NCAA 2004 Automatic-Qualifying Conferences
P.O. Box 6222
AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Office: 317/917-6222 ext. 6550 State University of New York at Albany University of New Hampshire
Binghamton University Northeastern University
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Boston University State University of New York at Stony
Administrative Assistant: Kelly Kaufman, e-mail: email@example.com University of Hartford Brook
L.J. Wright University of Maine University of Vermont
Director of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
Clemson University University of North Carolina, Chapel
P.O. Box 6222 Duke University Hill
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206 Florida State University North Carolina State University
Office: 317/917-6222, ext. 6504 Georgia Institute of Technology University of Virginia
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org University of Maryland, College Park Wake Forest University
Administrative Assistant: Ben Weesies, e-mail: email@example.com
ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE
Belmont University Jacksonville State University
Assistant Coordinator of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
Campbell University Jacksonville University
University of Central Florida Mercer University
P.O. Box 6222
Florida Atlantic University Samford University
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
Gardner-Webb University Stetson University
Office: 317/917-6222, ext. 6500
Georgia State University Troy State University
Staff Assistant: Abby Dilay Nool, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE
Bill Hancock University of Dayton University of Rhode Island
Consultant to the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Duquesne University University of Richmond
NCAA Fordham University St. Bonaventure University
P.O. Box 6222 George Washington University St. Joseph’s University
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206 La Salle University Temple University
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Xavier University
Office: 317/917-6222, ext. 6499
E-mail: email@example.com BIG EAST CONFERENCE
Boston College St. John’s University (New York)
University of Connecticut Seton Hall University
Georgetown University Syracuse University
University of Miami (Florida) Villanova University
University of Notre Dame Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University of Pittsburgh University
Providence College West Virginia University
Rutgers The State University of New
Jersey, New Brunswick
BIG SKY CONFERENCE
California State University, Northridge Montana State University-Bozeman
California State University, Sacramento Northern Arizona University
Eastern Washington University Portland State University
Idaho State University Weber State University
University of Montana
BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE IVY GROUP
Charleston Southern University Liberty University Brown University Harvard University
Coastal Carolina University University of North Carolina, Asheville Columbia University University of Pennsylvania
Elon College Radford University Cornell University Princeton University
High Point University Winthrop University Dartmouth College Yale University
BIG TEN CONFERENCE METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
University of Illinois, Champaign Northwestern University Canisius College Marist College
Indiana University, Bloomington Ohio State University Fairfield University Niagara University
University of Iowa Pennsylvania State University Iona College Rider University
University of Michigan Purdue University Loyola College (Maryland) St. Peter’s College
Michigan State University University of Wisconsin, Madison Manhattan College Siena College
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
BIG 12 CONFERENCE University of Akron Marshall University
Baylor University University of Nebraska, Lincoln Ball State University Miami University (Ohio)
University of Colorado, Boulder University of Oklahoma Bowling Green State University Northern Illinois University
Iowa State University Oklahoma State University State University of New York at Buffalo Ohio University
University of Kansas University of Texas at Austin Central Michigan University University of Toledo
Kansas State University Texas A&M University Eastern Michigan University Western Michigan University
University of Missouri, Columbia Texas Tech University Kent State University
BIG WEST CONFERENCE
University of California, Irvine University of Idaho
University of California, Riverside Long Beach State University Chicago State University Oral Roberts University
University of California, Santa Barbara University of the Pacific Indiana University-Purdue University at Southern Utah University
California State University, Fullerton Utah State University Indianapolis Valparaiso University
California State University, Northridge University of Missouri, Kansas City Western Illinois University
California Polytechnic State University, Oakland University
San Luis Obispo MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Bethune-Cookman College University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
University of Delaware University of North Carolina, Wilmington Coppin State College Morgan State University
Drexel University Old Dominion University Delaware State University Norfolk State University
George Mason University Towson University Florida A&M University North Carolina A&T State University
Hofstra University Virginia Commonwealth University Hampton University South Carolina State University
James Madison University College of William and Mary Howard University
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
CONFERENCE USA Bradley University University of Northern Iowa
University of Alabama at Birmingham University of North Carolina, Charlotte Creighton University Southern Illinois University at
University of Cincinnati Saint Louis University Drake University Carbondale
DePaul University University of South Florida University of Evansville Southwest Missouri State University
East Carolina University University of Southern Mississippi Illinois State University Wichita State University
University of Houston Texas Christian University Indiana State University
University of Louisville Tulane University
Marquette University MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
University of Memphis Brigham Young University San Diego State University
Colorado State University U.S. Air Force Academy
HORIZON LEAGUE University of Nevada, Las Vegas University of Utah
Butler University University of Wisconsin, Green Bay University of New Mexico Universtiy of Wyoming
Cleveland State University University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Detroit Mercy Wright State University
University of Illinois, Chicago Youngstown State
Loyola University (Illinois)
NORTHEAST CONFERENCE SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Central Connecticut State University Mount St. Mary’s College (Maryland) Alabama A&M University Jackson State University
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Quinnipiac College Alabama State University Mississippi Valley State University
Metropolitan Campus Robert Morris College Alcorn State University Prairie View A&M University
Long Island University-Brooklyn Sacred Heart University University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Southern University, Baton Rouge
Campus St. Francis College (New York) Grambling State University Texas Southern University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County St. Francis College (Pennsylvania)
Monmouth University Wagner College
SUN BELT CONFERENCE
OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE University of Arkansas, Little Rock Middle Tennessee State University
Austin Peay State University Southeast Missouri State University Arkansas State University New Mexico State University
Eastern Illinois University University of Tennessee at Martin University of Denver University of New Orleans
Eastern Kentucky University Tennessee State University Florida International University University of North Texas
Morehead State University Tennessee Technological University University of Louisiana University of South Alabama
Murray State University at Lafayette Western Kentucky University
WEST COAST CONFERENCE
University of Arizona Oregon State University
Arizona State University University of Southern California Gonzaga University St. Mary’s College (California)
University of California, Berkeley Stanford University Loyola Marymount University University of San Diego
University of California, Los Angeles University of Washington Pepperdine University University of San Francisco
University of Oregon Washington State University University of Portland Santa Clara University
PATRIOT LEAGUE WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
American University Lafayette College Boise State University Rice University
Bucknell University Lehigh University California State University, Fresno San Jose State University
Colgate University U.S. Military Academy University of Hawaii, Manoa Southern Methodist University
College of the Holy Cross U.S. Naval Academy Louisiana Tech University University of Texas at El Paso
University of Nevada University of Tulsa
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Louisiana State University INDEPENDENTS
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville University of Mississippi Centenary College University of Texas, Pan American
Auburn University Mississippi State University
University of Florida University of South Carolina, Columbia
University of Georgia University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Kentucky Vanderbilt University Note: The Ivy Group does not conduct a postseason conference tournament.
Appalachian State University University of North Carolina,
College of Charleston (South Carolina) Greensboro
The Citadel University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Davidson College Virginia Military Institute
East Tennessee State University Western Carolina University
Furman University Wofford College
Georgia Southern University
Lamar University Sam Houston State University
University of Louisiana at Monroe Southeastern Louisiana University
McNeese State University Southwest Texas State University
Nicholls State University Stephen F. Austin State University
Northwestern State University University of Texas at Arlington
(Louisiana) University of Texas at San Antonio
West Advisory Committee
Appendix D Big Sky Doug Oliver Idaho State
Big West Pat Douglass UC-Irvine
Regional Advisory Committees Mountain West Ritchie McKay New Mexico
The regional advisory committees are composed of head coaches Pacific-10 Ben Braun California
representing each Division I conference. Coaches serve three-year Western Athletic Mike Dement Southern Methodist
terms and are selected by the National Association of Basketball West Coast Randy Bennett St. Mary’s (California)
Coaches (NABC). The committees submit rankings of teams in their
respective regions for consideration for possible at-large selection to
the tournament. Rankings are submitted twice, once in late January
and once immediately preceding selection weekend.
Conference Coach Institution
East Advisory Committee
America East Al Walker Binghamton
Atlantic 10 Thad Matta Xavier
Atlantic Coast Leonard Hamilton Florida State
Big East Craig Esherick Georgetown
Colonial David Henderson Delaware
Ivy Dave Faucher Dartmouth
Metro Atlantic Rob Lanier Siena
Mid-Eastern Frankie Allen Howard
Northeast Dave Calloway Monmouth
Patriot Emmett Davis Colgate
Midwest Advisory Committee
Big Ten Mike Davis Indiana
Conference USA James Green Southern Mississippi
Horizon League Larry Farmer Loyola (Illinois)
Mid-American Tim Buckley Ball State
Mid-Continent Rich Zvosec Missouri-Kansas City
Missouri Valley Barry Hinson Southwest Missouri State
South Advisory Committee
Atlantic Sun Sidney Green Florida Atlantic
Big 12 Ricardo Patton Colorado
Big South Pete Strickland Coastal Carolina
Ohio Valley Travis Ford Eastern Kentucky
Southeastern Kevin Stallings Vanderbilt
Southern Pat Dennis Citadel
Southland Dennis Nutt Southwest Texas State
Sun Belt Monte Towe New Orleans
Southwestern Rob Spivery Alabama State
Appendix E 8. At any time during the process, the chair may designate a “quiet
period”, generally 15 minutes in length, to permit members to indi-
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship vidually reflect on the way they will vote. These periods may be
(a) before finalizing the vote on teams eligible for the last remain-
Principles and Procedures for Establishing the ing at-large positions; (b) before the start of the seeding process,
Bracket and (c) before the start of the bracketing process.
There are three phases in the process: 9. All votes will be by secret ballot.
10. At any time during the process, the chair may request a "nitty-grit-
I. Select the at-large teams (a minimum of 34 teams); ty" report, which compares teams that are under consideration.
II. Seed the teams; and The elements of the "nitty-gritty" report are:
III. Place the teams into the championship bracket. • Division I record;
General Principles for Selection, Seeding and Bracketing • Overall RPI;
The basketball committee will abide by the following principles: • Non-conference record;
1. At no point in the process shall a member vote for a team the indi- • Non-conference RPI;
vidual represents as an athletics director or com-missioner. • Conference record;
2. A member shall not be present in the meeting room during com- • Conference RPI;
mittee discussion regarding the se-lection or seeding of a team • Road record;
the individual represents as an athletics director. Nor may an ath- • Record in last 10 games;
letics director an-swer questions about the team the individual • Record against teams ranked 1-50 by RPI;
represents, except for factual questions (e.g., dates of injuries, • Record against teams ranked 51-100 by RPI;
status of injured players.) • Record against teams ranked 101-200 by RPI;
3. A commissioner is permitted to answer general questions about • Record against teams ranked below 200 by RPI;
teams in the conference the individ-ual represents; however, this • Record against other teams that are under consideration (i.e.,
committee member must leave the room during any discussion “board teams”).
re-garding the selection or seeding of teams the individual repre- I. Principles for Selecting At-Large Teams
sents. 1. The committee shall select the best available teams to fill the at-
4. An athletics director is permitted to discuss other teams in the large berths, regardless of confer-ence affiliation.
individual’s conference only when asked. 2. There is no limit on the number of teams the committee may
5. When 24 or fewer teams remain in a pool of teams under consid- select from one confer-ence.
eration, a member may not partici-pate in “list X teams” votes if a Procedures for Selecting At-Large Teams
team he or she represents as a commissioner or athletics director
First and Second Ballots
is included. An athletics di-rector or commissioner may not partic-
1. On the Monday preceding the March meeting, the staff will for-
ipate in cross-country votes (i.e., ballots where the members rank
ward to each committee member indi-vidual information sheets
a selected number of teams) that involve a team the individ-ual
on all teams ranked 1-105 by the RPI and two ballots listing those
teams. The information will be listed alphabetically by team.
6. When 20 or more teams are under consideration in “list X teams”
2. Each committee member will submit the two ballots Thursday
ballots, each member shall list eight.
evening of selection weekend.
When 14 to 19 teams are under consideration, each member
a. On Ballot No. 1, each committee member shall identify not
shall list six. more than 34 teams that should be at-large selections into the
When 13 or fewer teams are under consideration, each member tournament based upon their successful play to date, even if
shall list four. they could eventually rep-resent conferences as automatic
7. At any time during the process of selecting the at-large teams, the
committee may elect to begin seeding the teams. This will permit b. On Ballot No. 2, each committee member shall identify all
the committee to move ahead and still consider the results of other teams that should receive consideration for at-large
games played during selection weekend. berths.
3. Members are not limited to the 105 teams ranked by the RPI. 8. Steps No. 5, 6 and 7 will be repeated until all at-large berths are
4. A member shall not vote for a team that has earned automatic filled.
qualification. A team that eventually could earn automatic qualifi- 9. If a team fails to be included among the four teams receiving the
cation, but has not at the time of the initial voting, is eligible to least amount of points (Step No. 7) for two consecutive ballots, it
receive votes. shall be returned to the nomination board.
5. The staff will collect the ballots by 8 p.m. on the committee's first 10. A team may be removed from an at-large berth by a vote of
meeting date. seven eligible voters. Such a team would be returned to the
6. Any team receiving all but two of the eligible votes on Ballot No. 1 nomination board.
shall be moved onto the at-large board. 11. At any time during the process, the chair may suggest that the
7. The committee will form an "at-large nomination board" consisting committee begin considering teams that should be eliminated
of an alphabetical listing of all teams that: from consideration. The same voting procedures will be used.
a. Received more than one vote in either of the initia ballots but 12. At any time during the process, the chair may call for a cross-
did not receive enough votes on Ballot No. 1 to move to the at- country vote of the teams under con-sideration.
large board; 13. The number of teams eligible to receive votes may be increased
b. Did not receive more than one vote in the initial balloting, but or decreased by the chair if circumstances war-rant. Further, the
subsequently was recommended by more than one member chair has the option to revise from four to two the number of
prior to closing initial nominations, or teams to be moved into at-large berths per Procedure No. 7.
c. Won or shared the regular-season conference championship
or conference divisional championship. II. Principles for Seeding of Teams
8. After Step No. 7, the process for creating the initial "at-large nomi- 1. The committee will seed (i.e. “rank”) the teams 1 through 65.”
nation board" will be closed. 2. The “seed list” is used as a reference to ensure balance.
9. Once the "at-large nomination board" is closed, a team may be 3. Once the “seed list” is established, it remains unchanged through-
added to the nomination board at any time providing it re-ceives out the committee’s deliberations in placing the teams into the
more than two votes. A team may be removed from the nomina- championship bracket.
tion board if it receives all but two of the eligible votes. Oral nomi- 4. The bracket-placement principles adopted by the committee may
nations are permitted. preclude a team from being placed in its “true” seed (in accor-
dance with the “seed list”).
1. The committee will begin evaluating those teams on the at-large Procedures for Seeding the Teams
nomination board. 1. Each committee member votes for the top eight teams, not
2. Each committee member will submit a listing of eight teams to be ranked in order, from the automatic quali-fication and/or at-large
added to the at-large field. boards.
3. Those teams receiving seven of the eligible votes shall be added 2. Committee members rank the top eight vote-getters from Step
to the at-large field. No. 1, using a cross-country scoring system.
4. From those teams not receiving seven votes in Step No. 2, the 3. The four institutions receiving the least amount of points from the
top four vote-getters will be held for the next ballot. cross-country scoring are moved into the seed list in order.
5. Each committee member next will submit a listing of eight teams 4. The remaining four teams are held for the next cross-country bal-
(see “General Procedures” No. 6) to be considered in the next at- lot.
large ballot. Those teams receiving the most votes will be includ- 5. Each committee member votes for four additional teams from the
ed with the remaining teams from Step No. 4 to provide a pool of automatic qualification and/or at-large boards. The top four vote-
eight teams for the next at-large ballot. getters will join the four remaining teams on the next cross-coun-
6. Committee members rank the eight teams from Steps No. 4 and try ballot.
5, using a cross-country scoring system (e.g., first is valued at 6. Committee members rank the eight teams from Steps No. 4 and
one point.) No. 5, using a cross-country scoring system.
7. The four teams receiving the least amount of points shall be 7. The four teams receiving the least amount of points are moved
added to the at-large field. The other four teams will be held for into the seed list in order.
the next ballot. 8. Steps No. 4, 5, 6 and 7 are repeated until all the teams are seed-
ed, 1 through 65, for the seed list.
9. After a team has been voted into the seed list, it may be moved to (Note: The only possible exception would occur if a conference
a different position by a vote of seven or more committee mem- has five or more teams seeded in line Nos. 1-4. The other princi-
bers. ples herein would apply in the exception case.)
Additional Considerations 12. In lines No. 5-12, two teams from the same conference may be
placed in the same group of four provid-ing that they would not
The committee is not obligated to seed the lines in chronological
meet until the regional championship game.
order. For example, any time during this process, the committee may
13. Conference teams shall not meet each other prior to the regional
use the procedures to determine the fourth quadrant of teams in the
final unless a ninth team is se-lected from a conference. Two
teams from the same conference within the same region, there-
III. Principles for Placing Teams into Championship Bracket fore, shall not be seeded together in either of the following
1. The top priority for the committee is to balance the bracket in groups: Nos. 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 16; or Nos. 2, 3, 6, 7, 10,
each region across the country. 11, 14 and 15.
2. The teams seeded 64 and 65 will compete in an opening-round 14. There shall not be more than two teams from a conference in one
game the week of the first round. The winner of the opening- region unless a ninth team is se-lected from a conference.
round game will play as a No. 16 seed in the first round at a 15. Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest
Friday-Sunday first-round site to be determined by the committee as possible.
during selection weekend. 16. To ensure equitable competitive opportunities, the committee
3. The committee will assign all four teams in each ‘pod’ (seeds 1, shall not place teams seeded on the first five lines at a potential
16, 8, 9), (4, 13, 5, 12), (2, 15, 7, 10), (3, 14, 6, 11) to the same “home-crowd disadvantage” in the first round.
first-/second-round site. There will be two ‘pods’ at each first- 17. An institution may be moved one bracket line from its true seed
/second-round site. The first-/second-round sites that feed into a line (e.g., from a No. 13 seed to a No. 12 seed) when it is placed
regional site may be in different geographic areas from the in the bracket if necessary to meet the principles.
regional. Also, the two ‘pods’ at a first-/second-round site may Additional Considerations
feed into different regional sites. 1. A team moved out of its natural area will be placed in the next
4. Sixteen levels are established (i.e., the seeds, 1 through 16) in closest region when possible.
the bracket that transcend each of the four regions, permitting 2. If possible, rematches of regular-season games should be avoid-
evaluation of four teams simultaneously on the same level. ed in the first and second rounds.
5. Each region is divided into four sections with four levels in each, 3. If possible, rematches of previous years’ tournament games
permitting the evaluation of four different sections within each should be avoided in the first and second rounds.
region against the complementing sections in every other region. 4. The committee will examine the previous five tournament brack-
6. All seeds on each line (No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, etc.) should be as ets to determine the number of times a par-ticular team or confer-
equal as possible. ence has been moved out of its natural region. The committee
7. If two teams from the same natural region are in contention for shall at-tempt to avoid moving a team or conference out of its nat-
the same bracket position, the team ranked higher in the seed list ural region or geographic area an inordi-nate number of times.
shall remain in its natural region.
Procedures for Placing the Teams into the Championship Bracket.
8. A team will not be permitted to play in any arena in which it has
1. Place the teams seeded 1 through 4 in each of the four regions,
played more than three regular-season games, not including con-
then determine the Final Four semifinals pairings, making best
ference post-season tournaments.
effort to pair the top seed’s region against the fourth seed’s region
9. A host institution’s team shall not be permitted to play at the site
and the second seed’s region against the third seed’s region.
where the institution is hosting. However, the team may play on
2. Place the No. 2 seeds in each region.
the same days when the institution is hosting.
3. Place the No. 3 seeds in each region.
10. Each of the first three teams selected from a conference shall be
4. Place the No. 4 seeds in each region.
placed in different regions.
5. After each group of four teams is determined, check for conflicts
11. No more than one team from a conference may be seeded in the
with the principles for placing the teams into the bracket.
same grouping of four (in line Nos. 1-4 and 13-16) in a region.
6. After the top four lines have been assigned, determine the relative Several independent elements are combined to produce the RPI.
strengths of the regions by adding the true seed numbers in each These elements are a part of the statistical information that can be uti-
region to determine if any severe numerical imbalance has been lized by each member in an objective manner.
7. After the committee has placed the top four teams in each region, Each committee member independently evaluates a vast pool of
the committee will assign those teams (and, subsequently, the information available during the process to develop individual prefer-
other teams in their pods) to first-/second-round sites. The com- ences. It is these subjective opinions--developed after many hours of
mittee will attempt to assign each to the most geographically com- personal observations, discussion with coaches, directors of athletics
patible first-/second-round site, proceeding in order of the seed and commissioners, and review and comparison of objective data--that
list. When multiple teams are a similar distance from a site, the
dictate how each individual ultimately will vote on all issues related to
team with the higher seed-list ranking will be assigned to the site.
8. Place seeds No. 13, 14, 15 and 16 in the bracket per the princi- the selection, seeding and bracketing process.
ples. While the various elements of the RPI are important in the evaluation
9. Repeat steps No. 5, 6 and 7. process, the tournament bracket each year is based on the subjectivity of
10. The committee will assign teams placed on lines 5-12 a bracket each individual committee member to select the best at-large teams
line number (i.e., five through twelve) rather than using the seed
number. All teams on a given line, therefore, will have the same
available and to create a nationally balanced championship.
numerical value. The committee will evaluate each region to
ensure that no region in-cludes all of the highest or lowest seeds
from the seed list on each line within a region's group of four.
Gen-erally, no more than five points should separate the lowest
and highest total.
11. Place seeds No. 5, 6, 7 and 8 in the bracket per the principles.
12. Repeat Steps No. 5, 7 and 10.
13. Place seeds No. 9, 10, 11 and 12 in the bracket per the princi-
14. Repeat Steps No. 5, 7 and 10.
15. Review the groups of fours to ensure adherence to the principles
16. Review the principles (Section III) for placing teams in the cham-
Rating Percentage Index (RPI)
The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) was created in 1981 to provide
supplemental data for the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee in its
evaluation of teams for at-large selection and seeding of the champi-
The RPI is intended to be used as one of many resources used by the
committee in the selection, seeding and bracketing process. It never
should be considered anything but an additional evaluation tool. No
computer program that is based on pure numbers can take into account
subjective concepts, e.g., how well a team is playing down the stretch,
what the loss or return of a top player means to a team, or how emo-
tional a specific conference game may be.
Appendix F RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina
Host: North Carolina State University
Director: Lee Fowler, director of athletics, 919/630-7530
Tournament Personnel Manager: Charlie Cobb, associate athletics director, 919/865-1424
Media Coordinator: Bill Newton, media relations director, 919/515-1180
Opening-Round Site Facility Event Coordinator: Rob Douglas, event coordinator, RBC Center,
Tuesday, March 16 919/861-5469
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio Facility Manager: Dave Olsen, vice president and general manager, RBC
Host: University of Dayton Center, 919/861-2300
Director: Tim Wabler, senior associate director of athletics, 937/229-4108
Manager: Tim O’Connell, associate director of athletics/director of UD KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Arena, 937/229-4613 Host: University of Washington
Media Coordinator: Doug Hauschild, director of sports information/media Director: Barbara Hedges, director of athletics, 206/543-2212
relations, 937/229-4390 Manager: Brian Trent, project manager, 206/789-8192
Facility Event Coordinator/Facility Manager: Matt Uchtman, senior opera- Media Coordinator: Jim Daves, director, media relations, 206/543-2230
tions coordinator, UD Arena, 937/229-4597 Facility Event Coordinator: Edie Burke, event service representative, Key
First-/Second-Round Sites Arena, 206/684-7208
Facility Manager: Jyo Singh, manager, Key Arena, 206/684-7210
Thursday, March 18 and Saturday, March 20
HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York
Co-hosts: Canisius College, Niagara University and the Metro Atlantic Friday, March 19 and Sunday, March 21
Co-Directors: Tim Dillon, director of athletics, Canisius College, 716/888- Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
2972 ; Mike Hermann, director of athletics, Niagara University, 716/695- Host: Ohio State University
9995 ; Rich Ensor, commissioner, MAAC, 732/738-5455 Director: Andy Geiger, director of athletics, 614/292-7572
Manager: Joe Del Balso, Assistant Commissioner, MAAC, 732/738-5455 Manager: Richelle Simonson, associate athletics director, 614/292-4792
Media Coordinator: Jill Skotarczak, director of public relations, MAAC, Media Coordinator: Steve Snap, director of athletic communications,
Facility Event Coordinator: John Faso, director of event services, HSBC Facility Event Coordinator: Mary Pat Clark, event manager, Nationwide
Arena, 716-855-4467 Arena, 614/246-3880
Facility Manager: Stan Makowski, senior director, facilities management, Facility Manager: Jay Cooper, general manager, Nationwide Arena,
HSBC Arena, 716/855-4520 614/246-2000
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
Co-hosts: Colorado State University and the Mountain West Conference Host: Big 12 Conference
Director: Craig Thompson, commissioner, MWC, 719/488-4048 Director: Kevin Weiberg, commissioner, 214/742-1212
Manager: Dan Butterly, associate commissioner, MWC, 719/488-4053 Manager: Tim Allen, associate commissioner, 214/753-0104
Media Coordinator: Bob Burda, assistant commissioner, communications, Media Coordinator: Chris Theisen, associate director of media relations,
MWC, 719/488-4046 214/753-0107
Facility Event Coordinator: Dave Jolette, director, event operations, Pepsi Facility Event Coordinator: Mike Young, event coordinator, Kemper
Center, 03/405-8551 Arena, 816/513-4242
Facility Manager: John Scheck, director of booking, Pepsi Center, Facility Manager: Debra Churchill, general manager, Kemper Arena
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Host: Marquette University Regional Sites
Director: Bill Cords, director of athletics, 414/288-5249
Manager: Jim Nasiopulos, associate director of athletics, 414/288-5931 Friday, March 26 and Sunday, March 28
Media Coordinator: To be determined
Facility Event Coordinator: Dan Cardona, director of event services, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Bradley Center, 414/227-0493 Host: Georgia Institute of Technology
Facility Manager: Steve Costello, general manager, Bradley Center, Director: Dave Braine, director of athletics, 404/894-5411
414/227-0797 Manager: Paul Griffin, senior associate athletics director, 404/894-3780
Media Coordinator: Mike Stamus, associate director of communications,
T. D. Waterhouse Centre, Orlando, Florida 404/894-5445
Host: Stetson University Facility Event Coordinator: Susan Chapman, event coordinator, Georgia
Director: Jeff Altier, director of athletics, 386/822-7157 Dome, 404/223-8600
Manager: Richard Skeel, associate athletics director, 386/822-8126 Facility Manager: Carl Adkins, general manager, Georgia Dome,
Media Coordinator: Jamie Bataille, sports information director, 386/822- 404/223-8800
Facility Event Coordinator: Andy Martinez, event coordinator, T. D. Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
Waterhouse Centre, 407/849-2000 Host: Missouri Valley Conference
Facility Manager: Jon Dorman, deputy director, T. D. Waterhouse Centre, Director: Doug Elgin, commissioner, 314/421-0339
407/849-2000. Manager: Joe Mitch, associate commissioner, 314/421-0339
Media Coordinator: Mike Kern, associate commissioner, 314/421-0339
Regional Sites Facility Event Coordinator: Paige Millard, director of event management,
Thursday, March 25 and Saturday, March 27
Facility Manager: Bruce Sommer, executive director, Edward Jones
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Host: Rutgers University
Director: Bob Mulcahy, director of athletics, 732/445-7839
Manager: Kevin MacConnell, 732/445-7816
Media Coordinators: Helen Strus, vice president of event marketing,
Continental Airlines Arena, 201/460-4355 and John Wooding, Director
of Media Relations, Rutgers University, 732/445-4200
Facility Event Coordinator: Michael Graime, director of event operations,
Continental Airlines Arena, 201/460-4361
Facility Manager: Tim Hassett, senior vice president and general manag-
er, Continental Airlines Arena, 201/460-4298
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Host: Arizona State University
Director: Gene Smith, director of athletics, 480/965-6360
Manager: Mike Chismar, associate director of athletic operations and
Media Coordinator: Mark Brand, assistant director of athletics, media rela-
Facility Event Coordinator/Facility Manager: Jim Bochenek, director of
event operations, America West Arena, 602/379-2035
• Dallas, Texas, March 17 and 19, American Airlines Arena (Big
Appendix G 12 Conference, host)
• Auburn Hills, Michigan, March 17 and 19, The Palace of
Future Tournament Sites Auburn Hills (Oakland University, host)
2005 • Greensboro, North Carolina, March 16 and 18, Greensboro
Coliseum (Atlantic Coast Conference, host)
First and Second Rounds • Jacksonville, Florida, March 16 and 18, Veterans Memorial
(March 17 and 19) Coliseum (Jacksonville University, host)
• Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Pavilion (Boise State • Salt Lake City, Utah, March 16 and 18, Jon M. Huntsman
University, host) Center (University of Utah, host)
• Cleveland, Ohio: CSU Convention Center (Cleveland State • San Diego, California, March 16 and 18, Cox Arena (San Diego
University, host) State University, host)
• Indianapolis, Indiana: RCA Dome (Butler University and
Horizon League, co-hosts) Regionals
• Tucson, Arizona: McKale Center (University of Arizona, host) • Washington, D.C., March 24 and 26, MCI Center (Georgetown
(March 18 and 20) • Atlanta, Georgia, March 23 and 25, Georgia Dome (Georgia
• Charlotte, North Carolina: Charlotte Coliseum (Davidson Tech, host)
College, host) • Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 24 and 26, Midwest: Hubert H.
• Nashville, Tennessee: Gaylord Entertainment Center (Ohio Humphrey Metrodome (University of Minnesota, host)
Valley Conference, host) • Oakland, California, March 23 and 25, Oakland Arena
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Ford Arena (Big 12 Conference, (University of San Francisco, host)
• Worcester, Massachusetts: Centrum Centre (College of the Final Fours
Holy Cross, host) • 2005—Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri (Missouri
(March 24 and 26) Valley Conference, host) (April 2 and 4)
• West—Albuquerque, New Mexico: University Arena (University • 2006—RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana (Butler
of New Mexico, host) University/Horizon League, co-hosts) (April 1 and 3)
• Midwest—Chicago, Illinois: Allstate Arena (DePaul University, • 2007—Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia (Georgia Institute of
host) Technology, host) (March 31 and April 2)
• 2008—San Antonio, Texas, April 5 and 7, Alamodome
(March 25 and 27) (University of Texas-San Antonio, host)
• South: Austin, Texas: Frank Erwin Center (University of Texas • 2009—Detroit, Michigan, April 4 and 6, Ford Field (University of
at Austin, host) Detroit Mercy, host)
• East: Syracuse, New York: Carrier Dome (Syracuse • 2010—Indianapolis, Indiana, April 3 and 5, RCA Dome (Butler
University, host) University and Horizon League, co-hosts)
• 2011—Houston, April 2 and 4, Reliant Stadium (University of
2006 Houston, host)
• Dayton, Ohio March 13, UD Arena (University of Dayton, host)
First and Second Rounds
• Dayton, Ohio, March 17 and 19, UD Arena (University of
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 17 and 19, First Union
Center (Atlantic 10 Conference, host)
Future Tournament Dates
Year 1st Round 2nd Round Regionals Finals
2005 Mar. 17, 18 Mar. 19, 20 Mar. 24-27 Apr. 2, 4 Participating Institution Tournament Checklist
2006 Mar. 16, 17 Mar. 18, 19 Mar. 23-26 Apr. 1, 3 This checklist is arranged in chronological order to be of assistance
2007 Mar. 15, 16 Mar. 17, 18 Mar. 22-25 Mar. 31, Apr. 2 to those individuals who have specific institutional responsibilities for
2008 Mar. 20, 21 Mar. 22, 23 Mar. 27-30 Apr. 5, 7 the opening, first and second rounds and regional competition.
2009 Mar. 19, 20 Mar. 21, 22 Mar. 26-29 Apr. 4, 6
2010 Mar. 18, 19 Mar. 20, 21 Mar. 25-28 Apr. 3, 5 ______ Determine and invite official traveling party.
2011 Mar. 17, 18 Mar. 19, 20 Mar. 24-27 Apr. 2, 4
2012 Mar. 15, 16 Mar. 17, 18 Mar. 22-25 Mar. 31, Apr. 2 ______ Determine ticket allocations (e.g., team, official traveling party
2013 Mar. 21, 22 Mar. 23, 24 Mar. 28-31 Apr. 6, 8 and booster group).
2014 Mar. 20, 21 Mar. 22, 23 Mar. 27-30 Apr. 5, 7
______ Determine institutional policy regarding travel expenses for var-
2015 Mar. 19, 20 Mar. 21, 22 Mar. 26-29 Apr. 4, 6
ious groups (e.g.,official traveling party, student-athletes, band
and cheerleaders, etc.).
______ Make official traveling, party arrangements through the NCAA
travel service, Short’s Travel (East Rutherford Regional:
877/562-1153 [firstname.lastname@example.org], St. Louis Regional:
877/562-1155 [email@example.com], Atlanta Regional:
877/562-1154 [firstname.lastname@example.org], Phoenix Regional:
______ Make ground transportation arrangements for team,
band/cheerleaders, boosters and alumni groups (e.g., buses,
rental cars, etc.).
______ Distribute copies of the team manual to all staff members who
may be assigned specific tournament responsibilities (e.g.,
coaches, trainer, manager, designated administrator, sports
information contact, ticket manager, band director and cheer-
______ Call assigned hotel property on Sunday night to get room rate,
room availability, team meeting/banquet rooms, ballroom for
pep rally, etc. Make arrangements for team check-in, billing
and team meals. Fax or e-mail catering and function require-
ments to hotel as soon as possible.
______ By 3 p.m. (local time at the competition site) on the Monday
preceding the competition: Fax or e-mail the Local Media
Credentials List to the host media coordinator and to Bill
Hancock (Fax: 317/917-6827; E-Mail: email@example.com).
[See Appendix No. 1]
______ By 3 p.m. (local time at the competition site) on the Monday
preceding the competition: Fax or e-mail the Participating
Institution Travel/Information Form to the host institution’s tour-
nament manager. [See Appendix No. 2]
______ Prepare an itinerary and review the schedule of events, includ-
ing news conferences, practice schedule, pre-tournament Appendix I
meeting and transition meeting with the coaching staff. NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
______ Review will call and player-guest admissions and other ticket Credentials Criteria
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has reiterated its
______ By noon (local time at the competition site) on the Tuesday opposition to all forms of sports wagering, and encourages the media to
preceding the competition: Fax or e-mail the Will Call and assist in the education of the public with regard to the hazards of sports
Player-Guest Institutional Personnel Form to the host ticket wagering.
manager. [See Appendix No. 3] Requests for working media credentials for first/second rounds and
regionals shall be directed to the host media coordinator. Requests for
______ By noon (local time at the competition site) on the Tuesday the Final Four shall be directed to the NCAA national office.
preceding the competition: Fax or e-mail your assigned hotel
the room list for the team block and notify the hotel whether A “press agency” for purposes of these criteria shall mean a daily or
your institution will use the rooms reserved on a contingency weekly publication, cable system, radio or television station and net-
basis. work requiring immediate news coverage. “Immediate news coverage”
for purposes of these criteria shall mean that the editorial, audio and/or
______ By noon (local time at the competition site) on the Tuesday visual deadline for the tournament action being documented occurs no
preceding the competition: Fax or e-mail the Participating later than 48 hours after the competition at the site has been completed.
Institution Credential Form to the host media coordinator. [See Media agencies that have not been certified for the Final Four, but
Appendix No. 4] represent the geographic area and/or locale of a participating institu-
tion, shall staff the participant’s first- and second-round action in order
______ By noon (local time at the competition site) on the Tuesday to receive credentials to the regional competition. (An entity must staff
preceding the competition: Fax or e-mail the team pass gate the first-round session to receive a credential for the second-round ses-
list to the tournament manager. [See Appendix No. 5] sion; an entity must staff the regional-semifinal session to receive a cre-
dential to the regional final.) Only those media agencies that have
______ Process check request for game tickets and encourage ticket
staffed all of the participant’s tournament competition may qualify for
manager to pay amount due upon receipt of tickets. credentials if that institution advances to the national semifinals and
______ By noon (local time at the competition site) on the day preced- championship game.
ing the first round and regional semifinals: Discuss ticket pro- A press agency or television or radio station in the immediate geo-
cedures and policies with your ticket manager and return any graphic area and/or locale of a participating or host institution that has
pool tickets in the team allocation. staffed its games on a regular basis throughout the season and does not
otherwise meet the criteria may be designated by the participating or
______ At 8:15 p.m. (local time at the competition site) on the day pre- host institution as a “minority media enterprise.” A “minority media
ceding the opening round and at 4:15 p.m. (local time at the enterprise” shall mean a business enterprise involved in the dissemina-
competition site) on the day preceding the first/second rounds tion of sports news to individuals socially or economically disadvan-
and regionals: Submit the band pass gate list and cheer- taged from cultural, racial or chronic economic circumstances or other
leader/mascot pass gate list at the pre-tournament meeting. similar cause. Such persons include, but are not limited to, African
[See Appendix Nos. 6 and 7] Americans, Puerto Ricans, Spanish-speaking Americans and American
Except for television photographers, a credential may be issued only
to an authorized full-time, salaried representative of, or a representative
who regularly and customarily performs services for, such an entity.
Credentials are not transferable.
Membership in a writer’s or broadcaster’s association (e.g., United have a minimum circulation of three million may receive a maxi-
States Basketball Writers Association) does not automatically qualify an mum of four seats and two limited-access credentials. A weekly
agency for credentials. that does not meet this criteria or the criteria that govern media
agencies of the host and participating teams does not qualify for
Subject to limitations of space, credentials at all sites shall be assigned
in accordance with the following priorities:
7. The media coordinator may authorize a media agency to receive
Writers a credential for a “special need.”
a. A specialty publication that is distributed nationally on a regular
Separate publications sharing common ownership may not be com- basis during the basketball season is a media agency that
bined for purposes of meeting circulation or other criteria. may have a “special need” and may receive one seat in the
1. An agency, regardless of circulation, in the geographic are of a overflow press section if space is available.
participating institution qualifies for credentials if it has staffed at b. A “special need” entity that normally provides specific services
least 90 percent of the institution’s home games throughout the for a media agency (e.g., scores) shall not receive credentials
season and each of its games in the NCAA championship. This if many of its clients have been accredited to staff the event.
includes newspapers or other periodicals specifically designed to c. A “special need” entity shall be limited to one credential.
cover the activities and events of a single institution. 8. At the media coordinator’s discretion, one credential may be
2. An agency, regardless of circulation, qualifies for credentials if it issued to a reporter representing the “news side” of the major
has staffed at least 90 percent of the home games of the host newspaper of the participating and/or host institution.
institution throughout the season. 9. A newspaper included on a team’s local media list may receive
3. Any agency with circulation greater than of 60,000 will be identi- additional credentials at a regional site not to exceed the total
fied as “national media” and will qualify for credentials even if it number of credentials it received covering first-/second-round
does not meet the provisions in No. 1 or No. 2 above. Press competition at all sites.
agencies may receive credentials according to the following circu- 10. Credentials may be issued to two individuals, certified by the
lation requirements: director of athletics or designated representative of each partici-
Circulation Credentials pating and host institution, who will be the sole representatives of
60,000 - 99,000 one seat all media organizations affiliated with any such institution.
100,000 - 249,999 one seat, one limited access
250,000 - 349,999 two seats, one limited access
350,000 - 449,999 three seats, one limited access 1. Television stations from the tournament host city each may be
450,000 - 649,999 four seats, one limited access represented by two crews if they are representing multiple, regu-
650,000 - 999,999 five seats, two limited access larly scheduled news programs.
1 million and above six seats, two limited access 2. Television stations from the locale of a participating institution that
(Note: A limited-access credential only permits access to the working-press have staffed at least 90 percent of its home games each may be
room, locker rooms and interview room. A hotel room will be available for an represented by one crew.
individual who receives a limited access credential only if space is available.) 3. Credentials may be assigned to an individual or one crew desig-
nated by a national television network—which may include sepa-
4. Any press agency that has been certified for a Final Four creden- rate requests from the sports, news, entertainment and affiliate
tial shall receive a first-/second-round and/or regional credential divisions—or cable entity that originates a daily sports news pro-
upon request. gram. (Approved agencies are: CBS News Path, CBS World
5. The Associated Press and the primary newspaper(s) that provide News, CBS News, CBS This Morning, NBC News Channel, NBC
daily coverage for the host institution each may receive a maxi- Nightside, NBC World News, NBC Today Show, Good Morning
mum of eight seats and two limited-access credentials at the Final America, CNN, ESPN, FOX, ABC News One, ABC Weekend
Four. News and World News Tonight.)
6. A national weekly publication that has a circulation between 4. Credentials may be assigned to an individual or one crew repre-
500,000 and three million and a national monthly publication with senting a television station in a market area estimated to have
a circulation between 750,000 and three million each may receive represented a minimum of one million U.S. television households
two seats and two limited-access credentials. Publications that
the previous year by the A. C. Nielsen Company. 5. Only a full-time, salaried employee of an online news agency
5. Credentials may be assigned to the following news services: NPI intending to provide actual game coverage (as opposed to pro-
(one seat, one TVC), Conus Communications (one seat, two ducing feature stories) may receive a credential.
TVC), and SNS Sports New satellite (one seat, two TVC), 6. To qualify for a credential, online entities not associated with one
National Sports and Entertainment (one seat, one TVC), and of the competing teams must have registered at least one million
Christian Broadcasting Network (one seat, one TVC). unique users per month in each of the past 12 months.
6. A crew includes a maximum of three people: one talent (media 7. An online entity may receive a credential only if its own full-time
credential), one photographer and one audio technician or pro- staff writes an overwhelming percentage of that site’s material.
ducer (television-compound credentials) plus a fourth for a techni- 8. Only online agencies that staff college basketball games regularly
cian who is responsible for maintenance of a satellite truck that (weekly at a minimum) and publish material regarding college
may be parked at the arena (television-compound credential.) basketball will receive credentials.
Radio 9. Online entities will not receive photography credentials.
10. Each participating institution may receive one credential for its offi-
1. One media credential may be assigned to the following radio enti- cial online site, in addition to the two credentials noted under Print,
ties: AP, ABC, CBS, CNN Radio, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, No. 11. Other online entities that operate only fan-based Web
Sporting News Radio, USA Radio Network, Mutual Broadcasting, sites will not receive credentials.
NBC, Echlin Sports Service, National Public Radio, Voice of
11.Representatives of online agencies will receive seats in the court-
America, Sports Byline USA and UPI Audio.
side media-seating area on a space-available basis only. If court-
2. One media credential may be assigned to a radio station in a
side seats are not available, these representatives shall sit in the
market area representing at least one million radio homes that
upper press box (if space is available) or the backstage media
regularly (10 or more) originates college basketball games and a
work area during the games.
daily “sports talk” program.
12.Any online service that is recognized as an outlet intended primari-
3. One media credential may be assigned to a radio station in the
geographic area of the host or a participating team that regularly ly for the purpose of delivering news related to the recruitment of
(10 or more) originates college basketball games and a daily student-athletes will not qualify for credentials.
“sports talk” program, or that has staffed at least 90 percent of the Agencies Not Eligible
home games of that team.
1. Representatives staffing Web sites, specialty publications (includ-
Each radio station that has purchased live broadcasting rights is limit- ing books and magazines), score-reporting services, other college
ed to the number of individuals required to originate 90 percent of its newspapers or magazines, professional basketball teams and
games during the regular season, up to a maximum of four credentials. telephone reporting services shall not be accredited for creden-
If an institution is represented by more than one originating radio out- tials.
let, Host Communications, Inc., will work with the NCAA and the host 2. A press credential may not be authorized to a media representa-
institution to determine the number of seats that shall be assigned to tive or an individual normally identified as a media representative
each agency. for the primary purpose of authoring a book about a coach, ath-
Online lete or participating institution.
3. The following will not be accredited for working press or photogra-
1. The official NCAA Web site will receive credentials. phy credentials: television shows produced by a syndicator or
2. The official Web site of a competing institution, as approved by independent producer for or by a head basketball coach of a par-
that school’s sports information department, may receive a maxi- ticipating or host institution, syndicated television or cable pro-
mum of two credentials. grammers.
3. A print, radio or television agency will not receive more creden-
tials than the number provided for elsewhere in this document. Print Photographers
An agency may allot one (or more) of its credentials to its online
Sports editors shall request all photography credentials. Most media
agencies will be limited to one credential. At a regional site, the major
4. An online entity not associated with another media agency (e.g., a
newspaper(s) from the locale of a participating team may receive a sec-
“traditional” print, radio or television agency) may qualify for one
credential unless otherwise noted in these policies.
ond photography credential.
“Immediate news coverage” for purposes of these criteria shall mean International Media Agencies (Final Four Only)
that the editorial deadline for the tournament action being documented
When space is available, credentials (writer and/or photographer)
occurs no later than 24 hours after the competition at that site has been
will be issued to a full-time, salaried employee, or a representative who
regularly and customarily performs services, for:
Subject to limitations of space, photography credentials shall be a. A newspaper that has a minimum circulation of five percent of the
assigned to agencies requiring immediate news coverage in accordance total population of the country;
with the following priorities: b. A specialty publication that has a minimum circulation of one per-
1. Two photographers, certified by the director of athletics or desig- cent of the total population of the country;
nated representative of each participating and host institution, will c. The official publication of the country’s basketball federation;
be the sole representatives of all media organizations affiliated d. A television station that has a signal reaching 25 percent of the
with such institutions and all media organizations whose coverage homes in the country;
primarily is directed to any such institution and its activities. e. Each of the two largest sports networks in the country.
2. The primary press agencies at the competition site that have Credential Policies
staffed at least 90 percent of the home games of the host institu-
tion or conference may receive a maximum of three (two floor) The following will be printed the front of all credentials:
credentials. By accepting this credential the bearer agrees to the conditions on the
3. The Associated Press may receive four (three floor level) creden- reverse side hereof.
tials. Sports Illustrated magazine, Reuters and USA Today each
may receive three (two floor level) credentials. The Sporting News The following will be printed on the back of all credentials:
magazine and Knight-Ridder each may receive two (one floor) CONDITIONS PLACED ON USE OF CREDENTIALS
credentials. Getty Images may receive one photo credential. This working credential is issued for the sole purpose of providing
Each of the above agencies may also receive two photo com- facility access to an accredited agency’s full-time salaried employee
pound credentials. who has a legitimate working function (media or game service) in con-
4. A press agency with a minimum daily circulation of 350,000, a nection with this championship. It is nontransferable. Any unautho-
weekly circulation of 500,000, or a monthly circulation of one mil- rized use of this credential subjects the bearer to ejection from the facili-
lion may receive one photo credential and one photo-compound ty and prosecution for criminal trespass.
credential. Agencies with lower circulations are not eligible,
except as noted in No. 5 below. Any secondary use of any picture, audio description, videotape/film
5. A participating institution may identify four credentials for media or drawing of the game taken or made by the accredited organization
agencies that do not meet the minimum daily or weekly circulation
or individual to whom this credential has been issued (including but
not limited to use in delayed editorial or noneditorial, advertising, sales
requirements. These agencies must have staffed at least 90 per-
promotion or merchandising) is prohibited without prior specific writ-
cent of the institution’s home games throughout the season and
ten approval of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
each of its games in the championship.
6. A “special need” publication shall not receive a photography cre- Television stations, networks or cable systems taping game action
dential. shall utilize the network feed via the video and audio distributing facili-
ties provided by the NCAA. These agencies recognize that any videos
Photo Couriers may be used only in connection with a regularly scheduled television
A maximum of 10 courier credentials will be available at each site. newscast within a seven-day period following the game and the film
Seven will be available to The Associated Press and three will be clip or video portion of each such showing shall not exceed three (3)
reserved for Reuters News Service. AP Photo will be responsible for minutes in length and shall adhere to the specific policies that govern
the length of video and times that it may be aired. Television entities
coordinating the courier service in the arena at all sites for all newspa-
pers except those serviced by Reuters. No other agency will receive a may not air highlights of a game until the CBS broadcast “window”
courier credential. that includes that game has been completed.
Television stations, networks, cable systems, participating institutions
or their designees, are prohibited from making available game film or
video to any other organization even though the planned use may be
editorial in nature without advance written permission from the
NCAA. Such film or video may be aired only by the specific station or Appendix J
entity to whom this credential is issued. These rights may not be
assigned, transferred or otherwise disposed to any person, firm or cor- Game Management Issues
poration. Any agency wishing to use NCAA film or video in any other Following are NCAA policies relative to selected game manage-
manner must obtain written permission for such usage from the ment issues:
NCAA. 1. Elapsed time. The official has the authority to determine the
length of time that may elapse before a "forfeit," "no game" or an
Radio stations that have not purchased rights shall not carry any "interrupted game" is declared. The official shall assess an indirect
broadcast report from courtside on a live basis or any live description of technical foul after a one-minute delay and shall advise the coach
any game action while it is still in progress. A station may report on that if the game is not resumed within the following two minutes,
events of the championship (other than on a live basis from courtside) the game shall be declared either a forfeit (if one team refuses to
for broadcast within a newscast and is not precluded from reporting or play), no game (if both teams refuse to play) or an interrupted
updating the score of a game while it is in progress except from court- game (once a game has begun, if both teams refuse to resume
side or in the arena proper. play).
Television/radio stations, networks or cable systems agree to indem- 2. Penalties.
nify and save harmless NCAA, its officers, agents, employees, and each a. No game, forfeited game or interrupted game. In the event
of its member institutions, their officers, agents and employees, of and that either a no game, a forfeited game or an interrupted game
from any and all claims, demand and causes of action arising out of is declared, the following penalties shall be imposed:
anything done or purported to have been done by the television/radio (1) The share of revenue the conference would have received
stations, networks or cable systems, its agents or assigns. had the institution participated shall be withheld.
(2) The institution shall be prohibited from participating in the
Real-time transmission of streaming video, digital images, real-time subsequent championship.
audio, including play-by-play and statistics, of any game of the champi- (3) The involved head coach shall be prohibited from participat-
onship is exclusive to the NCAA’s web site and/or any other web site ing in the next basketball championship in which the institu-
designated by the NCAA and its rightsholders. “Real-time” is defined tion where the coach is employed is selected as either an
as “live, continuous play-by-play or description of an event.” automatic qualifier or an at-large representative.
b. Delay of game. If one team chooses to either delay the start
The aforementioned further agrees to release the NCAA and all per- of a game or the continuation of a game, officials shall assess
sons and educational institutions involved in the management or pro- an indirect technical foul after a one-minute delay and advise
duction of the competition from any claim or liability arising from fail- the coach that if the game is not resumed within the next two
ure to provide space for telecasting/broadcasting, or other facilities for minutes, the game shall be declared a "forfeit."
the television/radio station, network or cable system. If the game is continued before being declared a forfeit,
Acceptance of this credential constitutes agreement by the bearer and misconduct provisions shall be considered by the committee
his or her organization to abide by the foregoing conditions. Thank you depending upon the specific details relative to the delay of
for your cooperation. the game.
3. Advancement in the tournament.
a. No game or interrupted game. In the event that either a no
game or an interrupted game is declared, the game will not be
re-scheduled nor will either team advance in the bracket.
[Note: The next opponent would receive a "bye."]
b. Forfeited game. In the event that a forfeit is declared, the
team receiving the forfeit shall advance to the next round of
Appendix K Judicial Procedures
The NCAA also utilizes state counterfeiting statutes which provide
NCAA Licensing Program criminal remedies against any individual or company involved in the
production, distribution, sale, or offering for sale of any infringing or
License Agreement counterfeit goods bearing the NCAA’s marks.
A license agreement with the NCAA grants a manufacturer the right
to use certain NCAA-related designations, including each year’s cham- NCAA Trademarks and Logos
pionship logos, on specific articles of merchandise pursuant to condi- All rights to the identifying marks and symbols of the NCAA are
tions and restrictions set forth in the agreement. The agreement also reserved. No one may reproduce or copy them except with the permis-
grants the right to use NCAA trademarks and logos in advertising, pro- sion of the NCAA and never to endorse either directly or indirectly a
motion and merchandising of these articles subject to prior approval by product, service or commercial venture without a written license.
the NCAA. Vigorous legal action will be taken against violators.
A license agreement does not indicate the endorsement of the NCAA These trademarks may NOT be used to refer to other championships
for a product. The NCAA does not endorse products covered in license (i.e., the semifinals of any championship other than Division I Men’s
agreements; the NCAA only permits use of its registered trademarks and Women’s basketball may not be referred to as “The Final Four,”
for products that have met strict standards of excellence and quality, “final four” or “Final Four”).
and that enhance the image of the NCAA.
Local Organizing Committee Assistance
“Officially Licensed Product” The host institution and/or local organizing committee (LOC) can be
By the terms of a license agreement, a product is “officially licensed” of significant assistance to the NCAA in its efforts to protect its marks.
by the NCAA, and the NCAA urges its licensees to advertise this asso- The NCAA may ask the LOC to:
ciation. Provide the names and addresses of retail establishments in the area
A licensee can communicate its association with the NCAA through of the championship and, in particular, any contact with a downtown
advertising, packaging and promotional copy for licensed products. It merchants association.
may state that the merchandise is an “Officially Licensed Product of the Provide access to local media, print and electronic, for the national
NCAA.” Products under the license must bear an approved hangtag or office staff to provide NCAA licensing guidelines and enforcement pro-
label stating that the product is licensed. ceedings for championships.
Protection of NCAA Registered Marks Provide the NCAA with city, county and state administrative and
law enforcement personnel for purposes of organizing a trademark
The NCAA’s marks are protected under both federal and state statu- enforcement effort.
tory and common law principles, which enables the NCAA to protect Present the NCAA to local media to discuss the trademark enforce-
against the unauthorized and/or counterfeit use of its marks by third ment effort. This should be an ongoing dialogue between media and
parties. the NCAA staff during the 90 days before the championship and dur-
ing the championship competition.
Present the NCAA to the chamber of commerce, downtown mer-
Under the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. 1114), the unauthorized produc- chants association and/or other comparable organizations regarding
tion, distribution, sale, offering for sale, or advertising of any goods or this enforcement activity.
services displaying a registered mark of the NCAA may also obtain an
ex parte seizure order from the court authorizing the seizure of goods Disseminate information regarding NCAA registrations and names
displaying a counterfeit mark, the means used in the production of such and contacts of NCAA licensees to merchants.
goods, and any records documenting the manufacture, sale or receipt of Monitor the marketplace for infringements on merchandise or in
items as a result of the counterfeit use. advertising or promotion and forward information to the NCAA staff.
For more licensing information please contact:
NCAA NCAA Championship Merchandising Policies
Cory Moss The NCAA retains the exclusive right to sell souvenir products at all
The Collegiate Licensing Company rounds and sites of the 88 National Collegiate Championships; host
770/956-0520 institutions and sponsoring agencies for all NCAA championships are
The NCAA has licensed the exclusive right to sell NCAA licensed required to sell items provided by the official NCAA event souvenir
merchandise at championship venues to Event 1, a subsidiary of Gear merchandiser.
For Sport, Inc. For information regarding the NCAA’s souvenir mer- The official NCAA event souvenir merchandiser is Event 1, Inc.
chandise sales program please contact: which has purchased souvenir merchandising rights to all sites of all
Melissa Caito National Collegiate Championships.
NCAA Event 1 will enter into an agreement with the official vendor of the
317/917-6222 host institution or sponsoring agency to vend product at the site of the
Joe Streck championship event. Event 1 will supply merchandise, vending sup-
Event 1 plies, and inventory reconciliation forms as necessary to the official ven-
913/693-2106 dor. The official vendor of the host institution or sponsoring agency at
the site of the championship(s) is responsible for complete retail vend-
ing accountability, including full responsibility for inventory and, as
such, must provide:
A. Inventory accounting upon arrival of merchandise from Event 1.
B. Immediate notification (within 24 hours of receipt) to Event 1 of
any discrepancies in initial inventory counts (non-notification will
represent host or vendor acceptance of initial inventory provided
by Event 1.
C. Total management, control, and accountability of the merchan-
dise. If goods are lost, stolen or damaged, those goods are the
responsibility of the host institution or vendor.
D. At the conclusion of the event, the sum of all monies and invento-
ry equal to the retail value of initial inventory plus any additional
merchandise supplied by Event 1 during the course of the event.
E. An appropriate number of selling locations and sellers throughout
the facility in order to meet the demands of the projected crowds.
F. Selling locations that are well displayed and fully stocked prior to
the public’s access to them.
G. Strict adherence to the merchandising and display standards set
• Merchandise made available for sale at all times during the
• Each item neatly displayed with correct prices clearly marked.
• Neatly dressed personnel that are customer-oriented.
• Skirted tables for display and checkout.
• Display boards and grids. • Tents or shelters for outside events.
• Tents, sheltered areas or other means of protection from • Electricity and phone lines to support the merchandise sales
inclement weather. effort.
• Keeping selling areas clean and neat at all times. • Equipment for moving merchandise on site.
• Re-stocking of back-up inventory in a fast and efficient man- Should a championship site have a prior contractual relationship with
ner. vendors that cannot be waived for NCAA Championship competition,
• Calling Event 1 to request re-orders should sales warrant. Event 1, when supplied with written proof of the contract, is required to
H. A complete inventory accounting of all merchandise sold with a make the vending opportunity available to the facility’s vendor.
final inventory count and merchandising report supplied to Event
1 no later than 24 hours after the conclusion of the event. The host institution/conference must notify Event 1 if it has an exist-
I. Total gross sales revenues and a final copy of the inventory ing contract that will prohibit Event 1 from supplying vendors for this
report must be sent to Event 1 within 10 business days of the event.
conclusion of the event. Questions relative to merchandising should be directed to Event 1 or
J. The remaining inventory forwarded to Event 1 or the next event Erika Wise, brand licensing manager, (317/917-6222, e-mail:
site as determined by Event 1 within 2 days of the conclusion of firstname.lastname@example.org).
Having met each of the above requirements, Event 1 will pay to the
host institution/conference, sponsoring agency or its assigned vendor,
a commission equal to 20% of sales net of taxes and credit card service
fees. Commissions will be paid within 30 days of receiving all revenues
and inventory and having satisfied full audit and compliance.
The host institution/conference may not sell or allow for sale any
merchandise that infringes upon the exclusive rights of Event 1.
The host institution may sell merchandise that features the host insti-
tutional mark or logo at NCAA competition under the conditions that
the host institution/conference or official vendor has guaranteed to
purchase all product from the NCAA event merchandiser at the site of
the competition, and the host institution/conference or official vendor
has agreed to provide the NCAA championships department 25 per-
cent of sales (net of taxes and credit card service fees) of all non-NCAA
championship merchandise. The quantity of NCAA merchandise
available for sale shall not be less than a comparable shipment to a com-
parable site of the previous year’s championship [NCAA Bylaw 31.6.2-
If the host institution/conference cannot agree to the terms as set
forth above, it may accept a buy-out offer from Event 1. In case of a
buy-out offer being made by Event 1 the host institution/conference or
sponsoring agency will be paid 10% of sales, net of taxes and credit card
usage fees, if the host institution/conference provides all of the follow-
• Merchandise receiving.
• Locked and supervised storage adequate to accommodate all
• Covered and/or skirted tables.
• Merchandising display booths and/or display carts.
d. On “open” practice day, these representatives may videotape
Appendix M from the end zones or behind the last row of media seating or
from the public seating area.
Mini-Cam Policies e. Locker rooms are open for postgame coverage.
1. CBS is the only television entity that may transmit live from inside Editing in the video distribution area is permitted any time the
the arena from open-practice day until the day after competition workroom is open to the media.
ends at that site.
2. Only CBS Sports and NCAA Productions are authorized to use
mini-camera equipment in the arena during tournament competi-
tion. CBS Sports and NCAA Productions have no time restric-
tions except when the arena is closed for team practice or other
activities approved by the basketball committee.
3. If a non-originating television station, network or local cable origi-
nation channel desires to receive videotape and audio of tourna-
ment games, international sound, crowd/team “color” activities
and all formal news conferences, it must take a feed from the
video and audio distribution facilities provided by the NCAA at
the arena. Any videotape or audio highlight excerpts received
from the distribution facilities that are aired by a telecaster shall
include an on-air “Courtesy CBS Sports.”
a. Camerapersons representing these telecasters are not per-
mitted to photograph game action or formal news confer-
ences and will not have courtside access except as noted
(1)Non-originating telecasters have access to the arena floor
until 75 minutes before the first game in each session.
During this time, mini-cam operators may work from the
end zones only.
(2)Access for the second session at a first-round site begins
when CBS Sports discontinues its first-session coverage
from the site and continues until 75 minutes before tip-off
of the first game of the next session. (NOTE: The floor
may not be available, depending upon the time between
(3)From that time, the floor (and all other areas from which
the playing floor may be seen) shall remain off limits to all
television or cable cinematographers until CBS Sports has
discontinued its coverage of the session.
(4)Camerapersons shall not return to the arena floor between
games of a session.
b. The media coordinator shall identify an area off the court for
all television and cable representatives to wait until CBS has
discontinued its coverage from the site. They then will be
escorted to the court when it is available.
c. Video equipment is limited to the locker rooms, interview
room or work room during the restricted-access times.
Appendix N First and Second Rounds
Day Before First and Second Rounds
Tentative Schedule of Events General
(All times local) 9 a.m. Work areas and courtside open to media
10 a.m. Sports information directors meeting with media coordinator
Opening Round 10:30 a.m. Team entrance opens
11 a.m. Arena doors open to public
Day Before Opening Round
4:15 p.m. Pre-tournament meeting
4:30 p.m. Strobe test
2 p.m. Work areas and courtside open to media
5 p.m. Sports information directors meeting with media coordinator 5 p.m. Media bufffet
5 p.m. Arena doors open to public Practices (open to media and general public)
8:15 p.m. Pre-tournament meeting Noon-12:50 p.m. Game No. 1 Lower Seed
Practices (open to media and general public) 1-1:50 p.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed
6-6:50 p.m. Team A (by alphabetical order) 2:10-3 p.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed
7:10-8 p.m. Team B (by alphabetical order) 3:10-4 p.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed
5-5:50 p.m. Game No. 3 Higher Seed
News Conferences in Interview Room 6-6:50 p.m. Game No. 4 Higher Seed
6:30-6:45 p.m. Team B student-athletes 7:10-8 p.m. Game No. 3 Lower Seed
6:45-7 p.m. Team B coach 8:10-9 p.m. Game No. 4 Lower Seed
7-7:15 p.m. Team A student-athletes
7:15-7:30 p.m. Team A coach News Conferences in Interview Room
1 p.m Game No. 1 Lower Seed student-athletes
Media Activities Outside Interview Room 1:15 p.m. Game No. 1 Lower Seed coach
Each team’s top seven student-athletes (and others requested by the 1:30 p.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed student-athletes
media) who are not in the interview room shall be available to the 1:45 p.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed coach
media in the locker room during the time the coach and selected 2 p.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed student-athletes
student-athletes are participating in the news conference. 2:15 p.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed coach
Opening-Round Game Day 2:30 p.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed student-athletes
General 2:45 p.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed coach
9 a.m. Game officials meeting at officials hotel 6 p.m. Game No. 3 Higher Seed student-athletes
4 hours before game Backstage work areas open to media 6:15 p.m. Game No. 3 Higher Seed coach
2 hours before game Courtside open to media *** 6:30 p.m. Game No. 3 Lower Seed student-athletes
2 hours before game Arena doors open to public 6:45 p.m. Game No. 3 Lower Seed coach
1.5 hours before game Media buffet 7 p.m. Game No. 4 Higher Seed student-athletes
7 p.m. Opening-round game 7:15 p.m. Game No. 4 Higher Seed coach
7:30 p.m. Game No. 4 Lower Seed student-athletes
Each team will be offered 50 minutes of practice time. There shall be 7:45 p.m. Game No. 4 Lower Seed coach
five time slots, concluding two hours before game time. The teams Media Activities Outside Interview Room
will select the actual practice time at the pre-tournament meeting. Each team’s top seven student-athletes (and any other individuals
Team A shall choose its practice time first. There shall be a 10-minute requested by the media) who are not in the interview room shall be
break between each practice. available to the media in the locker room area during the time the
*** Representatives of CBS Sports, selected still-photography techni- coach and selected student-athletes are participating in the news con-
cians and rights-holding radio networks have access to courtside as ference.
soon as the arena opens to set up equipment, rehearse and perform
other administrative duties. No still photos, videotaping or interviews
First-Round Game Day Second-Round Game Day
General Each team shall be offered 30 minutes of practice time, with a 10-
8 a.m. Game officials meeting at officials hotel minute break between each practice. There shall be two consecutive
1 hour before practice Team entrance opens 90-minute "time windows." The first shall be for the participants in the
4 hours before game Backstage work areas open to media first game and the second window shall be for the participants in the
2 hours before game Courtside open to media *** second game.
1.5 hours before game Arena doors open to public The second window will conclude two hours before tip-off of the
TBA First-Round Game No. 1 first game.
TBA First-Round Game No. 2 The teams will select the actual practice times at the transition meet-
Between sessions Media buffet ing. The higher-seeded team in each game shall choose its practice
TBA First-Round Game No. 3 time first.
TBA First-Round Game No. 4 4 hours before game Backstage work areas open to media
2 hours before game Courtside open to media ***
Practices (if within two hours of tip-off, open to media) 2 hours before game Arena doors open to public
8 a.m. Game No. 1 Lower Seed 1.5 hours before game Media buffet
8:20 a.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed TBA Second-Round Game No. 1
8:40 a.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed TBA Second-Round Game No. 2
9 a.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed
9:20 a.m. Game No. 3 Lower Seed
9:40 a.m. Game No. 3 Higher Seed Regionals
10 a.m. Game No. 4 Lower Seed
Day Before Regional Semifinals
10:20 a.m. Game No. 4 Higher Seed General
9 a.m. Work areas and courtside open to media
Day Between First and Second Rounds 10 a.m. Sports information directors meeting with media
10:30 a.m. Backstage work areas open to media 10:30 a.m. Team entrance opens
Noon Transition meeting 11 a.m. Arena doors open to public
Practices (closed) noon Media bufffet
Noon-1:30 p.m. Game No. 1 Winner 4:15 p.m. Pre-tournament meeting
1:35-3:05 p.m. Game No. 3 Winner 4:30 p.m. Strobe Test
3:10-4:40 p.m. Game No. 2 Winner
4:45-6:15 p.m. Game No. 4 Winner Practices (open to media and general public)
News Conferences in Interview Room Noon-12:50 p.m. Game No. 1 Lower Seed
1:35-1:55 p.m. Game No. 1 Winner student-athletes 1-1:50 p.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed
1:55-2:15 p.m. Game No. 1 Winner coach 2:10-3 p.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed
2:15-2:35 p.m. Game No. 2 Winner student-athletes 3:10-4 p.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed
2:35-2:55 p.m. Game No. 2 Winner coach
3:10-3:30 p.m. Game No. 3 Winner student-athletes News Conferences in Interview Room
3:30-3:50 p.m. Game No. 3 Winner coach 1-1:15 p.m. Game No. 1 Lower Seed coach
3:50-4:10 p.m. Game No. 4 Winner student-athletes 1:15-1:30 p.m. Game No. 1 Lower Seed student-athletes
4:10-4:30 p.m. Game No. 4 Winner coach 1:30-1:45 p.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed student-athletes
1:45-2 p.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed coach
Media Activities Outside Interview Room 2-2:15 p.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed coach
Each team’s top seven student-athletes (and any other individuals
2:15-2:30 p.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed student-athletes
requested by the media) who are not in the interview room shall be 2:30-2:45 p.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed student-athletes
available to the media in the locker room area during the time the 2:45-3 p.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed coach
coach and selected student-athletes are participating in the news con-
Media Activities Outside Interview Room 2:35-3:05 p.m. Game No. 1 Winner student-athletes and coach on dais
Each team’s top seven student-athletes (and any other individuals 3:05-3:25 p.m. Individual news conferences, coach on dais, student-ath-
requested by the media) who are not in the interview room shall be letes in breakout rooms
available to the media in the locker room area during the time the Media Activities Outside Interview Room
coach and selected student-athletes are participating in the news 1-1:30 p.m. Game No. 2 Winner student-athletes and coach inter-
conference. view with CBS Sports
1-1:30 p.m. Game No. 1 Lower Seed student-athletes available for 3:30-4 p.m. Game No. 1 Winner student-athletes and coach inter-
interviews in locker room view with CBS Sports
1:15-1:30 p.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed coach, CBS interview Each team’s top seven student-athletes (and any other individuals
1:30-1:45 p.m. Game No. 1 Lower Seed coach, CBS interview requested by the media) who are not in the interview room shall be
1:30-2 p.m. Game No. 1 Higher Seed student-athletes available for available to the media in the locker room area during the time the
interviews in locker room. coach and selected student-athletes are in the interview room.
2-2:30 p.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed student-athletes available for
interviews in locker room Day of Regional Championship
2:15-2:30 p.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed coach, CBS interview Practice (closed)
2:30-2:45 p.m. Game No. 2 Lower Seed coach, CBS interview Each team shall be offered 60 minutes of practice time, with a 10-
2:30-3 p.m. Game No. 2 Higher Seed student-athletes available for minute break between each practice. There shall be five one-hour time
interviews in locker room slots, concluding two hours before game time. The teams will select
Day of Regional Semifinals the actual practice times at the transition meeting, with the higher-seed
General having first choice.
10 a.m. Backstage work areas open to media General
1 hour before practice Team entrance opens 4 hours before game Backstage work areas open to media
2 hours before game Courtside open to media *** 1 hour before first practice Team entrance opens
2 hours before game Arena doors open to public 2 hours before game Courtside open to media ***
2 hours before game Media Buffet 2 hours before game Arena doors open to public
TBA Regional Semifinal Game No. 1 2 hours before game Media Buffet
TBA Regional Semifinal Game No. 2 TBA Regional championship game
Practices (closed) *** Representatives of CBS Sports, selected still-photography techni-
Each team shall be offered 60 minutes of practice time. There shall cians and rights-holding radio networks have access to courtside as
be seven 60-minute time slots. The final window will conclude three soon as the arena opens to set up equipment, rehearse and perform
hours before tip-off of the first game. The teams will select the actual other administrative duties. No still photos, videotaping or interviews
times at the pre-tournament meeting. Teams in the first game shall are permitted.
choose their practice times first, with the higher seeded team choosing Final Four
Day Before National Semifinals
Day Before Regional Championship (All activities below will be held in the facility
General Practices are open to media and public.)
10:30 a.m. Backstage work areas open to media Game No. 1 Lower Seed
Noon Transition meeting Noon-12:50 p.m. Practice
Practices (closed) Head Coach’s Schedule
1-2:30 p.m. Game No. 1 Winner 11:30-Noon Individual interviews with CBS, NCAA Productions and
2:35-4:05 p.m. Game No. 2 Winner NCAA Radio
1-1:15 p.m. News conference in interview room
News Conferences in Interview Room
1:20-1:30 p.m. Joint CBS interview with other Game No. 1 coach
1:30-2 p.m. Game No. 2 Winner student-athletes and coach on dais
1:45- 2:15 p.m. Sports-wagering awareness session
2-2:20 p.m. Game No. 2 Winner Individual news conferences, coach
on dais, student-athletes in breakout rooms
Student-Athletes’ Schedule Head Coach’s Schedule
11:30-noon Individual interviews with CBS, NCAA Productions and 1:15-1:45 p.m. Sports-wagering awareness session
NCAA Radio (selected student-athletes) 1:45-2:15 p.m. Individual interviews with CBS, NCAA Productions and
1-1:30 p.m. Individual interviews outside locker room NCAA Radio
1:15-1:30 p.m. News conference in interview room (selected student- 2:20-2:30 p.m. Joint CBS interview with other Game No. 2 coach
athletes) 2:45-3 p.m. News conference in interview room
1:45-2:15 p.m. Sports-wagering awareness session Student-Athletes’ Schedule
Game No. 2 Lower Seed 1:15-1:45 p.m. Sports-wagering awareness session
1:45-2:15 p.m. Individual interviews with CBS, NCAA Productions and
1-1:50 p.m. Practice NCAA Radio (selected student-athletes)
2:30-3 p.m. Individual interviews outside locker room
Head Coach’s Schedule 2:30-2:45 p.m. News conference in interview room (selected student-
2-2:15 p.m. News conference in interview room athletes)
2:20-2:30 p.m. Joint CBS interview with other Game No. 2 coach 4:15 p.m. Pre-tournament meeting
2:45-3:15 p.m. Sports-wagering awareness session
3:15-3:45 p.m. Individual interviews with CBS, NCAA Productions and
NCAA Radio Day of National Semifinals
Student-Athletes’ Schedule Practice (closed)
2-2:30 p.m. Individual interviews outside locker room Each team shall be offered one hour of practice time. There shall be
2:15-2:30 p.m. News conference in interview room (selected student- five one-hour time slots, with a 10-minute break before each practice.
athletes) The final window will conclude on the nearest half-hour five hours
2:45-3:15 p.m. Sports-wagering awareness session before tip-off of the first game. The teams will select the actual times
3:15-3:45 p.m. Individual interviews with CBS, NCAA Productions and
at the pre-tournament meeting. Teams in the first game shall choose
their practice times first, with the higher-seeded team choosing first.
5:07 p.m. Central: Semifinal Game No. 1 (subject to change)
Game No. 1 Higher Seed 35 minutes after conclusion: Semifinal Game No. 2
2:10-3 p.m. Practice Day Before National Championship Game
Head Coach’s Schedule 12:30 p.m. Transition Meeting
12:45-1:15 p.m. Individual interviews with CBS, NCAA Productions and Winner of Semifinal Game No. 1
NCAA Radio 11-11:30 a.m. News Conference, Game No. 1 Winner student-athletes
1:20-1:30 p.m. Joint CBS interview with other Game No. 1 coach and coach on dais
1:45-2 p.m. News conference in interview room 11:35 a.m.- Individual news conferences, coach on dais, student-
3:15-3:45 p.m. Sports-wagering awareness session 12:05 p.m. athletes in breakout rooms
12:10-12:20 p.m. Coaches joint interview with CBS Sports
Student-Athletes’ Schedule 12:25-12:55 p.m. Student-athletes and coach available for individual inter-
12:45-1:15 p.m. Individual interviews with CBS, NCAA Productions and views with CBS Sports, NCAA Productions and NCAA
NCAA Radio (selected student-athletes) Radio.
1:30-2 p.m. Individual interviews outside locker room Selected other student-athletes available in locker room
1:30-1:45 p.m. News conference in interview room (selected student- 1-2:30 p.m. Practice (closed)
3:15-3:45 p.m. Sports-wagering awareness session
Game No. 2 Higher Seed
3:10-4 p.m. Practice
Winner of Semifinal Game No. 2
12:10-12:20 p.m. Coaches joint interview with CBS Sports Appendix O
12:30-1 p.m. News conference, Game No. 2 Winner student-athletes
and coach on dais Officials
1:05-1:35 p.m. Individual news conferences, coach on dais, student-
athletes in breakout rooms Arrangements for game officials will be made by the Division I Men’s
Basketball Committee. Following are the officiating policies for the 2004
1:55-2:25 p.m. Student-athletes and coach available for individual inter-
views with CBS Sports, NCAA Productions and NCAA
Radio. 1. Selection and Assignments.
Selected other student-athletes available in locker room a. The basketball committee will select and assign all game offi-
cials for the championship. Each automatic-qualifying confer-
2:30-4 p.m. Practice (closed)
ence is guaranteed that a minimum of one of its nominated
game officials, having met the requirements to do so, will be
Day of National Championship Game assigned to the tournament. Non-automatic-qualifying confer-
Practice (closed) *** ences may also nominate game officials from their officiating
Each team shall be offered 60 minutes of practice time. There shall rosters.
b. The commissioner of each conference is required to provide
be five one-hour time slots with a 10-minute break before each prac-
two separate lists to the basketball committee. One list will
tice, concluding five hours before game time. The actual times shall be
rank in order all game officials who worked 10 or more games
established at the transition meeting. The higher-seeded team shall in that conference, number one being the best. The confer-
determine its practice time first. If both teams have the same seed, a ence will identify the names of the game officials whom the
drawing will determine the first team to practice. Teams may chose conference nominates for consideration to work the tourna-
one of the following time slots: ment. The second list will rank, in order, those game officials
Team Practice whom the conference nominates but who worked fewer than
10 games in that conference. No more than two officials
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
should have the same rank. Commissioners will also be asked
9:40 a.m.-10:40 a.m. to provide officiating assignments for the final rounds of each
10:50 a.m.-11:50 a.m. conference post-season tournament. Lists must be submitted
Noon -1 p.m. by each conference no later than February 20.
1:10 - 2:10 p.m. c. Conference commissioners will be asked to include the follow-
8:18 p.m. Central: Championship Game ing information on each nominated official: biographical data,
experience in conference tournaments, exclusions, colleges
*** Representatives of CBS Sports, selected still-photography techni- attended, potential conflicts of interest and any other pertinent
cians and rights-holding radio networks have access to courtside as information.
soon as the arena opens to set up equipment, rehearse and perform d. At its March meeting, the committee will select one three-per-
other administrative duties. No still photos, videotaping or interviews son crew to officiate the opening round, 32 three-person crews
are permitted. (96 officials) to officiate the first round and will assign four
crews to each of the eight first-round sessions. Also, it will
select 56 officials who will remain at a first-/second-round site
to work a second-round game at the site. Once the first-round
games are completed, the committee will assign officials,
including standby officials, will be assigned to the second-
round games. All officials who work in the opening round, first
round or second round (including standbys) are eligible for
assignment to the regionals.
e. Each of the four referees at each first-round site also will serve round session wish to attend the game(s) that will be played
as the standby game official for a game not adjacent to the before their assignment on that day, they will be seated in the
game the individual is assigned to officiate. See No. 10 in this overflow media area.
list. 3. For regionals and the Final Four, officials will not arrive at the
f. On Friday, March 12, 2004, the basketball committee will notify competition site in advance to observe the games they will not be
the game officials selected to officiate the opening-round officiating.
game. Saturday, March 13, the committee will notify the per- 4. At the opening round, first/second rounds and regionals, an offi-
sons selected to officiate the first-/second-round games. cials evaluation committee will rate (not rank) the officials. The
Included with the letter of appointment will be an agreement officials evaluation committee will be composed of a maximum of
that all game officials are required to sign before officiating in three pre-assigned coordinators of basketball officials and chaired
the tournament. The agreement, which also will be distributed by the basketball committee representative. Each member of the
at the game officials’ breakfast meeting, will be collected at the officials evaluation committee will receive a credential for admit-
conclusion of the meeting. The agreement will outline the terms tance and the opportunity to purchase two all-session tickets at
and conditions of the officials’ employment with the NCAA the site.
while officiating in the tournament. 5. No official will be assigned to work any session unless the official
g. The NCAA national office will notify each tournament manager agrees to refrain from entering into any officiating commitment the
of specific assignments for game officials once they are avail- day before the tournament game date. For the Final Four, each
able. On Sunday or Monday before the first round, the tourna- official will agree to not accept any officiating assignment within
ment manager will notify the officials game of whether they will five days of the national semifinals for reasons of health and safe-
work the first round only or both the first- and second-rounds. ty. For all rounds, the official must also agree to be at the site of
h. The committee will consider both quality and neutrality when the game by 9 p.m. the day before the competition. Each game
making the selections. official shall contact the tournament manager immediately upon
i. A telephone conference will be conducted by the basketball arrival or notify the tournament manager of any delays.
committee after the second round to assign crews for regional 6. Game officials are prohibited from making unprofessional, inap-
semifinal and final games. Twelve three-man crews (36 offi- propriate public comments regarding the Division I Men’s
cials) will be assigned to the four regional sites. The 96 first- Basketball Championship, participating coaches and/or student-
round officials will be eligible for a regional assignment. Two athletes before, during or after the championship. Officials who
crews will be assigned to the regional semifinals and one to the violate this policy will jeopardize any future championship officiat-
regional final at each site. All regional game officials will be ing assignments.
7. The NCAA staff will send general information to each official, and
considered as candidates for assignment to the Final Four.
the basketball committee representative will be responsible for
j. Ten officials from the regionals will advance to the Final Four.
briefing officials upon their arrival at the tournament site. A meet-
Of the 10 selected officials, two crews will be assigned to the
ing for officials will be held at 10 a.m. a.m. the day of the opening-
national semifinal games and a third crew will be assigned to
round game, 8 a.m. for the first-round games and regional cham-
work the championship game. One official will serve as the
pionship, 9 a.m. for the regional semifinals and at 8 a.m. for the
standby for all three Final Four games. The committee will
national semifinals and national final at the officials’ hotel. Game
make these assignments no later than the Tuesday preceding
officials will be housed in hotel properties separate from the
the Final Four. teams and their followers and the officials evaluation committee.
k. The officials’ conferences or places of residence will not be 8. The basketball committee member will assign the game officials
released to the media or public. to the games they are to work and will notify the officials of the
2. After completion of the game that each official works, he or she referee for each game.
may remain at the site and be given the opportunity to purchase a 9. Transportation arrangements shall be made through the NCAA
maximum of two tickets to the remaining game(s). However, per
travel service, Short’s Travel, 866/655-9215. The Association will
diem and expenses will not be paid after the date that each game pay transportation expenses not to exceed coach air fare, or 32
official works. If the officials assigned to work a first-/second- cents per mile, but not including terminal or other local transporta-
tion; $75 per diem; $700 fee per opening-, first- and second-round
game; $850 fee per regional game and $1,200 fee per national
semifinal and championship game. Officials’ room and tax for (USBWA) and, if the network requests, a representative of CBS
opening-round, first-/second-round and regional games will be television shall accompany the committee representative to the offi-
paid by the host institution/conference and reported on the host cials locker room to receive an interpretation in order to enhance
institution/conference’s financial report. Officiating fees will be the public’s understanding of activities that occurred. No cameras
paid directly by the NCAA. Two tickets will be available for each will be permitted. The pool reporter and the CBS representative
official to purchase for any tournament session, regardless of must distribute the information to other media.
whether he or she advances. Officials who are advancing to the Additionally, if the basketball committee representative deems it in
next session will be provided a seat for the game(s) they are not the best interest of the tournament, a pool reporter may be used
working, and officials who do not advance must use one of the to receive an interpretation pertaining to other specific situations.
two tickets they may purchase if they choose to attend the next If the involved game official elects not to speak to the pool
session. reporter, the referee will decide whether the referee or the stand-
10. The standby official shall be in uniform, prepared to work and by official will provide the interpretation on behalf of the officiating
seated at the official scorers’ table. If a standby official replaces a crew.
game official in the first half of a game, the standby official must The interpretation will apply exclusively to the specific situation.
complete that half. In the event that the game official is able to 15. A sports committee or games committee may not require mem-
return after halftime, the game official will work the second half. If bership in any specific officials association as a prerequisite for
a standby official replaces a game official in the second half of the selection to officiate in an NCAA game or tournament. The sports
game, the standby official will complete the game. committee or games committee will ensure that game officials
11. Standby officials will be reimbursed $200 for the opening-round adhere to the Association’s policies related to gambling activities
game and each first-/second-round game and $300 per game for and drug and alcohol use. Furthermore, game officials must con-
subsequent rounds of the tournament. These fees are in addition duct themselves in a manner befitting intercollegiate athletics.
to per diem and ground transportation expenses. For first-round Failure to do so may result in termination of the officiating assign-
sessions, the referee from Game No. 3 will serve as the standby ment.
for Game No. 1; the Game No. 4 referee will serve as standby for
Game No. 2, and the referees from Game Nos. 1 and 2 will serve
as standby officials for Game Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. After
first-round games the basketball committee will designate a sev-
enth game official at each of the eight sites to serve as standby
for the second-round games. After the second round, the basket-
ball committee will identify the official at each site who will serve
as the standby official for the regional semifinals and final.
12. Game officials will wear an NCAA patch on their uniforms while
officiating in NCAA tournament play. Officials may also opt to
wear an American flag patch on the left sleeve of their uniform.
No other patch on the uniform will be permitted, unless approved
by the basketball committee.
13. When seeking clarification of a rules interpretation for the media,
only the game officials working that session, the approved stand-
by official, the designated representative(s) of the basketball com-
mittee, the national coordinator of basketball officials, the tourna-
ment manager and the media coordinator (accompanied by a
member of the basketball committee) will be permitted in the offi-
cials locker room before, during or after a game.
14. When a game includes a potential fighting situation that results in
a technical foul and/or ejection of a participant, a pool reporter
appointed by the United States Basketball Writers Association
Appendix P 10. No photography equipment (i.e., cameras, strobes) shall be
attached to the backboard or goal standards.
Print Photography Policies 11. The media coordinator may approve “special need” requests to
place photography equipment in upper arena areas or under the
first row of press tables opposite the official table. Cameras may
1. A photographer approved to work on the floor level shall secure not protrude more than four inches from under the draping. The
from the media coordinator or representative an armband before media coordinator should consult with Bill Hancock before autho-
the first game in each session. All other photographers are rizing an unmanned camera at any courtside position.
restricted to the upper photography areas. 12. Cameras shall not be installed over the playing court without
2. Individuals assigned by the media coordinator to assist photogra- special permission from the media coordinator. If permission is
phers on the floor and upper photography levels will provide arm- granted, the camera shall be double-secured and in position 24
bands, copies of photo policies, photographers programs and/or hours before the start of the first game. Requests for such
speed cards. Photographers should claim play-by-play and sta- placement shall be made to the media coordinator before March
tistics in the statistical control center. 1.
3. Photographers working the floor level are restricted to the “pho- 13. See Appendix 12-C for information regarding strobe lights.
tographers box” at each end of the playing court except as noted 14. No tripod may be placed on or beside the playing floor.
below. 15. A still photographer shall not use a flash attachment to the cam-
4. The media coordinator will assign reserved spaces for each floor era or any other courtside location.
photographer in the “photographers box.” 16. Photographers will not be admitted to any potential working posi-
5. At no time may photographers work from directly behind the offi- tion over the playing court from 60 minutes prior to the first game
cial table and team benches. of a session until 30 minutes after the second game.
6. Photographers may work from the following areas: Newspapers covering a particular team are not guaranteed a
Practice Day: End zones or from behind Row No. 2 of the court- floor location when that team is not playing.
side media area.
Game Day From the Beginning of Pregame Warm-ups Until End
of Game: End zones only.
Between Games of a Session: End zones or along the sideline
opposite the team benches, to shoot the postgame celebration.
When the celebration ends, the photographers must return to
their end zone positions.
After the Last Game of a Session: Anywhere on the courtside
apron or behind Row No. 2, of the courtside media area to shoot
the postgame celebration or the awards ceremony.
7. A photographer assigned to the second photo row may sit on an
elevation not more than six inches high.
8. Couriers. Couriers and technicians shall not photograph game
action. Mike Feldman, Associated Press, New York, will coordi-
nate the assignment of couriers for AP and most newspapers.
Reuters will coordinate the assignment of its couriers. No indi-
vidual agency may receive a photo courier credential.
9. Only couriers have “in-and-out” access to the arena and these
individuals are required to display a credential and an armband.
They shall not loiter around the playing court or obstruct the view
of any ticket patron.
Appendix Q itself. Any of the aforementioned circumstances will result in a
rights fee for an Internet-only broadcast.
5. Each station or network may use only the maximum number of
Radio Policy seats it required to originate 90 percent of the institution’s games
during the regular season, but in no instance shall more than
1. Westwood One has radio broadcast rights to all sessions of the four seats be reserved. Each participating institution shall pro-
championship, including Internet audio rights (See section 14). vide Westwood One or its designee the names of the broadcast
Westwood One will originate live broadcasts via a national net- crew each station or network employed for all home and away
work. In addition, rights shall be granted to each participating games. If it is represented by multiple radio originations, the insti-
institution’s official radio station or network. tution shall designate to Westwood One or its designee the prior-
2. Institutions’ stations or networks must contact Mike ity of stations or networks and the number of credentials distrib-
Dodson at Host Communications (859/226-4390) or e-mail uted to outlets—not to exceed a total of nine seats.
email@example.com to obtain the broadcast 6. A participating or host institution shall make no additional charge
rights. All stations broadcasting any game of the championship or receive any additional consideration for the rights accorded
must complete a radio agreement and submit it to Mr. Dodson hereunder to the originating station or network.
before the game that will be broadcast. 7. No commercial may relate, directly or indirectly, the advertising
Westwood One or its designee will authorize the form and submit company or the advertised product to the participating institu-
it to the site’s media coordinator. On-site radio-network person- tions or their student-athletes, or the Association itself, unless
nel also should retain a signed copy of the radio agreement for prior written approval has been granted by the NCAA president.
reference. 8. Westwood One and the NCAA reserve the right of final approval
3. No exclusive rights shall be granted, except in those instances for all advertising in any championship.
when a competing institution shall request such rights for a sta- 9. Any station that does not broadcast a game of a championship,
tion or network that contracted for exclusive coverage of the insti- after contracting for such space, shall be required to pay a forfei-
tution’s regular-season games. Such exclusive rights then shall ture fee of 50 percent of the initial rights fee for that particular
be restricted to the markets where exclusivity existed during the championship.
regular season. If more than one institution has radio stations in 10. Only the NCAA Radio Network and CBS television may display
the same market, then exclusive rights shall not be granted in banners at the championship site.
that market. 11. The commercial format used by radio stations shall conform to
4. All rights fees must be paid to Westwood One or its designee in acceptable broadcast standards to ensure a quality broadcast.
advance. Stations will be charged for each game broadcast. If 12. Following are the policies governing radio originations from the
the originating station or any station within the network intends to facility during the tournament by agencies other than Westwood
stream the broadcast over the Internet via their station’s Web site One or the institutions’ official networks.
or any other third-party Web site, then the station’s representa- a. Live programming may not originate from inside the arena on
tives should contact the NCAA for information. The station game days from tipoff of the first game each day at the site
streaming the broadcast is required to supply a link to the official until the end of the last game each day at the site.
NCAA Championships Web site, www.ncaasports.com. b. Agencies that do not own play-by-play rights may generate
The per-game rights fees are as follows: live programming (e.g., news reports, call-in show participa-
Originating commercial station - $600 tion) at times other than the period described in 12- A, as
All affiliates joining a network - $150 per station noted below. Such programming may originate only fromthe
Non-commercial station that feeds a commercial station - $250 media workroom.
Additional Internet streaming fee - $100 (See section 13) (1) Agencies that are affiliates of Westwood One or partici-
Commercial Internet-only fee - $100 (See section 13) pating institution’s network may generate live program-
(A rights fee will be waived for any non-commercial, university- ming for a maximum of ten minutes per hour.
funded, student-run radio station. The rights fee will be waived (2) Agencies that are not affiliates of Westwood One or the
for Internet-only broadcast if there are no commercials, spon- institutions’ networks may generate live programming-
sored elements or underwriting spots within the broadcast itself. for a maximum of one minute per hour.
In addition, there cannot be any advertising on the audio player
c. Any station or network may report by tape delay on the
events of the championship at any time for broadcast within Appendix R
the framework of general and sports newscasts. Strobe Lights
13. Westwood One has exclusive Internet streaming rights and will
do so in one of the following two ways: (Westwood One and the
NCAA will notify participating institutions of the chosen policy.) A maximum of three sets of strobe lights may be installed at an arena
a. Any station or network intending to stream its broadcast must for media agencies requiring immediate news coverage. The placement
do so by providing the stream to Westwood One, which of the units must be approved by the NCAA.
would then make the link available on www.NCAAsports.com
as a complimentary element of a subscription package. The purpose of this policy is to provide the fullest high-quality still
Participating institutions, stations and/or networks would photographic coverage possible for media agencies in deadline situa-
advise patrons to access the stream at NCAAsports.com. tions without seriously affecting the quality of the network telecasts of
Under this scenario, the NCAA and Westwood One would the games.
waive all Internet streaming rights fees. 1. Following are the strobe-use priorities:
b. In the event that NCAAsports.com does not aggregate all a. Sports Illustrated.
Internet streams through its subscription package, each par- b. The Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today. (These
ticipating institution, station or network would provide the agencies shall pool one set of strobe lights unless Priority “a”
stream directly from its own Internet site, and would also pro- or “c” is not enacted.)
vide a link to NCAAsports.com. Stations or networks would c. A single pool unit for all other media agencies may be
be charged an Internet streaming rights fee as described in installed upon the approval of the NCAA.
Section No. 4. Should Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, Reuters or USA
14. Questions regarding these policies may be directed to Greg Today elect not to install strobe units, the unused priority may be
Weitekamp at the NCAA national office (phone: 317/917-6265 or transferred to another agency, provided that the policies in No. 2
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), or Bill Hancock (317/917-6499 below are observed.
or e-mail: email@example.com) at the NCAA.
Porter Binks of Sports Illustrated (212/522-3325)—or another indi-
vidual designated by the NCAA—will coordinate the installation of
strobe units at each site and identify for the media coordinator those
photographers who will use the strobes. A fee may be assessed by the
strobe coordinator to cover installation, power, arena fees and equip-
ment costs on a shared basis among the users.
No single agency may install more than one set of strobes at a site,
regardless of the number of units that will be used.
2.The following procedures govern the placement of the strobe units.
a. Representatives of each media agency installing a unit shall
meet with the media coordinator and CBS producer assigned
to the site at 4:30 p.m. local time on the open practice day to
test the placement of the strobes and determine if the strobes
potentially have a negative impact on the telecast. The bas-
ketball committee representative has the final authority to
determine if adjustments in the placement or angle of the
units must be altered.
b. Strobes only may be used if approved by the basketball com-
mittee representative after the foregoing test.
c. All hanging or installed strobes must be placed as close to the
playing court as possible, depending upon the physical struc-
ture of the arena, near the corners of the playing court, but not Appendix S
behind the baskets. If the physical structure of an arena pre- Television Commercial Format
vents a media agency from meeting these specifications, the The television commercial format during the NCAA Division I
agency may petition the basketball committee for an excep- Men’s Basketball Championship allows a maximum of 27 minutes of
tion. commercial time per game. In addition to that time, the network may
d. No hand-carried strobe lights may be used during the game. also air commercials during 60-second team-called timeouts in each
They may be used during awards ceremonies and postgame overtime period.
celebrations. Ten "full television timeouts" shall be permitted per game. Those
e. No strobes may be directed toward a television lens. include four each half, at the first non-shooting dead-ball situation
f. The approved strobe-light setup shall consist of three sets of
after the game clock passes 16, 12, eight and four minutes remaining.
The other two "full television timeouts" will be the first team-called
four heads each, installed in the catwalks at the four corners of
timeout in each half. That timeout does not replace one of the sched-
the arena. The placement should be as close to directly over uled "full television timeouts." For example, if the first team-called
the corners of the court as possible. If, because of the config- timeout in the second half occurs with 15:58 remaining in the half, that
uration of the arena and the catwalks, an adjustment of the timeout becomes a "full television timeout;" another "full television
placement is necessary, a variation must be approved by the timeout" will be called at the next non-shooting dead-ball situation.
basketball committee. The network is not guaranteed any in-action breaks other than the
g. The strobe lights for a conventional (non-dome) arena must four "full television timeouts" in each half. All other in-action breaks
not exceed 2,400 watt-seconds for each power pack, and the are contingent on teams calling timeouts. The length of the timeouts
flash duration should be less than 1/1000-second. A typical are as follows:
approved installation would consist of four power packs with Each "full television timeout" shall last two minutes, 15 seconds
four-tube heads on each pack. In the instance of unusually from the time the teams arrive at their benches to the "second horn."
high-ceilinged buildings or domes, additional power units and
Each team will have available the normal complement of four 30-
second timeouts and one 60-second timeout. Except for the first one
strobe heads may be used, as long as they are producing an
called in each half, all team-called timeouts shall last 30 or 60 seconds
equivalent light on the court and the flash duration meets the from the time the teams arrive at their benches to the "second horn."
criteria. In overtime, timeouts will last 60 seconds from the time the teams
Strobe use is intended for coverage of game action by media involved arrive at their benches to the "second horn."
in news coverage of the championship. Strobe use is not permitted by During the regionals and the Final Four, the network may extend
photographers who have been assigned feature profiles for current or any two timeouts by 10 seconds; these extensions shall not be used for
future publications such as books or preview magazines, e.g., photo- commercial or promotional purposes. Following is the permissible
graph(s) of a individual players, coaches or fans. commercial format:
Two minutes of local-affiliate commercials on Thursday and Friday
evening games. (Does not count toward total.)
Break 1: Two minutes of commercials.
During first half
Breaks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: Two minutes of commercials. (Four television time-
outs after 16, 12, 8 and 4, plus the first team-called timeout expands to
a full timeout).
Break 7: One 60-second break.
90-second local affiliate break. (Does not count toward total.)
Break 8: One 60-second break.
Break 9: One 30-second break. Appendix T
90-second local affiliate break. (Does not count toward total.) Use of Footage by Television Entities
During second half
Breaks 10, 11, 12, 13, 14: Two minutes of commercials. (Four television 1. Videotaped, filmed or audio excerpts of a National Collegiate
timeouts after 16, 12, 8 and 4, plus the first team-called timeout in the Athletic Association (“NCAA”) game of the Division I Men’s
second half, which expands to a full timeout). Basketball Championship (“Highlights”) may be used for news
purposes only in regularly scheduled news programs up to 72
Break 15: 30-second commercial (If timeout is called by a team). hours after they become available for news use under the follow-
Break 16: 30-second commercial (If timeout is called by a team). ing guidelines. A “news broadcast” shall be a regularly sched-
Break 17: 30-second commercial (If timeout is called by a team). uled program devoted exclusively to general news and/or sports
news. Sports entertainment programs do not qualify under this
Break 18: Any of above breaks that did not air in-game. 2. An approved telecaster may use a maximum of three minutes of
footage on a sports news broadcast. Television entities may not
air highlights until the CBS “window” for that competition has
been completed. The graphic “Courtesy CBS Sports“ must
accompany all highlights.
3. A station/network may not broadcast live reports and/or live pro-
gramming from the site of the tournament competition (e.g.,
arena proper, hallways, interview, working media or dressing
rooms) on practice or game days.
4. Highlights may not be sold, traded, loaned or given away to any
other entity and may not be used commercially for on-air promo-
tion or in any other manner not specifically set forth in these poli-
cies without prior written permission from the NCAA. By way of
illustration, but not limitation, without a specific separate license
from NCAA, championship game footage may not be used (i) in
pregame shows, (ii) in weekly sports highlights shows, (iii) in
commercials, (iv) in a “sponsored segment” of a program, (v) in
“on-air” promotions (e.g., “tune-in” promotion or “tease”), (vi) as
“file footage,” or (vii) for any other use (e.g., archival) not specifi-
cally permitted by these policies.
5. Telecasters may broadcast live feeds of news conference taken
from the video and audio distribution facilities provided by the
6. No television entity — broadcast or cable — may incorporate,
superimpose, or “burn in” into any tournament highlights a logo,
trademark, advertise-ment, scoreboard or other graphic without
prior written permission from the NCAA.
7. Highlights from NCAA tournament game telecasts may only be
used by a telecaster if such telecaster is party to a reciprocal
agreement with CBS Sports for highlight usage.
8. In consideration for access to video and/or record audio excerpts
of a tournament game, the television entity agrees, upon the
request of the NCAA, to supply the NCAA with a videotape or
audio recording (as may be the case) of any program incorporat-
ing highlights and hereby consents to the use of excerpts from
such a program by the NCAA.
9. NCAA and CBS Sports shall have the authority to withdraw per-
mission for the use of highlights by appropriate notice at any time
and for any reason.
10. Under no circumstances may any highlights be broadcast or oth-
erwise distributed on the Internet or via any other online service
or computer service without the prior written consent of NCAA
and CBS Sports.
11. Neither these policies nor the rights granted herein may be
assigned or otherwise transferred in any manner without the prior
written consent of NCAA.
Use of highlights constitutes acceptance of these policies in the
form of a licensing agreement between the telecaster and NCAA.