Mission & Goals

NCPA Mission:

To protect future, current, and former college athletes.

NCPA Goals:

  1. Establish mandatory health and safety standards to minimize college athletes’ risk of serious injury and death from brain trauma, heat illness, and other serious conditions.
    The NCAA says it has no duty to protect college athletes and therefore does not enforce health and safety standards. The NCAA says it would not punish a coach for knowingly returning a player with a concussion to the same game. If a player receives a few dollars for signing an autograph, the NCAA would investigate and punish that athlete. If the same athlete dies in a hazardous workout, the NCAA looks the other way. The NCPA has sponsored legislation to establish a commission to do what the NCAA refuses to do – adopt and enforce critical safety mandates.  
  2. Increase scholarship money to cover all costs.
    The NCAA admits that a "full scholarship" does not cover the basic necessities for a college athlete, and many colleges do not provide stipends to cover the $3000-$5000 annual shortfall.  
  3. Prevent players from being stuck paying sports-related medical expenses.
    The NCAA does not require schools to cover sports-related injuries – it's optional.  College athletes injured during sports-related workouts should not have to pay for medical expenses out of their own pockets.  
  4. Increase graduation rates with an educational trust fund.
    The ultimate goal for a college athlete is not a scholarship, it's a degree.  Federal graduation rates for Division I football and men's basketball players hover around 50%.  The NCAA and its member colleges receive billions of dollars tax free because of their educational million. They should place a portion of new TV revenue into an educational trust fund to incentivize and support degree completion.  
  5. Protect educational opportunities for college-athletes in good standing.
    If a coach eliminates the scholarship of a college athlete that abides by academic, athletic, and conduct requirements, the athletic program should replace it with a non-athletic scholarship to allow the college athletes to continue his/her education.  
  6. Prohibit universities from using a permanent injury suffered during athletics as a reason to reduce/eliminate a scholarship.
    Such actions reduce the chance for such college athletes to graduate.  College athletes put their bodies and lives on the line in their pursuit of higher education and the success of their university's athletic program.  It is immoral to allow a university to reduce or refuse to renew a college athlete's scholarship after sustaining an injury while playing for the university.   
  7. Eliminate restrictions on legitimate employment and players ability to directly benefit from commercial opportunities.
    College athletes should have the same rights to secure employment and generate commercial revenue as other students and US citizens.  Such a measure could be designed to increase graduation rates and allow universities to retain the most talented athletes for the duration of their eligibility.  
  8. Prohibit the punishment of college athletes that have not committed a violation.
    It is an injustice to punish college athletes for actions that they did not commit i.e. suspending a team's post-season eligibility for the inappropriate actions of boosters.  Such punishments have significant negative impacts on the short college experience of many college athletes.  Alternative forms of punishment are available and should be utilized to allow an adequate policing of the rules.  
  9. Guarantee that college athletes are granted an athletic release from their university if they wish to transfer schools.
    Schools should not have the power to refuse to release college athletes that choose to transfer.  Under NCAA rules, players that transfer without a release not only have to sit out a year, they cannot receive an athletic scholarship for a year.  This contradicts the educational mission and principle of sportsmanship that the NCAA is supposed to uphold.  
  10. Allow college athletes of all sports the ability to transfer schools one time without punishment.
    College athletes that participate in football, basketball, baseball, and ice hockey should not be denied the one-time no-penalty transfer option that is afforded to college athletes of other sports.  Such a policy is coercive and discriminatory.  All college athletes should have this freedom to ensure that they realize their academic, social, and athletic pursuits.

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