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Siena Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a student-athlete organization focused on creating programs and events that provide goodwill across all of Siena’s 18 sport teams. The group takes part in several volunteer programs in the neighboring community. Also, SAAC is instrumental in voicing the student-athletes concerns for Siena College athletics and for their respective teams. SAAC is comprised of a representative from each sports team, and an alternate from each team. The members of this organization have proven to be effective leaders and role models for their team, and are the voices for Siena Athletics.

SAAC Meeting Minutes
 • December 2006 
 • October 2006 
 • September 2006 

1. To further encourage communication between the student-athletes and the Athletic Department. This will be accomplished by providing a forum for student-athletes to discuss issues of concern regarding Athletic Department policies and procedures, as well as NCAA regulations (both current and proposed).

*This council will not include the discussion of individual coach/player issues or specific team policies.
*This council will not serve as a decision making body. Recommendations may be developed, voted on, and forwarded to the Director of Athletics for consideration. All recommendations must be approved by a majority of representatives present at any one meeting.

2. To promote communication and unity between and among teams.

3. To encourage support for the Siena College Athletic Program in both the campus and local communities through public service activities.

The council is composed of:
1. One representative and one alternative from each intercollegiate team selected or elected by their team. These persons must be in good academic standing. The teams will submit the names of representatives and alternatives for the upcoming academic year by the end of the preceding spring term.

2. The Faculty Athletics Representative and a member of the Athletic Department administration who will serve as advisors.

Each representative is expected:
1. To attend all meetings, which will be held at least once per month and all other SAAC activities. A convenient regular meeting time will be agreed upon at the first meeting of each academic year.

2. To notify (in the event of their absence) the alternate and inform him/her of information that is necessary to provide the team with sufficient representation.

3. to represent the team's views at the committee meetings. This means that the team representatives must talk to their teammates about issues or projects, which will be discussed at the meetings. The representatives must also inform their teammates of all committee discussions and recommendations. Coaches are asked to allow time for communication between the representatives and their teammates when necessary.

4. To organize team members to participate in any SAAC projects. The Faculty Athletics Representative and the Athletic Department representative will assist in officers in the organization and coordination of SAAC meetings and projects. They will also jointly forward to the Director of Athletics all recommendations approved by SAAC.

At the first meeting of each academic year, the committee will elect representatives to serve in the following offices:
1. President - chairs all committee meetings and acts as the official representative of the committee.

2. Vice President - assists the President and chairs the meeting in the event of the President's absence.

3. Secretary/Treasurer - records the minutes at all meeting and prepares them for distribution in a timely fashion to all representatives, the SAAC advisors, and the Director of Athletics. They will also serve to maintain SAAC's financial situations

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The following is a list of expectations we as SAAC members hold ourselves accountable to:
1. We understand that we must respect the thoughts and opinions of both our teammates and our fellow team members. We also understand that these expectations need to be demonstrated in our actions as SAAC members. (Listening respectfully, giving someone due time to express their feelings in whole, etc.)

2. We are committed to being at all SAAC functions and meetings. If we cannot attend due to unavoidable circumstances, we will first call the Life Skills Coordinator (Patti Brun x2916) to inform him/her, and second, find a replacement to attend in our place.

3. Don't hold back. As SAAC members we have a responsibility to ourselves and to the athletic community, to share our true feelings, thoughts, and ideas. More importantly we represent not only ourselves, but also the interest, thoughts, opinions, and ideas of our teams.

4. We have a responsibility to be supportive of other teams within our athletic community, and when possible promote their events. It is also important that we collaboratively work towards the goals of SAAC and the purpose of SAAC in a positive manner.

5. We have a responsibility to read and respond to emails, and to do whatever tasks are requested for the benefit of SAAC (within reason). This includes the responsibility to think about questions posed in SAAC emails before the meeting occurs.

6. As SAAC members we realize that our largest responsibility is to talk with our teams after every meeting, ask questions, and get feedback from them to bring back to out next meeting.

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Our mission as members of the "Student-Athlete Advisory Council" is to not only do what is listed below, but do our best to support and promote each other in doing the following:

1. Provide Leadership for Student Athletes, the Student Body, and the Community.

2. Boost the image of Student-Athlete in a positive manner.

3. Bring all of our teams together to promote better relationships in an attempt to become a more unified Athletics Department.

4. Give 100% in order to achieve our teams athletic hopes and expectations.

5. Personally try to make an impact in the community by participating in outreach opportunities and encourage our teammates to do the same.

6. Create more equality among the different teams and also among the individuals on those teams.

7. When necessary, bring about change. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity.

8. Reach out on campus to promote the Athletic Department, and express the Athletes interest for campus events. This includes working with Student Senate and participating with elections by voting.

9. Make the most out of our college experience in the classroom, on the field, and wherever we go there after.

10. Be a liaison to administration about all issues, especially those pertinent to the health and welfare of the student-athlete.

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NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees


What is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee? (SAAC)
A student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. Presently, there are separate national SAACs for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAACs on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have SAACs.

The information that follows will assist you in understanding how the network of SAACs, from individual campus committees to the conference and/or national committees, interact and support one another to shape intercollegiate athletics policy and enhance the student-athlete experience.

History of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee An Association-wide SAAC was adopted at the 1989 NCAA Convention and was formed primarily to review and offer student-athlete input on NCAA activities and proposed legislation that affected student-athlete welfare.

The initial national committee was comprised of student-athletes from all membership divisions for the purpose of ensuring that the student-athlete voice was one that accounted for the myriad of educational and athletics experiences of both female and male student-athletes at all NCAA member institutions. In August 1997, the NCAA federated along divisional lines. The federation caused the SAAC to expand to three SAACs representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III.

Each national divisional committee is comprised of both female and male student-athletes charged with the responsibility of assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and representing the voice of the student-athlete in the NCAA governance structure. This is accomplished by providing student-athlete input on issues related to student-athlete welfare that are division-specific. (Federation has increased student-athlete participation in the governance process of intercollegiate athletics by increasing the number of SAAC members from the former Association-wide committee of 28 student-athletes to a sum total of 79 members serving on the national Divisions I, II, and III committees).

The input of the respective Divisions I, II and III SAACs continues to be sought by a variety of constituencies within the Association. Student-athlete committee members have the opportunity to speak with their respective NCAA Management Councils, and the Divisions II and III SAACs continue to speak to legislative issues on the NCAA Convention floor.

National SAACs (Divisions I, II and III) at a glance:

  • Generate a student-athlete voice within the NCAA structure.
  • Solicit student-athlete response to proposed NCAA legislation.
  • Recommend potential NCAA legislation.
  • Review, react and comment to the governance structure on legislation, activities and subjects of interest.
  • Actively participate in the administrative process of athletics programs and the NCAA.
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image.

Mission Statement of the National SAACs
"The mission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image."

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  • Introduction to the NCAA SAAC Home Page

    NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees

    Campus, Conference and Division SAACs

    • Campus SAACs
    • Conference SAACs
    • Division SAACs

    Campus SAACs
    Though the focus of campus SAACs is intended to be more parochial in nature, communication among campus and national SAACs offers student-athletes the opportunity to shape the landscape of intercollegiate athletics.

    Functions of campus SAACs:

    • Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes.
    • Disseminate information.
    • Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues.
    • Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus athletics department formulation of policies.
    • Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams.
    • Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
    • Organize community service efforts.
    • Create a vehicle for student-athlete representation on campus-wide committees (e.g., student government).
    • Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus.

    Members of a campus SAAC have the opportunity to address issues affecting student-athletes at their institution; furthermore, members have the opportunity to offer input on issues which may be national in scope.

    The campus committee is meant to serve as a local student-athlete voice in addressing issues of student-athlete welfare at their respective institutions. Campus committees can facilitate better communication among student-athletes from various athletics teams to address issues common to all. The campus SAAC may also serve as a conduit of communication among student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators on issues to improve the student-athlete experience and promote growth and education through sports participation. Concerns can be voiced and solutions offered regarding any issue that may be relevant to NCAA student-athletes. Through the grass-roots efforts of campus SAACs, student-athletes have the opportunity to change the face of intercollegiate athletics.

    Campus SAAC Executive Board
    The NCAA recommends the creation of some type of executive board to oversee the operation of campus SAACs. Traditional board member positions include chairperson, chair-elect, secretary/treasurer and chairpersons of any standing subcommittees. All of these positions should be held by student-athletes.

    Constitution and Bylaws
    The constitution of the campus SAAC is a document written by the executive board and approved by the representatives. The constitution is essential to outline the policies and operating procedures of the committee. It should include the name and purpose of the committee, membership, leadership structure, standing committees, philosophy, advisors, impeachment process, veto powers, ratification and amendment procedures and voting and meeting requirements. It should be noted that many institutions require that an organization have bylaws to be an officially recognized student committee. Copies of campus SAAC bylaws and models are available through the NCAA national office.

    Campus SAAC Enhancement Ideas
    Create an annual report for your campus SAAC. Include concerns, committee actions, yearly activities, special honors or recognition received by teams or student-athletes, graduation rate information and other relevant topics. Present and distribute the annual SAAC report to constituent groups (e.g., athletics administrators, athletics council, Board of Trustees, coaches, faculty, CHAMPS/Life Skills Advisory Team, your conference SAAC and national SAAC). Collaborate with other student organizations on campus to organize activities. Support your institution's CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program.

    Conference SAACs
    Many NCAA conferences have created conference SAACs in order to strengthen the communication between the campus and national committees. Through increased communication and networking, the SAACs hope to better represent the views of all student-athletes.

    Division SAACs

    Division I
    The Division I national SAAC consists of one student-athlete from each of the 31 Division I conferences. Members are selected by the Division I Management Council from a pool of three nominees from each of the represented conferences. Each student-athlete serves a two-year term.

    The Division I SAAC reports directly to the Division I Management Council, and two SAAC members participate in each meeting of the Management Council as nonvoting members. It is through these two mechanisms that NCAA Division I student-athletes offer input and assist in shaping the proposed legislation by which their division is governed.

  • Division I SAAC Home Page

    Academic Advising Newsletter for Athletes

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    Saints Cup Information 

    S.A.IN.T.S. CUP
    The S.A.IN.T.S. (Supporting Athletes IN Their Success) Cup is a competition created to encourage participation in the Champs/Life Skills Program at Siena College. It gives student-athletes the opportunity to gain experience and earn points in the five main NCAA Champs/Life Skills components (academic excellence, career development, personal development, community service, and athletic excellence). The focus of the program is to develop the individual as a role model, team member, and community leader.

    Each team will be awarded points for their participation in the S.A.IN.T.S. Cup program. All Academic and Athletic Excellence points will be automatically tallied at the end of each event. To be awarded the points in the areas of Community Service, Personal and Career Development a verification form must be filled out and signed by the head coach or SAAC representative of that team. All forms must be turned in to Life Skills Coordinator or Academic Advisor within three (3) weeks of said event. If the committee decides to not award points to a team or an individual, a statement will be sent to the head coach explaining the reasons for the decision.

    The Saints' Cup Program will begin at the start of every school year and continue to the last day of classes in May. The final tally of points will be done at the middle of July and the two winning teams of the S.A.IN.T.S. Cup will be announced and awarded at the Welcome Back BBQ at the beginning of the next school year. Coaches will also be notified in the summer of their final standing.

    Two teams will be announced as the winners, one male and one female. The teams that win will hold on to the S.A.IN.T.S. Cup for a year and will be awarded $500 each. The money will be added to their budget and can be used at the coaches discretion in the apparel or equipment budget. A runner up prize will also be awarded to the next highest point total for both male and female teams. This team will be awarded a $250 credit to Anaconda Sports for apparel.

    S.A.IN.T.S. Cup Areas:

    Academic Excellence
    Area 1 is based on the academic success of the individual as well as the team. Points will be awarded for individual GPA, team GPA, and study hall attendance. Points will be awarded on a sliding scale depending on sport size. The smaller the sport, the more points awarded per individual. Max of 100 points per team accomplishment will still apply.

    Career Development
    Area 2 focuses on the career development for student-athletes. Points can be earned through individual sessions with the career center and by attending workshops offered by the Career Development Center and also career fairs.

    Personal Development
    Area 3 will provide events in the areas of nutrition, sports psychology, guest speakers. Teams are required to attend at least 2 workshops throughout the year. Workshops may be scheduled either through the Campus Wellness office or through a professional either on or off campus. Individual students may also earn points for their team by attending anything above and beyond the team requirements.

    Community Service
    Area 4 refers to Siena College's tradition of community outreach. Student-athletes may earn points through team or group organized activities along with individual service that may be done on personal time. St. Casmir: St. Casimir is a weekly volunteer program available for student-athletes at Siena. Students from St. Casimir are bused to Siena once a week on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 and participate in physical education in the MAC. Each team is required to attend St. Casimir one time per semester and will receive additional points for team or individual contribution. One student-athlete will be chosen each semester to organize the St. Casmir community service activity offered by Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Saints' Athletics Department. An organizer will be nominated and elected through the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and will serve for at least one semester.

    Athletic Excellence
    Area 5 has pre-designated points for post-season recognition (i.e. All-Conference, All-Academic and participation in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The SAAC Committee provides a forum for student-athletes to offer input into athletic policies and procedures and enhances communication between the student-athletes and administrators. Coaches will nominate 2 student-athletes to serve as their team's representatives for the school year. The SAAC Committee will be responsible for organizing S.A.IN.T.S. Cup events, Holiday Family Sponsorship, and Spirit Games. Each team is also required to attend at least one home game for their designated brother/sister team for the year. Assignments are given on a year to year basis and arrangements should be made to be in attendance for one game. Any additional competitions (regardless of sport) attended by the team will also be awarded points. ches allow 5-10 minutes at the end of practice for the SAAC Reps to report all events to the team.

    Team Assignments

    St. Casimir Team Assignments- Fall 2006

    9/13/2006W. Basketball
    9/20/2006M. Basketball
    9/27/2006M. Baseball
    10/4/2006Cross Country
    10/11/2006M. Lacrosse, M. Tennis
    10/18/2006W. Swimming, W. Lacrosse
    10/25/2006W. Tennis
    11/1/2006W. Water Polo, M. Golf
    11/8/2006W. Soccer, W. Golf
    11/15/2006W. Field Hockey
    11/29/2006M. Soccer
    12/6/2006W. Softball
    12/13/2006W. Volleyball

    Brother/ Sister Teams 2006-2007

    Women's Water Polo, Men's basketball
    Women's Lacrosse, Men's Soccer
    Women's Volleyball, Men's Lacrosse
    Women's Softball, Women's Soccer
    Cross Country, Women's Swimming, Women's Basketball
    Men's Baseball, Women's Field Hockey
    Women's Golf, Men's Tennis
    Women's Tennis, Men's Golf

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