Maryville College SAAC Purpose

The Maryville College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is made up of student-athlete representatives and is a vehicle to promote communication between the athletic administration and the student-athletes. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Athletics, providing a student-athlete voice within the department, discussing issues and concerns, and providing feedback as necessary. The membership of SAAC should be representative of the diversity of the student-athlete population and involve representatives from each sport. Each member serves as a liaison between the committee and his or her team.

The 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 policies that affect student-athletes’ lives within NCAA member institution campuses.

Presently there are separate national SAAC groups for NCAA Division I, II, and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have these groups on their respective campuses. Further NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have a SAAC.

Potential Functions of Maryville College SAAC

  • Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes
  • Disseminate information
  • Generate a student-athlete voice within the athletic department (Identify issues and potential solutions)
  • Build a sense of community within the athletics program among all teams
  • Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA information
  • Organize community service efforts
  • Create opportunities for student-athlete representation on campus wide communities
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus

Mission Statement

The mission of the Maryville College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting the student-athlete welfare, providing a forum for communication between the student-athletes and the college administration, as well as, fostering a positive student-athlete image.

Composition of Committee

Any athlete who is on a current team roster and academically eligible for competition is eligible for membership as a representative. Each varsity sport, cheerleaders, and student athletic trainers may have two representatives who are either elected by team vote or appointed by the Head Coach.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attend all called meetings.
  • Report events of each meeting to teammates and bring back input from team to committee
  • Serve on at least one sub-committee.
  • Attend all SAAC sponsored events.

Standing Sub-Committees

  • Athletic Committee. There will be two elected persons that will sit on the Athletics Committee. These persons will represent the SAAC committee as a whole, not individually. This is an advisory committee to the Vice Pres. of Student Development.
  • New Sports & Facilities. The focus of this group is to address issues pertaining to all aspects of athletic facilities and the development of new sports.
  • Academics. This group will look at issues involved with the relationship between athletics and academics; to work on making a cohesive relationship between student-athletes and faculty members.
  • NCAA/USA South. The focus of this group will address issues pertaining to the NCAA and/or USA South legislation. Members will represent Maryville College on the respective conference committees. This group will also work with any compliance issues.
  • Campus Promotion. This committee will work on increasing awareness of the athletic department on campus and work to improve attendance at home events. Planning of special events will be a part of this committee. This group will work closely with Student Programming and Student Govt. Association.
  • Community Outreach. The focus of this group will be to increase community awareness through various activities and service projects.

SAAC Advisor

The advisor of the SAAC will be the Director of Athletics or designated person. Others serving as committee advisors include but are not limited to the following persons, FAR, Associate Director of Athletics, Assistant Director of Athletics, SWA, and head coaches.