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 abuse, serious injury, and death from brain trauma, heat illness, and other conditions.
    The NCAA says it has no duty to protect college athletes and therefore does not enforce health and safety standards. The NCAA ruled that USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar's sexual assaults against athletes did not violate NCAA rules, and 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 is sexually abused or 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. 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.  
  3. Increase graduation rates.
    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 extend scholarship durations to ensure college athletes have adequate time to complete their degree. 
  4. Protect educational opportunities and scholarships for college-athletes in good standing.
    Due to high athletic time demands, many athletes reporting an ability to choose the courses and major of their choice, and low graduation rates in football and basketball, athletic scholarships should be guaranteed for 6 years instead of the 1-year NCAA minimum.  Additionally, sports should not be cut to pay for lavish coaching salaries and facilities.
  5. 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.   
  6. Eliminate unnecessary restrictions on players' ability to earn compensation from use of their name, image, and likeness and ability to secure legal and professional representation.
    We have won unprecedented freedoms and reforms in this area, but overbearing restrictions still remain.  College athletes should have the same economic and legal rights and freedoms guaranteed to other students and US citizens. Players are people not property.  
  7. Ensure college athletes share in an equitable portion of the revenue that they generate.
  8. Advance compliance with gender equity in college sports as required by federal law (Title IX).
  9. 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.  
  10. 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.  
  11. Protect the ability for college athletes to transfer schools one time without punishment and, additionally, if they are subject to abuse.