New Athletic Provisions Will Not Affect College

ECAC Tightens Up Eligibility Rules

Stringent new provisions outlawing special scholastic aid to college athletes should not affect Harvard's athletic or scholarship setup, Carroll F. Getchell, business manager of the HAA, announced last night.

The regulations, drawn up Saturday in New York by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Council, are designed to tighten up already rigid national rulings on amateurism, scholastic standing, years of participation, and non-collegiate competition during and outside of college terms.

Getchell stated that, as far as he knew, Harvard had always lived up to the provisions in the new rules on eligibility and scholarships. William J. Bingham '16, director of the HAA, who was chosen next chairman for the ECAC executive committee on Saturday, was in New York for the meeting and could not be reached last night.

Scholarship Provisions Rewritten

Part of the ECAC eligibility code covering financial aid to athletes was rewritten to read that scholarships can be granted "only if approved and awarded by the regular agency . . . in the recipient's institution . . . and on the same basis that aid is granted to all students."


Walter H. McCarter, chairman of the eligibility committee, pointed out that the new eastern ruling differed from the national "sanity rule" which allows certain scholarships for athletes "if approved and awarded on the basis of need by the regular agency."

The ECAC, in passing the new ruling, intends to eliminate the loophole in the "sanity rule"--a loophole that actually allows an institution to aid a needy athlete solely because of athletic ability.

Summer Baseball

The council also stenghtened regional rulings on summer baseball, and stated that any student playing in organized baseball would "forfeit," his college eligibility. The former ruling used the word, "jeopardize."

Further council decisions specified that freshmen and transfer students must have "twelve months (as well as two terms) in residence" to be eligible. It also recommended that member colleges wait for final results on a NCAA survey before signing 1949 television contracts with video hookups.