The Institutions Behind America’s Collegiate Sports Success

The Institutions Behind America’s Collegiate Sports Success

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Introduction

The American collegiate sports system is by far the most advanced and effective throughout the world. This feat has been accomplished mainly by the interplay and contributions of several institutions. The ensuing discussions will attempt to shed more light on the institutions behind America’s collegiate sports success.

1. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

It is the umbrella body for all the US and Canada colleges and universities athletic programs. It coordinates, supervises, regulates and organizes athletic programs of numerous colleges within the U.S. and Canada. It has a membership of 1,281 institutions and 450,000 student athletes. Operations are based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2. The Association of Christian College Athletics

It is the umbrella body that coordinates and oversees the athletic sporting activities of smaller Christian colleges that are scattered throughout the United States of America. Its mission is to provide the opportunity for small Christian colleges to compete with each other. It has a membership of 24 schools and is separated into Division I and Division II respectively.

3. The California Community College Athletic Association

It is the umbrella body for community colleges within the U.S. state of California. It administers 105 athletic programs throughout the state. It has a membership of 107 members and over 25,000 athletes drawn from throughout California. It is headquartered in Sacramento, California.

4. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

It was founded in 1938 and it is an umbrella body of junior colleges and community colleges athletic departments within the United States. It is separated into divisions and regions. The current NJCAA is spread out within 24 different regions.

5. The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)

It is an umbrella body for the athletic sporting teams for Christian colleges within the United States. It is separated into two divisions: Division I with a membership of 69 teams and Division II with a membership of 42 teams.

6. The National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)

It is an umbrella body that regulates various sporting activities in conjunction with the collegiate system across the United States of America. It mainly serves and targets college students who play for recreational purposes and are not members of the NAIA, NCAA or other affiliates.

7. The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA)

It is a nationwide umbrella body for the extramural athletics programs for 81 small colleges, junior colleges and community colleges that are located within the United States of America. It sponsors 12 national championships in seven sports annually. It is headquartered in Newport News, Virginia.

8. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

It is an umbrella body that organizes and coordinates sporting teams in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. It is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. It has a total membership of 255 institutions; with two being in Canada and one in the Bahamas. It sponsors 23 national athletics championships annually.

9. The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC)

It is the umbrella body for athletics teams of the community colleges in the US States of Washington and Oregon as well as for the Canadian Province of British Columbia. It has a total membership of 36 schools. It has dual headquarters in both Washington and Vancouver.

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