With information from wire reports
Young Harris College was accepted as a candidate for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA, on July 12.
After competing as an independent institution last season, the announcement of this achievement brings the YHC athletic program one step closer to its goal of reaching NCAA status at the Division II level.
The first year will be a provisional year, during which YHC must begin to follow the policies and procedures of the NCAA. This requires that coaching staffs for the 12 YHC athletic teams develop schedules that include Division II schools as opponents.
NCAA also requires that members join a conference. So, this year, YHC will be applying for membership in the Peach Belt Conference.
The Peach Belt Conference currently consists of Armstrong Atlantic State University, Augusta State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Flagler College, Francis Marion University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Lander University, University of Montavello, North Georgia College & State University, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, and the University of South Carolina-Aiken.
If YHC is accepted into the Peach Belt Conference, it will be the conference’s only private college.
After being accepted into the Peach Belt Conference, YHC will have one more obstacle to overcome in order to become an official member of the NCAA’s Division II. In order to be an official member, YHC will be put under review after its first provisional year. After one year as an NCAA candidate, the NCAA will send representatives to the campus of YHC to evaluate the progress of the college and its athletic program. If all goes well in that visit, YHC will then be recommended to move on to the next level of the membership process.
Only time will tell what the NCAA has in store for the athletic program at YHC. Follow the Enotah Echoes online for updates throughout the Mountain Lions’s process of achieving official NCAA membership.