A Brief History on City Tech Athletics

City Tech is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association  (NCAA) Division III, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Since the 2007-2008 academic year, City Tech has had twelve sanctioned varsity teams. The men’s and women’s varsity teams include basketball, cross-country, indoor and outdoor track & field, tennis and volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s softball. These varsity teams have collectively won 5 all-time championships throughout their activity. Furthermore, some athletes from City Tech sports teams have participated in both major and minor league sports after college. A present example is Kraig Binick, an athlete who played for the Baltimore Orioles and is now presently playing for their minor league.

NCAA Division III is where the true student-athlete studies and competes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the main governing body of collegiate sports, dividing levels of classification into three divisions. D3 institutions are largely regarded as leading academic institutions and do not offer athletic scholarships. Still, athletics in D3 is highly competitive. There are over 136,000 athletes at over 430 D3 colleges and universities and each one is studying to earn a valuable degree in preparation for the workplace while playing the sport that he or she loves.

For D3 athletes, sports have been an integral part of our lives since our youth. From elementary school through high school, sports have complemented our educational experience. And as college looms, we want to continue playing the sport we love while receiving an education from a first-rate college. A D3 school is that fit.

How DIII is Distinct:

  • Athletes at D3 colleges and universities receive no financial aid on the basis of athletic merit, although substantial financial aid and academic merit scholarships are available at most D3 institutions.
  • D3 schools place highest priority on the overall educational experience; athletics is a complement to academics and overall residential experience.
  • D3 student-athletes are well rounded and take advantage of extracurricular activities in college. At the D1 and D2 levels, athletics are a student’s life and they have limited availability to college life outside of their respective sport.Colleges and universities in NCAA Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience, and in which coaches play a significant role as educators. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff. To achieve this end, Division III institutions:
  • Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place greater emphasis on the internal constituency (e.g., students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs;
  • Shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ablility, participation or performance;
  • Encourage the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including student-athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators;
  • Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities for their students;
  • Assure that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes;
  • Assure that athletics participants are not treated differently from other members of the student body;
  • Assure that athletics programs support the institution’s educational mission by financing, staffing and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution. Further, the administration of an institution’s athletics program (e.g., hiring, compensation, professional development, certification of coaches) should be integrated into the campus culture and educational mission;
  • Assure that athletics recruitment complies with established institutional policies and procedures applicable to the admission process;
  • Assure that academic performance of student-athletes is, at a minimum, consistent with that of the general student body;
  • Assure that admission policies for student-athletes comply with policies and procedures applicable to the general student body;
  • Provide equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men’s and women’s sports;
  • Support ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents;
  • Give primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships; and
  • Support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletics performance, which may include opportunities for participation in national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities.
    –as quoted from NCAA.org
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