Collection of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Southern Region II,1971-1983
- Collection of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Southern Region II,1971-1983
- Association for Intercollegiate Athletics For Women Southern Region II
- 12.85 cubic feet, 21,550 items, 29 boxes
- Eastern Kentucky University
- Biography / History
- Women's intercollegiate athletics was first organized on a national basis' in 1941, the year the first national collegiate championship was held in the sport of golf, organized by the Department of Physical Education for Women at The Ohio State University. The tournament was not held during World War II, but was resumed following the war and continued to be held as an annual event.
- In 1956, the need to establish a method for assuring the continuation of the golf championship brought about the formation of the Tripartite Committee through appointments made by the National Association for Physical Education for College Women, the National Association for Girls and Women's Sport, and the American Federation of College Women. The Tripartite Committee urged the continuation of the national collegiate golf competition, and subsequently suggested the need for studying the problem of intercollegiate competition for college women in general. Upon the recommendation of the Tripartite Committee, the National Joint Committee on Extramural Sports for College Women (NJCESCW) was formed to attempt to guide and administer women's intercollegiate athletic programs.
- The Commission of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW) grew out of the NJCESCW in recognition of the need for expanding national championships and the desire to have governance of women's intercollegiate athletics under the auspices of one organization, the Division for Girls and Women's Sports (DGWS) operating under the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.(AAHPER). The purposes of the CIAW were to provide a framework and organization pattern for the conduct of intercollegiate athletic opportunities for women and to sponsor national championships for college women under the guidance of the DGWS.
- Formation of AIAW was approved by the DGWS Council and the AAHPER Board of Directors in 1971, but the CIAW continued to operate until July 1, 1972, at which time the AIAW officially came into existence. The AIAW developed from the CIAW in recognition of the need for institutional Membership and elected representation. On June 1, 1979, AIAW assumed separate legal identity and became a nonprofit corporation in the District of Columbia.
- While in existence, the AIAW organized and administered all competition at the regional and national levels. In 1981-82 the organization offered 41 national championships in 19 sports -badminton, basketball, crew, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, indoor track and field, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball (fast and slow pitch), swimming and diving, synchronized swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
- The AIAW ceased operation on June 30, 1983, after suffering substantial losses of members and revenue following the National Collegiate Athletics Association1s (NCAA) decision to offer championships for women in its top competitive division, Division I. Women's championships have since been approved by the NCAA in Divisions II and III.
- Immediately following the NCAA's decision to offer championship for women, AIAW filed a lawsuit against the NCAA charging that the latter's decision to offer championship for women violates antitrust laws and is an attempt to monopolize and control women's sports. In early March, Judge Thomas P. Jackson of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia ruled that the NCAA did not violate antitrust laws by setting up a program of women's championships, even though the move made the AIAW suspend operations. Currently, the Executive Committee of the AIAW has appealed Judge Jackson's decision and at this writing, the outcome of this appeal is set for November 1983.
- While in existence, the AIAW recognized nine official organizations of regional governance.Southern Region II Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was composed of schools in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The purposes of Southern Region II were:
- 1) To foster broad programs of women's intercollegiate athletics consistent with the educational aims and objectives of member schools, and in accordance with the philosophy and standards of the NAGWS and AIAW.
- 2) To provide opportunities for women's intercollegiate varsity competition at the regional level and to qualify teams for national competition.
- 3) To provide an avenue of communication between state organizations and AIAW.
- 4) To determine guidelines for regional tournaments.
- 5) To increase public understanding and appreciation of the importance and value of sports and athletics as they contribute to the enrichment of the life of the female athlete.
- 6) To conduct such other activities as shall be approved by the executive Board of Southern Region II.
- The officers of Southern Region II which made up the Executive Board are: the Region II Representative, presidents of one state organizations of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, region II Treasurer (past regional representative), Region II Ethics chairperson, Student Representative, and Region II Commissioner of Championships. The Regional Representative served as a voting member of the AIAW Executive Board. There were five regional representatives luring the existence of Southern Region II of the AIAW:
- 1972-1975 Jan Watson, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C
- 1975-1977 Mary Roland Griffin, Winthrop College, Rock Hill, S.C.
- 1977-1979 Barbara Smith, Longwood College, Longwood, VA
- 1979-1981 Becky Hudson, University of Louisville, KY
- 1981-1983 Miriam Shelden, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, S.C.
- At the final AIAW Southern Region II Executive Board meeting on April 16, 1983, it was resolved that AIAW Southern Region II be dissolved effective June 30, 1983. This decision was reached after thorough discussion of recommendations from each state concerning Region II's future and disbursement of funds.*
- *Information for this historical sketch comes from the 1981-82 AIAW Directory; the 1980-81Southern Region II Handbook (found in Box 17 of the collection); two articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, January 6, 1982 and March 10, 1982; and the minutes of the final meeting of Region II Executive Board, April 16, 1983 (found in Box 27 of the collection).
Contents of the Collection
Ethics and Eligibility Series
Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia 1974-1975
North Carolina 1975-1976
South Carolina 1975-1976
North Carolina, A-M 1976-1977
North Carolina, N-S 1976-1977
North Carolina, W-Y 1976-1977
South Carolina 1976-1977
North Carolina, A-N 1977-1978
North Carolina, P-W 0977-1978
South Carolina 1977-1978
North Carolina, A-P 1978-1979
North Carolina, S-W 1978-1979
South Carolina 1978-1979
North Carolina, A-P 1979-1980
North Carolina, S-W 1979-1980
South Carolina 1979-1980
Virginia, A-R 1979-1980
Virginia, S-V 1979-1980
North Carolina, A-L 1980-1981
North Carolina, N-W 1980-1981
South Carolina 1980-1981
Virginia, A-R 1980-1981
Virginia, S-V 1980-1981
North Carolina 1981-1982
South Carolina 1981-1982
Virginia, A-L 1981-1982
Virginia, M-V 1981-1982
North Carolina 1972-1973.
South Carolina 1972-1973
North Carolina 1973-1974.
South Carolina 1973-1974.
North Carolina 1974-1975.
South Carolina 1974-1975.
North Carolina 1975-1976
South Carolina 1975-1976.
North Carolina 1976-1977.
South Carolina 1976-1977.
North Carolina 1977-1978.
South Carolina 1977-1978.
Financial Report Subseries
Membership Financial Report, 1972-1974.
National Championship Series
Swimming and Diving 1973-1974.
Field Hockey 1975-1976
Track and Field 1975-1976
Swimming and Diving 1975-1976.
Cross Country 1976-1977
Field Hockey 1976-1977.
Swimming and Diving 1976-1977.
Synchronized Swimming 1976-1977.
Track and Field 1976-1977.
Cross Country 1977-1978.
Field Hockey 1977-1978.
Synchronized Swimming 1977-1978.
Track and Field 1977-1978.
Cross Country 1978-1979.
Field Hockey 1978-1979
Swimming and Diving 1978-1979.
Track and Field 1978-1979
Track and Field 1979-1980
Field Hockey 1980-1981.
Swimming and Diving 1980-1981
Track and Field 1980-1981.
Eastern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Interim Policies and Operating Procedures Member College Handbook."
- Box 17, folder 1
Northwest College Women's Sports Association "Policy Hand-book. " 1972-73.
- Box 17, folder 2
Eastern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Policies and Procedures Handbook." 1974-75.
- Box 17, folder 3
Midwest Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Handbook." 1974-75.
- Box 17, folder 4
Texas Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Handbook." 1974-75.
- Box 17, folder 5
Northwest College Women's Sports Association. "Handbook." 1976-77
- Box 17, folder 6
Northwest College Women's Sports Association "Program Directory." 1976-77
- Box 17, folder 7
Southern Associaiton For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Region II Directory. " 1976-77.
- Box 17, folder 8
Northwest College Women's Sports Association. "Handbook." 1977-78.
- Box 17, folder 9
Southeastern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Handbook, Southeastern Region." 1977-78.
- Box 17, folder 10
Southern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women "Region II Directory." 1977-78.
- Box 17, folder 11
Southern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women "Region II Handbook." 1977-78.
- Box 17, folder 12
Southwest Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women "Handbook." 1978-79.
- Box 17, folder 13
Eastern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Handbook" 1978-79.
- Box 17, folder 14
Midwest Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Handbook." 1978-79.
- Box 17, folder 15
Northwest College Women's Sports Association "Directory." 1978-79.
- Box 17, folder 16
Northwest College Women's Sports Association. "Handbook." 1978-79.
- Box 17, folder 17
Southern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Region II Handbook." 1978-79
- Box 17, folder 18
Southeastern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Handbook." 1978-79.
- Box 17, folder 19
Southern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women "Region II Handbook." 1980-81.
- Box 17, folder 20
Southern Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women "Region II Handbook." 1981-82.
- Box 17, folder 21
Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Sport Committees and Championship Directors Handbook."
- Box 17, folder 22
Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Student Leadership Manual."
- Box 17, folder 23
Association For Intercollegiate Athletics For Women. "Student Leadership Manual."
- Box 17, folder 24