CIAA Reverses Decision On Marching Band Halftime Restrictions

It’s football season and for HBCU football that means halftime shows. The halftime show is one is a part of the HBCU football experience. Recently, the NCAA announced a new rule about the length of halftime performances for Division I, II, III college institutions. The rule states that halftime performances should only last 20 minutes, if there is any time delay than a 10-yard penalty will be given. Most universities have succumb to this new regulation, but the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), has begged to differ after social media backlash. CIAA, one of the oldest historically black athletic conferences, is speaking up against the NCAA new rule for halftime.

CIAA officials announced last week on HBCU Digest that the “schools would have ultimate oversight of marching band performances and that the CIAA would not issue punishment to schools which exceed the NCAA-mandated 20-minute buffer between the first and second half of football games.” This was prompted by a conference call with the athletic directors from all CIAA schools and their commissioner, Jacqie McWilliams. The conference call made everyone realize that “the band is part of the game-day experience.”

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Amber Peters is a current MBA candidate and full-time Accountant. She is a proud Alumna of Texas Southern University. “Faith without work means nothing”


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