National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Organization that administers U.S. intercollegiate athletics.

It was formed in 1906 but did not acquire significant powers to enforce its rules until 1942. Headquartered at Indianapolis, Ind., it functions as a general legislative and administrative authority, formulating and enforcing rules of play for various sports and eligibility criteria for athletes. It has about 1,200 member schools and conducts about 80 national championships in a total of about 20 sports.

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