May 16, 2020 4:57 AM

NCAA DII Management Council recommends lowering contest maximums, minimums for 2020-21

Posted May 16, 2020 4:57 AM

Presidents Council to consider varied reductions to maximums, 33% reductions to minimums

By Corbin McGuire | NCAA

The NCAA Division II Management Council on Friday voted to recommend the Division II Presidents Council reduce the maximum number of permissible contests for the 2020-21 academic year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each sport’s reduction to its maximum in the recommendation varies. The Presidents Council, which meets by videoconference Tuesday, will consider the recommendation and make the final decision. 

The Management Council also voted to recommend the Presidents Council take action to reduce both the minimum number of contests for Division II championships selection and for sports sponsorship by 33% for the upcoming academic year.

All three of the Management Council’s recommendations from its videoconference meeting came after considering feedback from several leadership groups, Division II governance committees and two surveys of the division’s leadership.

In April, the Division II Conference Commissioners Association conducted a survey in which nearly 95% of the division’s athletics directors participated. From the survey, the Division II CCA put forward the initial proposal to reduce minimums and maximums. The proposal was brought to the Division II Championships Committee, Membership Committee, Legislation Committee and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for their discussion and recommendations.

The Management Council also considered the results of a Division II membership survey, specific to reducing maximums, that 435 division leaders responded to earlier this week. The survey was taken by 258 athletics directors, 154 presidents and chancellors, and 23 conference commissioners. Roughly 85% of the survey respondents said they supported some form of reduction to the maximum permissible contests for the 2020-21 academic year.

“These decisions are extremely difficult to make, but the feedback from across Division II and our committees was vital in guiding the Management Council,” said Chris Graham, commissioner of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and chair of the Management Council. “As many schools face financial struggles, and some have started to cut sports entirely due to COVID-19, it was imperative to provide scheduling flexibility in Division II while maintaining competitive equity and continuing to give student-athletes the opportunities they deserve to compete in NCAA championships.”  

Maximums Notes

The Management Council voted to recommend to the Presidents Council that men’s and women’s basketball teams may not exempt two contests played as part of a conference challenge event or games played in the Tip-Off Classic for the 2020-21 academic year. Typically, schools can exempt these contests.

Additionally, the Management Council voted to recommend discretionary exemptions, such as scrimmages and exhibitions, against non-Division II four-year schools remain exempt against maximum contest totals. The council also recommended that no reductions be implemented for maximums for National Collegiate Championship sports, emerging sports and Division II men’s ice hockey for the 2020-21 academic year.

Sport by sport recommended maximums for the 2020-21 academic year only:

  1. Baseball: 40
  2. Women’s basketball: 22
  3. Men’s basketball: 22
  4. Cross country: 6
  5. Field hockey: 14
  6. Football: 10
  7. Men’s golf: 16
  8. Women’s golf: 16
  9. Men’s lacrosse: 13
  10. Women’s lacrosse: 13
  11. Women’s rowing: 14
  12. Men’s soccer: 14
  13. Women’s soccer: 14
  14. Softball: 44
  15. Swimming and diving: 12
  16. Men’s tennis: 17
  17. Women’s tennis: 17
  18. Indoor track and field: 14
  19. Outdoor track and field: 14
  20. Women’s volleyball: 20
  21. Men’s wrestling: 12

Minimums Notes

Women’s rowing is the lone exception to the recommended 33% reduction to minimums for championships selection, which would set their minimums at three contests. Rowing’s minimum requirement instead was decreased from five to four contests. The rationale behind rowing’s exception was that a team could conceivably compete three times in one weekend, as one race equals one contest. The increase ensures teams must compete on at least two weekends to be selected for the Division II championship.

The recommendation for a 33% reduction to the minimums for sports sponsorship include all Division II sports, including National Collegiate Championships sports, emerging sports and Division II men’s ice hockey.

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May 16, 2020 4:57 AM
Eagle sports soar in academic year, grades will be among best in RMAC

By: CSC Athletics

CHADRON, Neb. -- May 14, 2020 -- Final grades are in for the 2019-20 Chadron State College academic year, and CSC student athletes performed exceptionally well, according to grade information compiled by the athletics compliance office on Thursday.

In summary, the student-athlete body collectively scored a 3.08 out of 4.00 annual grade point average, good for more than a B average. Additionally, a quarter of the collegians had straight-As.

A couple of programs could be in contention for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Brechler Awards, given to the team in each league sport with the highest grades.

The top team GPA this year went to the women's golf program, coached by Dr. John Ritzen and Dr. Willie Hoffman. The ladies crushed it this year with a 3.83 GPA, and they also had one of the best seasons, while shortened, in program history. All nine members had at least a 3.0, including seven with perfect grades. By comparison Fort Lewis, the Brechler winner in 2018-19, earned a 3.57.

Women's cross country was next-best with a 3.49. They were followed closely by the top team sport, volleyball, with a 3.47, edging women's basketball at 3.46.' Women's track and field, which includes the distance runners, had a 3.40.

The biggest improvement between semesters made by any program was found in men's rodeo, which started with a 2.85 in the fall, but finished with a 3.70 in the spring to average 3.24 for the year.

The Eagles football team, Brechler winners in four of the first seven years the award has been offered, earned a 3.03 GPA. Each of the past three times the program has topped 3.00, it was the best in the RMAC.

Next to golf, softball made the biggest jump from last years grades, for women's sports. The team's 3.13 was a tenth higher than its 3.03 in 2018-19.

Among men's sports, track and wrestling saw the greatest improvement year over year. Track and field gained 0.16 to finish at 2.79, while the wrestlers improved from 2.83 to 2.88 in 2019-20. More than half of both teams carried a 3.00 throughout the year.

The men's basketball program saw half its 18 members earn a 3.00 or better, finishing the spring semester with an annual GPA of 2.78.

The league's team academic superlatives are typically announced in June of each year, and the teams are recognized with a plaque at the annual awards ceremony over the summer.