A new set of selection criteria for the Division II Women’s Rowing Championships is slated to take effect Aug. 1, 2015, after receiving approval from the Division II Championships Committee during its May 29-30 meeting in Indianapolis.
During the Championship Committee’s last meeting in February, it approved sport-specific selection criteria requested by each sport’s governing committee for 14 sports. But it delayed a vote on the women’s rowing criteria to allow for further review.
This criteria approval was part of the implementation of a new championships selection process, which the Division II membership approved at January’s NCAA Convention. The new process creates consistent standards for selecting participants in championship events by establishing criteria by which every sport’s postseason participants will be measured, such as overall Division II in-region winning percentage, strength of schedule, Division II head-to-head competition and results against common Division II opponents. But it also allows each sport to identify additional criteria – specific to that sport – that it wants used in its selections.
The committee plans to develop and distribute educational materials regarding the new selections process for membership beginning in September 2014. The training efforts will continue through the August 2015 implementation date.
Basketball Split Regional Approved
The committee also passed a proposal for men’s and women’s basketball that would provide the option to split the regional in the event the top-ranked teams for both genders are from the same school. The option is designed to relieve a single school from being required to host two eight-team regionals. With a split regional, the No. 1 seed would host a sub-regional along with the Nos. 4, 5 and 8 seeds, and the No. 2 seed would host the other sub-regional with the Nos. 3, 6 and 7 seeds. The highest seed after those rounds would then host the regional final. The change would go into effect Sept. 1, 2014.
Community Engagement at Championships Endorsed
After hearing a report on the first year of community engagement events at 24 Division II championships, the committee voted to endorse the initiative for the 2014-2015 academic year. More than 2,100 student-athletes participated in the various events, which were held at least a day before competition and fostered interaction with elementary school students, veterans and other members of the championship hosting community.