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DIII spring championship plans move forward in most sports based on participation numbers

Committee will continue to monitor numbers in rowing

The Division III Championships Committee reviewed the spring championships declaration data at its meeting Wednesday.

The spring declaration form, distributed to all Division III athletics directors, asked member schools to indicate their intention to compete during the spring season in a capacity that would permit them to meet the minimum contest requirements to be eligible for championship selection by the established selection dates. The form was sent March 3.

Based off the high number of schools planning to compete this spring, the committee will move forward with conducting spring championships for baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, and men’s volleyball. Rowing is the only sport currently below the committee’s established threshold to provide a national championship experience. Since the rowing championship is more than two months away, the committee decided it will monitor the 90% threshold and the number of schools participating over the next few weeks by asking sponsoring institutions in advance whether their plans have changed before making a final decision on conducting the championship.

  60% Threshold 70% 90%
Sport Sponsorship 387 302 240 250 291 405 315 348 328 337 109 49
Yes 93% 90% 88% 89% 85% 91% 85% 85% 89% 88% 70% 65%
No 7% 10% 12% 11% 15% 9% 15% 15% 11% 12% 30% 35%
% Responding 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%