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Regional rankings protocol set in Division III

Championships committee decides on 20% standard per region in all sports

The Division III Championships Committee decided 20% of teams per region will be included in regional rankings in all sports when a new regional alignment plan takes effect in 2021-22.

Committee members, who met by videoconference Monday and Tuesday, made the decision after the adoption of the realignment plan earlier this year.

Sport committees were asked whether a fixed number of teams or a fixed percentage of teams would be preferred for regional rankings.

A fixed percentage was slightly preferred by sport committees and generally fell within the current allowable range of 15-21%.

Sport committees that favored a fixed number for regional rankings had a slightly greater percentage range when choosing a number, which ranged from seven to 10 teams per region.

Division III Championships Committee members decided ranking 20% of the teams per region in all sports was the most consistent, equitable and transparent approach to this issue.

Baseball, softball championships

Committee members tabled proposals from the Division III Baseball and Softball Committees that requested both championships be moved back a week, which would have become effective in the 2022-23 academic year.

Due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee wants more time to examine the issue.

Women’s basketball selections

The committee tabled a request from the Division III Women’s Basketball Committee to modify

the deadline for conferences to submit their automatic qualifier for selection purposes. Currently, 

the deadline is at 6 p.m. local time on the last allowable day. The basketball committee requested that the deadline be moved to 4 p.m. local time.

Championships committee members would like more time to examine any unintended consequences of this move.

“We know all sport committees must work late into the night to get the bracket set for selection shows the following day,” said Kiki Jacobs, committee chair and director of athletics at Roger Williams University. “This time change cannot be looked at in a vacuum. The committee thought we should consider all sports in this conversation.” 

The Division III Championships Committee continues to examine possible impacts the COVID-19 pandemic may have on regular-season play, as well as championship formats.