Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Hockey Rule Changes?

MAY 6, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  What Rules Might Ice Hockey Change?

The Big Ten referee C.J. Beaurline calls and NCAA tournament game. Photo by Jim Rosvold/University of Minnesota Athletics
by Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald

"There will be two common themes when the NCAA Rules Committee meets virtually next month to discuss rules changes in college hockey: speeding up the game and increasing scoring opportunities.

College hockey has the ability to change the rulebook every other year and this is one of those years. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA Rules Committee is proceeding ahead this offseason.

While the top of its list is figuring out how to proceed with overtime, the committee is expected to take a look at several ways to address the length of games and increase scoring opportunities. Here are nine rules ideas that are expected to be among the discussions:
  1. Eliminating 5x5 Overtime
  2. Changing Video Review Criteria
  3. Penalties for Bad Challenges
  4. Playing the Puck Off the Netting
  5. Keeping Centers In on Draws
  6. Choosing Faceoff Side
  7. A Subtle Change in Line Changes
  8. A Slight Change at the Blue Line
  9. Farewell, Handshakes?
2.  Vacancy

More than 600 colleges appear on the College Openings Update, published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. That means they have space for students in the fall.

NACAC publishes the list in early May and then publishes updates later in the summer. Last year, 419 colleges participated in the May list; a few years ago, the number was less than 300.

While the list is not a pure survey -- different colleges respond in different years -- it's another indication that this year will be challenging for many colleges.

3. Fall Plans

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s an alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.
  • Averett - making plans to reopen in the fall
  • Belhaven - planning to for in-person classes in the fall
  • Lewis & Clark - Planning for in-person fall classes
  • Marymount - planning for in-person fall classes
  • Otterbein - Planning to open campus in the fall
  • RIT - optimistic” about being open for fall
  • Schreiner - planning for in-person fall classes

as of May 5, 6:49 p.m. EDT

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4.  New Normal?

A TV cameraman walks through the spectators' seats, which are covered with pictures of fans, before the start of a regular-season baseball game in Incheon, South Korea, where the season started yesterday (without live fans).

5.  The List

UT Tyler Patriots on Twitter: "RETWEET to congratulate @Patriot_sb ...

DIII Softball National Championships
6 - College of New Jersey
4 - Central, Eastern Connecticut
3 - Tufts
2 - Linfield, Simpson, St. Thomas, Virginia Wesleyan
1 - Buena Vista, Chapman, East Texas Baptist, Ithaca, Messiah, Muskingum, Pacific Lutheran, Rutgers-Camden, Saint Mary's (Minn.), Texas Lutheran, Texas-Tyler, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stevens Point.

Most Runner-Up Finishes
6 - TCNJ
4 - Chapman
3 - Salisbury
2 - Buena Vista, Central, Eastern Connecticut, Linfield, UW-Whitewater

source: NCAA
6.  Comings and Goings

7.  1 Pup Thing 

Harbor, a Labrador retriever pup, takes a nap during a news conference at the American Kennel Club headquarters in New York. Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP/File

The American Kennel Club's top 10 dog breeds list.
  1. Labrador retrievers
  2. German shepherds
  3. Golden retrievers
  4. French bulldogs
  5. Bulldogs
  6. Poodles
  7. Beagles
  8. Rottweilers
  9. German shorthaired pointers
  10. Pembroke Welsh corgis

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