Tuesday, September 1, 2020

It Just Means More


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SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  It Just Means More

by Todd D. Milewski, Wisconsin State Journal

"The start date of the 2020-21 NCAA hockey season is as uncertain as everything else in college athletics. But when and if the campaign starts, it appears there will be another element of dissension across the sport:

An overtime victory for the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team could be more valuable than for the men's team.

The NCAA hockey rules committee decided this offseason that all regular-season overtimes will be played in 3-on-3 format but had to leave the details on how much the results will mean for a team's NCAA tournament résumé to four separate committees.

The selection processes are controlled individually by committees covering Division I men, National Collegiate women (a combination of Division I and Division II teams), Division III men and Division III women.

And while the Division I men's committee opted to give only a mild amount of credit for an overtime victory, the other three have gone heavier."

>> The Formula: "The National Collegiate women and both Division III committees have recommended that an overtime victory count as 67% of a victory, with an overtime loss worth 33%. The split in Division I men will be 55% for the win and 45% for the loss."

>> Why It Matters: Since the team will not be playing 5-on-5 hockey, the DIII committees recommended the ratings percentage index (RPI) be adjusted to a 67/33 weighting as a fair and understood approach given that is how most DIII conferences award points for conference standings.

>> Continue Reading

2.  'America's First Conference'

The MIAA - America's First Conference - Gets A Refresh

"Founded in 1888, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) was the first collegiate conference in America. Today it is revitalizing its visual identity, building on its incredible legacy and positioning its brand to be purposeful and dynamic in the modern era.

Project objectives were threefold: first, to honor the MIAA’s heritage, second to position it for the future, and third to magnify brand awareness for each of its member institutions, all through a timeless design approach relevant to the modern-day student-athlete.

With over a century of equity in this moniker, the title ‘MIAA’ will continue to be the foundation of the brand as its primary messaging. A revised slogan, ‘America’s First Conference’, functions in a complementary role, leveraging this distinct trait among all of the NCAA."

>> Go Deeper


3.  First Steps

The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) has announced adjusted scheduling and/or tournament formats for 13 of its 21 championship sports for the 2020-21 academic year.

The changes to NACC schedules and championships - as outlined below - are designed to be in place for the 2020-21 academic year only and are needed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These adjustments are not intended to be permanent. The various league schedules posted to naccsports.org will be adjusted in the coming days.

>> What They're Saying: "It is important to note that the NACC plan for 2020-21 Fall/Winter Sport Conference Competition and Championships is just that, a plan," noted NACC Commissioner Jeff Ligney. "This is not a promise. Through its Council of Chief Executive Officers and standing committees composed of athletics administrators, the NACC is committed to doing its best to provide a quality student-athlete experience, but in a way that is safe for our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, campuses, and local communities."

>> Of Note: "The NACC Council of CEOs supports institutional autonomy regarding the decision to participate in intercollegiate athletics or athletically related activities this year. Teams will have the autonomy to schedule additional non-conference contests, in addition to the updated Conference schedules, as institutions and teams see fit."

>> Read More on the Plan

Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college student-athletes who receive a varsity letter in their sport, achieve junior academic standing or higher after their fifth full-time semester, and earn a 3.4 cumulative grade point average. Student-athletes who compete for a collegiate club team are also eligible if the club team is overseen by the athletics department at the local chapter.

Find out more at ChiAlphaSigma.com

4.  Conference Call

Today we begin continue our look at Division III conferences, going back to the 1990s.
Commissioner: Patrick Summers
Headquarters: Westwood, Mass.
  • Founded: 1998
  • Charter Members (5): Babson, MIT, Smith, Wellesley, Wheaton
  • Other Members (6): Mount Holyoke (1988), WPI (1988), Clark (1995), Coast Guard (1998), Springfield (1998), Emerson (2012)
  • Associates (6): Massachusetts Maritime (MLAX), Simmons (WROW), Merchant Marine (FB), Maine Maritime (FB), Norwich (FB), Catholic (FB)
  • Founded in 1985 as New England Women’s 6 Conference
  • Name changed to NEW 8 in 1988
  • Oldest: Wheaton (1834)
  • Largest: MIT (4,506)
  • Smallest: Wheaton (1,747)
  • Longest Trip: Emerson to Smith (102 miles)
  • Championship Sports: 19
  • Top Team Moment: Babson won the 2017 national men's basketball championship with a 79-78 victory over Augustana.

>> Tomorrow: Allegheny Mountain
>> Looking BackAtlantic East SAA | NECC | NACC | Landmark | NEAC

sources: Google Maps, EADA


5.  Comings and Goings
6.  1 WFH Thing

A beach in Bermuda. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP via Getty Images

"Scenic destinations, like Barbados and Bermuda, are offering special programs to allow remote workers to move there in a bit to boost their tourism-reliant economies, The Wall Street Journal's Debra Kamin reports.

  • "These guests to Bermuda are a hybrid of residents and visitors, spending money at our restaurants, spas … it will help us get our people in hospitality back to work," said Glenn Jones, interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority."

- courtesy of Axios


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