Thursday, June 25, 2020

Fall Ball Stall

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JUNE 25, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Fall Ball Stall
 
CIF Sets July 20 Deadline to Determine If Fall Sports Continue on ...

On Monday, Bowdoin and UMass Boston both announced that intercollegiate athletics would not take place during the fall semester.

"Athletics is an important part of the Bowdoin experience for so many of our students. Unfortunately, given that we will not have all students on campus in the fall, we will not be participating in fall and winter varsity sports during the fall semester, said President Clayton Rose."

He went on to comment and, perhaps, shine a light on the plans for the remainder of the NESCAC membership.
 
"The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is developing plans for fall, winter, and spring sports regarding the ways in which coaches will be permitted to engage with their teams, and we anticipate providing opportunities for our coaches to work with their student-athletes from each sport season in the fall. The conference’s most recent statement can be found later in this message. As I have already noted, I am hopeful that there will be an opportunity for the winter, spring, and possibly fall varsity athletes to participate and compete in some form after January 1."
 
UMass Boston interim chancellor Katherine Newman noted, "Student athletes are particularly sad about the loss of team sports, and we deeply regret the effect that our fall plan has on everyone involved in our athletics program. If there were a way to make a different decision in a manner that we feel is responsible, we surely would. Sadly, the virus is spreading amongst athletes in states that have opened up. We don’t want that to happen to our Beacons."

>> Why It Matters: COVID-19 has not ebbed during the hot, summer months and has reached record numbers in various southern and western states.

>> Between The Lines: The NESCAC has seldom split ranks on athletic decisions and we would be extremely surprised to see the remaining members compete during the fall semester. The Little East Conference does not have a similar history as its New England neighbors and now faces new administrative challenges.

>> Yes, But: Although colleges have announced plans for resuming classes on campus - either in-person or remote - few have clearly defined policies for resuming athletic practices and competitions. 

>> Be Smart: With new data and information on the virus daily, presidents, athletic directors and commissioners have another difficult decision to make on the Fall 2020 season.
 

 
2.  Taking Down #1 Twice in a Night
 

by Sal Maiorana, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Rochester basketball"It would be tough to argue that winning the 1990 NCAA men’s basketball Division III national championship isn’t the greatest athletic moment in the history of the University of Rochester.

But one that certainly deserves a long look as runner-up occurred on Feb. 23, 2003, and I was fortunate to have a court-side seat.

That Sunday afternoon, the Palestra played host to a doubleheader as the men’s and women’s basketball teams welcomed two powerhouse teams from Washington University, both having arrived on the banks of the Genesee River sporting undefeated records and ranked No. 1 in the country in the NCAA Division III polls.

However, over the span of about five hours, the old gym rocked like it rarely has as the UR men pulled out a thrilling 83-82 overtime victory, and the women followed with a come-from-behind 82-73 triumph.

Dennis O’Donnell, the long-time communications director at UR, emailed me recently about this day, and he shared the following anecdote regarding a quick exchange we had following the men’s game.

“You finished your post-game interviews for the men and were getting ready to write,” O’Donnell recalled. “You asked me if I could promise you a women’s game just as good as that and I told you, ‘Sal, you’re talking to an old, fat guy. I don’t know if my heart can take another finish like that.’”

>> Continue Down Memory Lane
 


3.  Undergraduate Experiences and Post-Graduate Outcomes


NCAA slashes distribution to Division I schools by $375M
 

As a follow-up to their 2016 study, Gallup has produced a new report on the college experiences and life outcomes of college graduates who competed in NCAA athletics in Divisions I, II or III.  Gallup interviewed nearly 5,000 former NCAA student-athletes about their college experiences and current well-being, and compared the responses to 69,000 non-student-athlete graduates from the same colleges. 

The study sought to delve deeply into the long-term experiences of U.S. college athletes, looking specifically at patterns across decades, NCAA membership divisions and a variety of athlete characteristics including gender, race/ethnicity, first-generation and transfer status.

In the 2020 study, Gallup found that NCAA student-athletes engaged in important undergraduate experiences at higher rates than their non-athlete peers and are more likely to be thriving in many post-college domains.

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4. Technology Rule for Track and Field


by Greg Johnson, NCAA


"The use of technology to view video during track and field competitions is among the recommended rules changes supported by the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Rules Committee.

Committee members, who met by videoconference last week, proposed that only coaches could use hand-held technology devices for purposes of video review in field events and for timing in running events. Competitors could view the video with their coaches provided they did so in a specific area designated by meet management. The area would have to be in a location that does not interfere with other ongoing competition.

If video is viewed outside of the designated area, it would result in a warning, and a second violation would result in a disqualification for the coach and competitor.

The committee believes this allowed use of technology would align NCAA track and field competition with other national and international governing bodies in the sport."

>> What's Next: "In recent years, committee members have discussed reorganizing the NCAA Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Book. This goal was completed at the conclusion of their 2020 virtual meeting.  When the rules book is published in the fall, the track and field and cross country communities will see a more user-friendly rules book that clearly differentiates indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and cross country rules."

>> Continue Reading

 


5. Fall Academic Openings
 
Colleges and universities are beginning to unveil their plans for reopening for the fall semester. To add your institution to our list, please send a relevant link with the information to D3Playbook@gmail.com.

August 12 - Berea
August 17 - GettysburgHopePenn CollegeSt. Mary's (Md.)
August 20 - Ursinus
August 24 - MuhlenbergRosemont
August 26 - St. Lawrence
August 31 - CabriniCentenary (N.J.)
September 1 - Connecticut College
September 2 Bowdoin (first-years, new transfers ONLY)Endicott
September 7 - Colby-Sawyer
September 8 - MiddleburyTufts

>> Be Smart: What does an earlier end to the fall semester - prior to Thanksgiving - mean for those participating in winter sports? Just one more question to add to the ever-growing list.

 

6.  Comings and Goings
 

 
7.  Tweet of the Day
 

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Can The Band Play On?

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JUNE 22, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Can The Band Play On?

CMU Kiltie Band - A Tradition Since 1908
The Carnegie Mellon University Kiltie band ... a tradition since 1908
 
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY
 

"At the barest of bare minimums, the Michigan Marching Band could play “The Victors” with 32 people. If necessary, a song that would typically showcase more than 200 students lined up almost shoulder-to-shoulder to form a block "M" could be whittled down to the basics and still play that tune every college football fan would recognize. 

“We aren’t going to do that,” said John Pasquale, the director of Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands. “But that would cover all the parts necessary.”

But just like the football teams they share the stage with every Saturday, there’s a big question that will hang over college marching bands this fall: How do you do it safely?"

>> The Big Picture: “If you want to disseminate an aerosol,” said Dr. Henry Hoffman, otolaryngologist and professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, “blowing something out around people is probably a pretty good way to disseminate it.”

>> Quotable: "We just don’t know really from the science at this point how safe or risky it might be to play wind instruments together,” Dr. Adam Schwalje said. “There are some things that are in favor of marching bands -- playing outdoors where the winds might disperse any aerosols … but I think there’s a lot of other types of question marks about behaviors that go along with playing instruments, like swabbing instruments, blowing them out, getting rid of the condensation that accumulates in a safe way.

>> Be Smart: “We didn’t cover this in any of our undergraduate ‘How to be a band director’ classes,” said Brian Britt, the director of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. “We’re trying to think through, how do we rehearse safely? What are the protocols in that going to look like? What is game day going to look like at home?

>> The Final Word: Just one more troubling piece of the COVID puzzle for great DIII marching bands such as AdrianAlmaCarrollCarnegie MellonChristopher NewportGettysburgGrove CityLebanon ValleyLinfieldManchesterMonmouthMoravianMount UnionNorth CentralOlivetSaint VincentWestminster (Pa.) and many others.

>> Keep Reading

 


2.  Campus Reactions to Racial Injustice
 



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3. NCAA Expands Confederate Flag Policy
 

The NCAA Board of Governors has expanded the Association’s Confederate flag policy to prevent any NCAA championship events from being played in states where the symbol has a prominent presence. 

The policy previously barred the awarding of sites determined in advance of a championship in states that displayed the Confederate flag. However, if a college or university team earned the right to host a championship game based on its tournament seeding or ranking -- considered a nonpredetermined award -- the team could host on its college campus or in its home territory.  

Mississippi is the only state currently affected by the Association’s policy. 

>> What They're Saying: “Competing in an NCAA championship is a special experience for college athletes who compete at the highest level and we are grateful for the college athlete voice leading to this decision,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We must do all we can to ensure that NCAA actions reflect our commitment to inclusion and support all our student-athletes. There can be no place within college sports where any student-athlete is demeaned or unwelcome.”

>> Why It Matters: "The Executive Committee reviewed the policy in 2014, per a request by the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.  The policy remained unchanged, which allowed schools competing in sports such as baseball, softball, lacrosse and later women’s basketball the opportunity to host preliminary non-determined championship events in their home state, which included Mississippi. That will no longer be allowed under the expanded flag policy."

 

4. The DIII Experience

A female athlete lifts a placard that says '2019 Women's Soccer SCIAC Tournament Champions' while her teammates cheer around her.
by Chloe Hamer, Pitzer College
 

Hamer, a soccer player from Santa Barbara, Calif., writes about what she sees as the differences between Division I and Division III. She offers a tip of the cap to those who earn an athletic scholarship, while also noting the advantages of the non-scholarship Division III experience.

>> The Hype Around Division I: "For starters, there’s the excitement about committing. As a high school athlete, there is nothing more glorious than the moment you receive a call from a coach inviting you to commit to play your sport for their school. Following that call is the period where you get to tell all your nagging relatives and competitive friends that you have finally solidified your destination and achieved what is likely the most important goal of your young life."

>> The Not-So-Hype: "Committing to play a sport for a DI school is essentially committing to a job. Your athletic scholarship depends on performance and keeps you from quitting no matter your level of passion for your sport, unless you are willing to take the financial blow of having to actually pay for your own education. With almost zero time outside of practice and games, your sport becomes your identity, forcing you to deprioritize not only your social life, but academic and extracurricular experiences as well."

>> A True Student-Athlete Experience: "Perhaps the biggest attraction of playing for a DIII school is that the dual title, “student-athlete,” is taken extremely seriously, with some schools even proclaiming themselves as “scholar-champions” (which is a little premature to declare at the beginning of a season, in my opinion). Athletes who choose to go DIII likely value their academic experience as much, or more, than their athletic one."

>> The Key Stat: "The DIII athletic experience is the only one that both emphasizes and allows the importance of well-roundedness and versatility."

>> The Final Word: "The only real mistake that an aspiring student-athlete can make is to remain in the dark about the different experiences that each division has to offer and choosing to play for a school without checking in with themselves on what they really want from their time in college. And who knows? Understanding the difference may mean that your next Instagram caption will proudly champion the hashtag #d3bound."

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5. Fall Academic Openings
 

Colleges and universities are beginning to unveil their plans for reopening for the fall semester. To add your institution to our list, please send a relevant link with the information to D3Playbook@gmail.com.

August 20 Hendrix
August 24 FranciscanVirginia Wesleyan
August 26 St. Lawrence
August 31 - HoughtonSpringfieldWesleyan (Conn.)
September 2 - Worcester State
September 8 - Salve Regina

 

6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  1 Turtle Thing 


Photo: Fairfax County Police Department via AP


A 65-pound alligator snapping turtle with a face only its mother could love has found a new home at a Norfolk zoo after freaking out residents in northern Virginia, AP reports.

  • The turtle, dubbed Lord Fairfax, was repeatedly crossing a residential road in the Alexandria area, according to Fairfax County Police.

State fisheries folks say the turtle is just a juvenile and could eventually grow as big as 200 pounds.


 
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