Friday, October 9, 2020

Winter Is (not) Coming

 


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OCTOBER 9, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Winter Is (not) Coming
 


 

The first domino has fallen in Division III for winter sports, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has canceled conference competition, including championships, for the winter season.

Students may continue to practice according to NCAA, NESCAC and institutional policies, while institutions may schedule outside competition at their discretion.

>> What They're Saying: “The conditions on the ground have not really changed much since this fall, at least not for the better,” Bates athletic director Jason Fein said. “The students and everyone on campus have done a great job keeping the cases down, but there’s nothing we’ve seen to move the needle on changing the way we operate right now.”

>> The Bottom Line: “We’re holding out hope that goes winter well and we can participate in the spring,” Hamilton athletic director Jon Hind said.

>> Read the entire statement from the NESCAC presidents


 


2. Get Out the Vote!

 

Salute to students from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, as well as the women's basketball programs in the Centennial Conference for their part in getting out the vote.





#D3Votes  #Vote2020


 

3.  #LexStrong
 
Landmark Field Hockey Joins Atlantic East Conference 100 Miles Pledge

Add on another 100 miles for the members of the Landmark Conference who joined The Atlantic East's challenge to raise awareness and support for breast cancer education. 

The Landmark joins the Commonwealth Coast Conference field hockey programs in a challenge for each individual on the team to complete 100 miles, whether walking or running, in the 31 days of the month.

"The young women of Catholic University field hockey are committed to the 100-mile challenge to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and education. We stand with Alexis Howerin, Wesley College field hockey, and all individuals impacted by breast cancer at large. We are together in this effort and our hearts are with you."

>> Landmark Conference release
>> Atlantic East Conference release

 
4.  Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed before our time.
 
CCIW Logos - CCIW

Conference: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Commissioner: Maureen Harty
Headquarters: Naperville, Ill.
WebsiteCCIW.org
  • Founded: April 26, 1946 as College Conference of Illinois; name changed in 1967
  • Remaining Charter Members (7): Augustana, Carthage, Elmhurst, Illinois Wesleyan, Millikin, North Central, Wheaton
  • Other Core Members (2): Carroll (1955), North Park (1962)
  • Associates (9): Aurora (BOWL), Chicago (WLAX), Concordia Wisconsin (WRES), Dubuque (MLAX), Lakeland (BOWL, WRES), Loras (MVB), Marian (BOWL), Milwaukee School of Engineering (WRES), Washington Mo. (FB)
     
  • Oldest: Carroll (1846)
  • Largest: Elmhurst (2,704)
  • Smallest: Illinois Wesleyan (1,684)
  • Longest Trip: 253 miles (Carroll to Millikin)
  • Championship Sports: 25

>> Monday: Northwest Conference


sources: Google Maps, EADA

 

5. Comings and Goings
 
 
6.  1 Speed Reading Thing
 

by Rebecca Dolan, Wall Street Journal


"Paperbacks stacked high on your nightstand, e-books lingering in your Amazon carts, articles left unread in your browser—at this point it’s too much material for a normal human lifetime. Several apps and technologies, however, can help you plow through the pages you’ve piled up (with the best intentions) during quarantine, in far less time."

Arek Holko claims that his app Outread (free for iOS), with its streamlined user interface, can bump a reader’s words-per-minute average to between 450 and 600 words—twice that of standard English readers—by using two speed-reading modes. 

Another option: The coach-like Spreeder (free, with upgrades from $5, spreeder.com) has a clunkier interface but tries to overcome that criticism, walking you through several guided speed-reading courses that can help drill you out of sluggish habits, like fixating on single words or losing your place in a text."

>> Read More (sorry, couldn't help myself) and have a great weekend

 

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Train Has Left the Station

 


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OCTOBER 8, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The Train Has Left the Station

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) passed the first legislation of its kind in college sports to allow its student-athletes the opportunity to be compensated for use of their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL). The legislation approved today by NAIA membership follows a year-long discussion on the topic and extends previous legislation relaxing NAIA rules related to amateurism and NIL. 

The legislation, which is an amendment to existing language under the NAIA Amateur Code, allows a student-athlete to receive compensation for promoting any commercial product, enterprise, or for any public or media appearance. Additionally, it is now permissible for a student-athlete to reference their intercollegiate athletic participation in such promotions or appearances.

>> What They're Saying: “This is a landmark day for the NAIA, and we are happy to lead the way in providing additional opportunities for our student-athletes,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “The time was right for the NAIA to ensure our student-athletes can use their name, image and likeness in the same ways as all other college students.”

>> What's Next: "Although the NCAA is expected to pass legislation in 2021 that would cover similar opportunities, the NAIA legislation goes a step further than the NCAA legislation is likely to go by allowing student athletes to reference their intercollegiate athletic participation in promotions and appearances." - Kristi Dosh, BusinessOfCollegeSports.com

>> Be Smart: The train has left the station.

>> Read More

 

2.  Regional Realignment


A new Division III sport region realignment model will take effect during the 2021-22 academic year. This plan, supported by the Division III Commissioners Association, creates a scale for regional alignment based on sport sponsorship and other key principles, including the following:

  • Maintaining conference members in the same regions.
  • Importance of geographic proximity in regional placement.
  • Balancing the number of schools across all regions.
  • Competitive balance across the regions.


>> The realignment model

 

3.  Worlds Combine for Shifflett
 



Softball has always been Torie Shifflett's passion. Since arriving at Bridgewater College, the junior has played in 33 total contests, including all 16 in the truncated 2020 season, and boasts a solid .419 career batting average. But off the field, the Dayton, Va. native also boasts an impressive winning record in something else – pageants.

"My mom used to compete in pageants and then my sister did as well," said Shifflett. "My mom put me in them before I could walk. I like the diversity it brings in my life."

The second baseman started off in the local circuit, winning both the Junior Miss and Miss Titles at the Rockingham County Fair pageant. The wins in her hometown gave her the necessary skills and confidence to compete in the larger systems such as Miss Collegiate America.

Most recently, Shifflett competed in the Miss Collegiate America pageant in Little Rock, Ark. on September 11 and 12 as Miss Collegiate Connecticut.

When the junior started to get more serious with softball, she devoted the majority of her time to the sport. She says that when an opportunity to compete in a pageant does come around, she is thankful to be surrounded by coaches, teammates and professors who support her.

"Coach Meg [Pleskovic] said 'Go do great, go represent us. Don't worry about softball for the week.' That was a blessing in disguise. I'm just really lucky to have such supportive people around me and encouraging me to do my best."

>> Go Deeper

- courtesy of Bridgewater College athletic communications



4.  Great Gifts


Multi-million dollar gifts were announced this week that will benefit Division III institutions.

Smith College received the largest gift in its history: $50 million from an alumna donor who wished to remain anonymous. Of the total, $40 million will go toward financial aid and $10 million will be used to revamp the college’s career development program.

The Harold Alfond Foundation will invest $240 million over the next 12 years into the University of Maine system. The gift is the largest in the foundation’s history and is being touted as the largest ever made to public higher education in New England.

The system will leverage the gift to seek $170 million in matching funds from private, state and federal sources, according to a press release.


 

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5.  Conference Call

Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed before our times.
 
Conference: Presidents Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Joe Onderko
Headquarters: New Wilmington, Pa.
WebsitePACathletics.org
  • Founded: 1955
  • Core Members (10): Bethany (1958), Thiel (1958), Washington & Jefferson (1958), Grove City (1984), Waynesburg (1990), Westminster (2000), Saint Vincent (2006), Chatham (2007), Geneva (2007), Franciscan (2020)
  • Affiliates (2): Carnegie Mellon (FB), Case Western Reserve (FB)
     
  • Oldest: Washington & Jefferson (1781)
  • Largest: Franciscan (2,030)
  • Smallest: Bethany (553)
  • Longest Trip: 126 (Thiel to Waynesburg)
  • Championship Sports: 24
     
>> Tomorrow: CCIW

sources: Google Maps, EADA

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 

 
7.  Post of the Day

 


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

SIDs: Essential

 


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OCTOBER 7, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  SIDs: Essential

 


When asked what a sports information director does, veteran University of North Carolina SID Steve Kirschner responded from the heart. And in the light of many layoffs in my former industry, Kirschner's words ring true and should provide a wakeup call for all those making personnel decisions.

Let me hit some highlights of Kirschner's list:

  • Communications duties
  • Historical archives
  • Advice for students, coaches on dealing with media
  • Special award campaigns
  • Design graphics
  • Produce short videos
  • Press releases (academic, community service)
  • Crisis communications specialist
  • Staffing for regular-season and championship events
  • Writing for website, media and social
  • In-game statistics
  • Coordinate interviews
  • Event previews
  • Season statistics
  • Conference and national player of week nominations
  • Scouting for coaches
  • Research for recruiting, graphics, letters, flyers, etc.
  • Game day programs
  • Scripts for public address



>> Continue Reading
 


2.  Looking Back
 

...


His head coach called him, "an ugly quarterback."

He referred to himself as playing a little "like Doug Flutie, but I'm not as fast."

In fact, how many Afghani quarterbacks do you know? I'll wait.

But 20 years ago today, Menlo QB Zamir Amin set an NCAA all-divisions record by throwing for 731 yards in a 37-32 loss to Cal Lutheran. He completed 39-of-66 passes with four TDs and three picks. Amin's 731 yards bettered the previous NCAA mark of 716 yards set by Houston's David Klingler in 1990.

Little known fact about that game ... Menlo showed up just 15 minutes prior to kickoff due to transportation problems. Even more impressive numbers with little to no warm-up time

>> Read More

 

3.  NADIIIAA Membership
 

A reminder to school and conference administrators that membership in the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators is free for the 2020-21 academic year. If you haven’t registered for membership yet, click here.
 
Join the NADIIIAA community and take advantage of the following membership benefits:

  • Numerous professional development, educational and networking opportunities, including programming at the NCAA Convention, annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics summer forum, NADIIIAA monthly webinars, etc.
  • The opportunity to nominate and receive numerous awards such as the Community Service Awards and Richard A. Rasmussen Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The NACDA Daily Review, a web clipping service that contains articles on intercollegiate athletics. The Daily Review arrives via email five days a week.
  • Use of the NADIIIAA Community for the exchange of information, ideas and employment opportunities with peers.

The opportunity to obtain a financial grant to assist in attending the NACDA Convention.
 

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4.  Special


Three conference offices and 34 schools reported Division III Special Olympics activities during the 2019-20 year involving approximately 4,600 Division III student-athletes and 4,200 Special Olympics athletes. The division dedicated just over 10,438 volunteer hours and raised a total of $14,630 because of these activities.

The division also donated additional funds to Special Olympics generated from Division III Week initiatives ($2,750). Thank you to all the student-athletes, schools and conference offices that participated in this accomplishment.

 
5. Conference Call
 
Today we continue our look at Division III conferences with those formed before our times.
New Jersey Athletic Conference - Official Athletics Website

Conference
: New Jersey Athletic Conference
Commissioner: Terry Small
Headquarters: Pitman, N.J.
WebsiteNJACsports.com
  • Founded: 1957
  • Operated as men's sports league until 1985 when it merged with women's Jersey Athletic Conference
  • Remaining Charter Members (6): College of New Jersey, Kean, Montclair, New Jersey City, Rowan, William Paterson
  • Other Core Members (4): Ramapo (1976), Stockton (1977), Rutgers-Camden (1985), Rutgers-Newark (1985)
  • Associate Members (10): Christopher Newport (FB), Farmingdale State (T&F), Oneonta (MTEN), PSU Harrisburg (T&F), St. Joseph's, L.I. (T&F), Salisbury (FB), UW-Eau Claire (MTEN), UW-La Crosse (MTEN), UW-Whitewater (MTEN), Wesley (FB)
     
  • Oldest: Kean, TCNJ (1855)
  • Largest: Montclair State (15,014)
  • Smallest: Rutgers-Camden (4,759)
  • Longest Trip: 133 miles (Ramapo to Stockton)
  • Championship Sports: 21

>> Tomorrow: Presidents Athletic Conference


sources: Google Maps, EADA

 
6.  Comings and Goings
 
 
7.  RIP Van Halen
 


Eddie Van Halen performs in Wantagh, N.Y., in 2015. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images


Eddie Van Halen, a grinning guitar god who "redefined the sound and possibilities of the electric guitar in the 1970s and '80s," died of throat cancer Tuesday at 65, the L.A. Times reports.

  • His iconic guitar — Frankenstein, or Frankenstrat — "was pieced together to his personal specifications in 1975 from the components of other instruments — a $50 body, a $75 neck, a single Humbucker pickup and crucial tremolo bar."
  • Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains said during Grammy weekend in 2019: "Ed’s a once- or twice-in-a-century kind of guy. There’s Hendrix and there’s Eddie Van Halen."

The backstory: "Born in the Netherlands and raised in Pasadena, Calif.," Variety writes, "he founded Van Halen with his older brother, drummer Alex; the siblings were joined by vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony in the first recording lineup of the group, which exploded after star-making gigs at such West Hollywood clubs as Gazzarri’s and the Starwood."


>> Worth Your Time. I can't even air guitar this good.

 

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