Friday, February 26, 2021

Spring Sports Sponsorship Waiver


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FEBRUARY 26, 2021 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Spring Sports Sponsorship Waiver

by Jeremy Villanueva, NCAA

"The Division III Membership Committee recommended waiving the sports sponsorship requirement for spring sports at its meeting via videoconference Wednesday.

If the Division III Administrative Committee, acting on behalf of the Division III Management and Presidents Councils, approves the blanket waiver recommendation, it would eliminate the minimum number of contests and participants required for spring sports to meet sports sponsorship requirements during the 2020-21 academic year. This is consistent with a decision made in August waiving the sports sponsorship requirement for fall and winter sports.

The committee also reviewed sports sponsorship reporting obligations and the definition of a student-athlete for the 2020-21 year for the sports sponsorship and demographics form along with the athletics program assessments and annual reports. The deadline for this year’s sports sponsorship demographic form will not be delayed."

  • The deadline for the 2021 Institutional Self-Study Guide was extended to May 31, 2022. The committee agreed to extend the deadline from June 1, 2021, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The committee confirmed the once every three years attendance requirement for select institutions at the Regional Rules Seminars remains unchanged this year.

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2.  Next Gen
A number of former Bullets have joined the coaching ranks since graduating from high school.
From top left clockwise: Julika Blankenship '03, Katie Hagan '07 & Carol Cantele '83, Kristen Stuckel '95, Lindsay Menton '13, Megan Murphy Borman '03, Laura McIntyre '11, Maddie Coleman '12

courtesy of Gettysburg Athletic Communications

"Since its first varsity lacrosse season in 1971, the women's lacrosse program at Gettysburg College has developed hundreds of young women into leaders on the field of play. Many of those former student-athletes have returned the favor, investing their own time and energy as coaches and guiding the next generation of lacrosse players.

Only three women have held the mantle of head women's lacrosse coach at Gettysburg College - Grace KenneyLois Bowers, and Carol Cantele '83 – maintaining a steady and impactful presence on campus over the last 50 years. The cycle of leadership began early and Cantele is a prime example, learning the coaching trade from Bowers and embarking on her own record-setting career, all the while developing a new generation of coaches.

There are many, many former student-athletes that have used the experiences from their days wearing the orange and blue to become top-tier coaches on all levels of competition, including middle/high school, club, and all three NCAA Divisions. 
  • Carol Cantele '83, HC, Gettysburg
  • Kristen Stuckel '95, HC, Muhlenberg
  • Megan Murphy Borman '03
  • Julika Blankenship '04, HC, Winthrop
  • Kate Murphy Bashaw '05
  • Katie Hagen '07
  • Laura McIntyre '11, HC, Cal Lutheran
  • Maddie Coleman '12, associate HC, Denison
  • Lindsay Menton '13
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"I have had the opportunity to work with Skye Dillon on a variety of projects across multiple conferences. Whether it was a complete branding and logo overhaul or unique projects spread out over the course of a year while ensuring our conference stays loyal to the tenants of our overall brand and style, Skye is always on top of his game. Skye is a trusted resource for any design or visual project and I look forward to continued work with him for years to come."

- Katie Boldvich, Commissioner | Landmark Conference

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3. Tartans, Titans Top Polls

The latest WGCA and GCAA rankings are out and Carnegie Mellon and Illinois Wesleyan hold down the top spots.

  1. Carnegie Mellon (7), 282
  2. Methodist, 265
  3. Washington, Mo. (2), 258
  4. George Fox, 247
  5. Williams (1), 243
  6. Redlands, 236
  7. New York U. (1), 220
  8. Rhodes, 213
  9. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 161
  10. Washington and Lee, 145
11-15: Carleton, Illinois Wesleyan, DePauw, Mary Hardin-Baylor (2), Pomona-Pitzer
16-20: Bethel, UW=Whitewater, Centre, Oglethorpe, Amherst

>> Complete Women's Poll

  1. Illinois Wesleyan (13), 385
  2. Huntingdon, 360
  3. Emory, 345
  4. Carnegie Mellon (1), 330
  5. Methodist, 300
  6. Piedmont (2), 300
  7. Hampden-Sydney, 285
  8. Guilford, 255
  9. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 225
  10. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 216
11-15: St. Thomas (Minn.), Greensboro, Gustavus Adolphus, Wittenberg, UW-Eau Claire
16-20: NYU, Hardin-Simmons, Oglethorpe, Washington and Lee, Southwestern

>> Complete Men's Poll


4.  Hoop, There It Is

Men's Basketball

#4 Wheaton 79, North Central, Ill. 73St. Scholastica 84, North Central, Minn. 78
Women's Basketball

#2 East Texas Baptist 63, LeTourneau 51DeSales 73, Arcadia 40
All of last night's scores and upcoming contests | MBB | WBB | MIH | WIH

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5. Comings and Goings

6.  Performance Beers

Photo: Zelus Beer Co.

Brewers are taking a page from Gatorade and putting electrolytes in "performance beers" to cut dehydration, Bloomberg's Tony Rehagen writes:

The market is still small ... but brewers say there are signs of growth. Some appeal to millennials who want to consume fewer calories and might put down their hard seltzer for a light beer.

- courtesy of Axios

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