Thursday, March 10, 2022

School Sports, Reimagined


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1.  School Sports, Reimagined

Data: SFIA; Note: Respondents could select multiple venues; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

by Jeff Tracy, Axios 

"American teenagers are most likely to participate in sports through their schools, but innovation among school-based programs has largely stagnated, Axios' Jeff Tracy writes.

What they're saying: They boiled their research down to eight strategies that schools can use to improve the experience for the 40% of students who participate and capture some of the 60% who don't. A few examples:

  • Align sports with school mission: Winning isn't everything. If athletics aimed to achieve similar goals as the school itself, it would create more well-rounded student-athletes.
  • Understand your student population: Survey students, find out what they want and make an effort to provide it.
  • Create personal activity plans: Counselors help students map out their academic goals. Why not do something similar with athletics?
  • Bolster coaching education: Continually train and re-certify coaches to ensure they understand their importance beyond X's and O's.
  • Prioritize health and safety: 31% of public high schools lack access to an athletic trainer. This should be table stakes.

The backdrop: Youth sports participation has been declining for years. But COVID has created an opportunity: 30% of students said their interest in sports grew during the pandemic; just 16% said it decreased.

>> State of play: The Aspen Institute spent two years compiling its "Reimagining School Sports" report with the aim of improving that experience."



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2. Movin' On

Callie Hoff, UW-River Falls (photo by Tori Schneider)

Callie Hoff scored twice and assisted on three other tallies to power No. 4 UW-River Falls (27-1) to a 7-0 victory over Aurora (21-7) in a first-round NCAA tournament game. Sami Miller made 20 saves for the shutout.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus (23-3-2) blanked No. 5 UW-Eau Claire (23-6), 3-0, in the other first-round tilt. Katie McCoy turned away all 14 shots in recording the shutout, while Emily Olson had a goal and an assist.

The Falcons and the Gusties meet in a quarterfinal on Saturday.

>> Complete Bracket


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3.  NCAA Brackets Posted

The official brackets for the 2022 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship were posted on Wednesday.

Top Seeds
125-Jacob Decatur, Baldwin Wallace
133-Robbie Precin, North Central, Ill.
141-Jordin James, Mount Union
149-Brett Kaliner, Stevens
157-Kaidon Winters, RIT
165-Bradan Birt, Millikin
174-Cornell Beachem, Mount St. Joseph
184-Shane Liegel, Loras
197-Cody Baldridge, North Central
285-Max Bishop, Wabash

>> Complete Brackets
>> Preview

Our thanks to Andy Vogel, head coach at Hiram and guru for the following regional breakdown.

Teams per region with a qualifier (67 out of 115 total teams)
Lower Midwest – 8 of 18 (167 individual entries)
Upper Midwest – 9 of 18 (166 entries)
Central -10 of 20 (180 entries)
Mideast – 11 of 20 (185 entries)
Northeast – 14 of 19 (180 entries)
Southeast – 15 of 20 (188 entries)

180 of 1,066 regional entries qualified (16.9%)

>> Read More


4.  Calendar

11-12 - Indoor Track and Field Championships, Winston-Salem, NC
11-12 - Wrestling Championship, Cedar Rapids, IA
15 - Championships Committee
16 - Membership Committee
16-19 - Swimming and Diving Championships, Indianapolis, IN
18-19 - Men's Basketball Championship, Fort Wayne, IN
18-19 - Women's Basketball Championship, Pittsburgh, PA
18-19 - Women's Ice Hockey Championship, TBD
25-26 - Men's Ice Hockey Championship, Lake Placid, N.Y.
29 - Strategic Finance and Planning Committee, Indianapolis, IN

5.  Lightning Round 

  The USTFCCCA has named its regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year.

  Top-ranked Salisbury downed No. 2 Gettysburg, 14-9, in a women's lacrosse showdown on the Eastern Shore Wednesday. Lydia McNulty led the Gulls with four goals.

6. Watchlist  

  MVB: Fontbonne vs. Dominican, 8:00 ET



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