Friday, May 6, 2022

The Coming Battle


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

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1. The Coming Battle

40 Years On, Title IX Still Shapes Female Athletes : NPR
by Jane McManus, Deadspin

"When Martina Navratilova was growing up in then-communist Czechoslovakia, there were plenty of freedoms she didn’t have access to. But one thing she did was reproductive health care, including abortion.

When she arrived in the United States, American women had only recently been granted reproductive autonomy for about a decade.

“Women had control of their bodies [in Czechoslovakia], so coming here was a bit of a shock,” Navratilova said. “I thought this was a free country.”

Earlier this week, a Supreme Court draft of a decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the ruling that granted American women access to abortion, was leaked to Politico, sending shockwaves across the country. The ramifications of such a decision would be widespread for generations that have taken that ability to have control over their bodies for granted, and particularly for those who play sports."

>> Situational Awareness: "Roe was decided in 1973, a year after Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or any other education program that receives funding from the federal government, became law. The contraceptive pill, approved by the FDA in 1960, had 10 million users in 1973, according to a PBS documentary of birth control methods and traditions dating back to the Bible."

>> Reality Check: "It’s hard to remember, but in the 1970s fathers and husbands still had to co-sign on a woman’s credit card application, and marital rape was legal. Nebraska became the first state to outlaw it in 1975."

>> Why It Matters: "Reproductive freedom isn’t limited to ending an unintended pregnancy, though that is a crucial part. With Title IX and reproductive freedom coming about the same time, it ushered in a golden era of women’s sports."

>> What They're Saying: “Once you win the battle you don’t think you have to keep fighting it,” Navratilova said, “but you do.”

>> Continue Reading


2. Rules Committee Recap

"The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee plans to better define rules regarding flopping in the coming weeks with the intent of recommending officials assess without warning a Class B technical foul to players who fake being fouled, beginning in the 2022-23 season.

If a player is called for flopping, the opposing team would shoot one free throw.

The committee is continuing experimental technology rules for conferences to allow teams to view live video and pre-loaded video on their bench for the upcoming season if the conference submits a waiver request.

The Women's Basketball Rules Committee approved an experimental technology rule to allow teams to view live video on their bench during conference games for the upcoming season should the conference submit a waiver request."

>> Read More from the Men's Committee
>> Read More from the Women's Committee


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3. Championship Weekend

It's a huge championship weekend in DIII as men's and women's lacrosse and tennis, softball and some baseball and track and field championships are on the line.

Here's what we're watching.

Lacrosse (M) finals
Coast-to-Coast: #1 Christopher Newport vs. #3 Salisbury
Liberty: #2 RIT vs. #10 St. Lawrence
MAC Commonwealth: #6 York vs. #15 Stevenson
Centennial: #7 Dickinson vs. #18 Gettysburg
NESCAC semifinal: #8 Tufts vs. #13 Wesleyan

Lacrosse (W) finals
NESCAC semifinal: #1 Middlebury vs. #11 Wesleyan
NESCAC semifinal: #3 Colby vs. #9 Tufts
Centennial semifinal: #4 Franklin & Marshall vs. #22 Haverford

Tennis (M/W)
NESCAC Championships
SCIAC Championships


4. Profs, Bears Top Ratings

Here is the newest edition of the NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Indices for the 2022 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).


  1. Rowan, 155.73
  2. John Carroll, 122.52
  3. Hardin-Simmons, 109.85
  4. Pomona-Pitzer, 109.34
  5. Carnegie Mellon, 108.29
  6. UW-Eau Claire, 107.34
  7. Dubuque, 87.68
  8. Mount Union, 85.47
  9. Wartburg, 83.09
  10. Bethel, 78.66
By Region
East: MIT, Tufts, WPI
Great Lakes: John Carroll, Mount Union, Ohio Northern
Metro; Rowan, TCNJ, Stockton
Mid-Atlantic: Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, Susquehanna
Mideast: Williams, RPI, Springfield
Midwest: Washington U., Wartburg, Loras
Niagara: Geneseo, Cortland, Brockport
North: UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Eau Claire
South: Lynchburg, Berry, Emory
West: Claremont-M-S, Pomona-Pitzer, Hardin-Simmons

>> Men's Rating Index

  1. UW-La Crosse, 188.49
  2. Washington, Mo., 184.95
  3. Loras, 171.90
  4. Johns Hopkins, 159.28
  5. Geneseo, 109.72
  6. Claremont-M-S, 89.35
  7. Wartburg, 85.19
  8. WPI, 85.10
  9. Rochester, 82.27
  10. Chicago, 81.96
By Region
East: Tufts, MIT, WPI
Great Lakes: Mount Union, John Carroll, Trine
Metro: TCNJ, Rowan, Stevens
Mid-Atlantic: Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, Misericordia
Mideast: Williams, Amherst, Middlebury
Midwest: Washington U., Wartburg, Loras
Niagara: Geneseo, Rochester, Ithaca
North: UW-La Crosse, UW-Eau Claire, St. Norbert
South: Lynchburg, Emory, Rhodes
West: George Fox, Claremont-M-S, Redlands

>> Women's Rating Index

5.  Lightning Round 

  Bowdoin's Fleming Landau and Claremont-M-S's Michael Hao named ITA Players of the Week.

  Cake and candles to Cortland's Alijah Bates and belated birthday wishes to Shenandoah head men's basketball coach Adam Walsh and Middlebury assistant AD Franklin Dean-Farrar. Advance wishes to former Hollins AD Myra Sims, Washington College professor of business management Lansing Williams, and Geneseo head field hockey coach Margaret McConnell Shaffer.


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