Thursday, September 8, 2022

"Getting Rid of the Stereotype"


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


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1.  "Getting Rid of the Stereotype"

by Megan Carpenter

"Women’s wrestling is becoming more widely accepted across the country. Currently, more than 50 National Collegiate Athletic Association schools are sponsoring varsity women’s wrestling, along with over 40 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics schools.

That said, it is still not always looked at as a “female” sport. Carthage College sophomore, Natalie Majer, is one of many female wrestlers across the nation changing that stereotype.

“You’re not a female,” she said. “You’re a wrestler, just like the guys.”

>> Mat Awareness: “It’s an incredible movement that women’s wrestling has exploded and other states keep adding high school girl’s state tournaments,” said Jake Calhoun, Carthage College’s head women’s wrestling coach. “I think we’re up to 36 states.”

>> Why It Matters: "Both Calhoun and Majer said they hope more recognition and support are given to women’s wrestling programs. They said they hope more colleges add programs of their own and the stereotype surrounding female wrestlers becomes obsolete."

>> Quotable: “I think young women should never be afraid to do something that isn’t necessarily stereotypically for women,” Majer said. “I hope in the future, they don’t feel like there’s not a place for them.”

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2. Student Immersion Program App Open

For the eighth year, Division III will hold the Division III Student Immersion Program.

This year’s program will be Jan. 11-14, in conjunction with the NCAA Convention in San Antonio. The application is available on Program Hub, titled “2023 Division III Student Immersion Program,” and closes Friday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m. ET.

Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC), preferably juniors and seniors with a strong interest in a career in Division III athletics (coaching and/or administration), are encouraged to apply. Final selections will be announced in mid-October. Participants will engage with a mentor, participate in a DiSC assessment, learn from professionals and have an opportunity to participate in the NCAA Convention.

The program’s goal is to build a pipeline of BIPOC candidates who have an interest in Division III coaching and/or administration to ultimately help diversify the division’s athletics administrators. 

3.  NCAA Calendar

9 - Convention Planning Committee
11-13 - Championships Committee
13 - Convention Registration Opens
15 - Membership Committee
19-20 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
26-27 - Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports

17-18 - Management Council
19 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
20 - Membership Committee
25 - Championships Committee
25-26 - Presidents Council


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4.  Lightning Round 


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  • Josh Kirkland of Mary Washington and Molly Bellmore of Plymouth State were named the United Soccer Coaches Division III Players of the Week
  • Have a weekend, Maggie Phillips. The George Fox senior tied a school record with five goals vs. Bushnell and broke it in the next match with six vs. Multnomah

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