Tuesday, November 1, 2022

What Is The AQ? A Primer


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
>> Good Tuesday Morning. Welcome to November.

>> Thanks for reading D3Playbook. Is your staff reading D3Playbook? Share the love and the info.
I know someone who would like D3Playbook

1.  What Is The AQ? A Primer

For those who have not been in Division III for years, unlike yours truly, you may not be familiar with the NCAA championship selection process that you will be hearing about over the next week.

Do you know what an AQ is? Who qualifies as a Pool B? And what the heck is Pool C?

Let's answer some of your questions.

  • Pool A will be composed of the conference champions from each conference that meets the requirements for automatic qualification (AQ). Conferences that meet automatic-qualification requirements are guaranteed only one Pool A berth.
    • Field Hockey: 17 teams
    • Football: 27 teams
    • Soccer (M): 43 teams
    • Soccer (W): 44 teams
    • Volleyball (W): 44 teams
  • After the determination of the automatic (Pool A) berths, the sport selection committee will determine the Pool B selections followed by the Pool C selections.
  • Pool B will be composed of independent institutions and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification.
    • Field Hockey: 1 team
    • Football: 0 teams
    • Soccer (M): 1 team
    • Soccer (W): 1 team
    • Volleyball (W): 1 team
  • Pool C will be reserved for institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not their conference champion and the remaining teams in Pool B.
    • Field Hockey: 8 teams
    • Football: 5 teams
    • Soccer (M): 20 teams
    • Soccer (W): 19 teams
    • Volleyball (W): 19 teams
  • Berths from Pools B and C will be selected on a national basis, using regional selection criteria. There will be no predetermined regional allocations for Pools B and C.
  • There will be no maximum or minimum number of berths from one region.

>> Wednesday: Ranking and selection criteria.

Ready to stream like a pro this season? With Hudl (formerly BlueFrame), powerful broadcasting tools meet the advanced capture capabilities of Hudl Focus, bringing your program unmatched opportunities to generate revenue and connect with your fans. Plus, you get the flexibility to select the streaming option that makes the most sense for your school. [Learn More]

2.  Hope Springs Eternal, Again

The defending national champions from Hope are the preseason No. 1 team in the land according to the D3hoops.com women's basketball poll.

The Flying Dutch were one of four teams to receive first-place ballots along with Transylvania, New York U., and UW-Whitewater.
  1. Hope (14), 32-1
  2. Transylvania (3), 27-1
  3. New York U. (6), 25-2
  4. UW-Whitewater (2), 28-5
  5. Trinity, Texas, 28-3
  6. Christopher Newport, 26-1
  7. Smith, 25-3
  8. Trine, 28-4
  9. Amherst, 25-4
  10. Scranton, 27-3

>> Conference Call: NEWMAC (3), WIAC (3), ASC (2), MIAA (2), NESCAC (2), NWC (2), Ohio (2), C2C (1), CCIW (1), Empire 8 (1), Heartland (1), Landmark (1), Liberty (1), MAC Commonwealth (1), SCAC (1), UAA (1)

>> Looks Familiar: Hope is the preseason favorite for the third straight season. 

>> Complete Poll

2.6 million people wake up to this newsletter every morning

There's a reason over 2.6 million people start their day with Morning Brew - the daily email that delivers the latest news from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Business news doesn't have to be dry and dense...make your mornings more enjoyable, for free.

3. Adrian, Middlebury Top Ice Polls

It's deja vu all over again as the defending national champions from Adrian and Middlebury top their respective ice hockey polls.

  1. Adrian (20), 2-0
  2. Geneseo, 2-0
  3. Hobart, 2-0
  4. Augsburg, 0-0
  5. Utica, 0-2
  6. St. Norbert, 1-0-1
  7. Babson, 1-0
  8. U. of New England, 0-0
  9. Trinity, Conn., 0-0
  10. Oswego, 1-1

>> What We're Watching This Week: No. 1 Adrian vs. No. 4 Augsburg; No. 3 Hobart vs. No. 7 Babson

>> Complete Poll

  1. Middlebury (20), 0-0
  2. Gustavus Adolphus, 1-0
  3. Plattsburgh, 0-0
  4. Elmira, 1-0
  5. UW-Eau Claire, 2-0
  6. Nazareth, 0-0
  7. UW-River Falls, 0-1
  8. Colby, 0-0
  9. Endicott, 1-0
  10. Adrian, 2-0

>> Complete Poll

4.  Lightning Round 


  • Our condolences to the family and friends of former Luther College president Rick Torgerson who passed away on Sunday at the age of 78. He was a former member of the DIII Presidents Council. May his memory be a blessing.
  • Cabrini University will eliminate a handful of senior academic leadership jobs - including the post of provost - as part of a larger reorganization to downsize. Those cuts, and additional cuts later this academic year, are expected to save the small Roman Catholic university nearly $1 million this year.
  • Three-fourths of the faculty at Hardin-Simmons University voted no confidence last week in President Eric Bruntmyer. A professor was quoted as saying that the vote was due to “serious concerns over the health and future of the university under the current administration” and that faculty requested the Board of Trustees to terminate Bruntmyer and begin the process of finding his replacement.

  Cross Country

  Happy Birthday
  • Cake and candles for John Gaskin, director of rowing, Rochester.

Do you know of someone celebrating an upcoming birthday? Drop us a line at D3Playbook@gmail.com

5.  Comings and Goings

6.  Tik Tok News Boom

Data: Pew Research Center. Chart: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals

TikTok is the only social media platform in the U.S. where adults are significantly increasing their news consumption, Axios Media Trends author Sara Fischer reports.

Open Mailbox with Raised Flag on Apple iOS 14.2  Thanks for starting your day with us.

What did you think of today's newsletter?

 Please invite your friends to sign up for D3Playbook
Sign Up for Free: D3Playbook
Copyright © 2022, D3Playbook.com All rights reserved.

No comments:

Post a Comment