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NCAA Division III winter championships canceled

On Wednesday, the Division III Administrative Committee, acting on behalf of the Division III Management and Presidents Council, approved the recommendation from the Division III Championships Committee to cancel winter championships for the 2020-21 season, citing low participation. This includes the 2021 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, which were scheduled to take place March 12-13 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The NCAA's announcement can be seen below.

Due to low participation numbers among member schools, NCAA Division III winter championships are canceled for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Division III Administrative Committee, acting on behalf of the Division III Management and Presidents Council, approved the recommendation from the Division III Championships Committee to cancel all winter championships. The committee has been closely monitoring and discussing the membership's winter sport participation for several months, and it has been providing updates to the councils.

The Championships Committee decision was based on the results of a winter declaration form distributed to members about their intention to compete this season in a capacity that would permit them to meet the minimum contest requirements to be eligible for championship selection by the established selection dates. The declaration form was sent to Division III athletics directors Jan. 19 and completed by 98% of the membership.

The national championships affected are men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's ice hockey, and wrestling.

During its review of the declaration data, the Championships Committee determined participation numbers in all nine winter sports are well below the established threshold to provide a national championships experience. These established thresholds are 60% for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's indoor track and field, and 70% for men's and women's ice hockey and wrestling.

"Today, we made the difficult decision to cancel our Division III winter championships. While some institutions have been able to safely return to sport, the recent declaration form data show that more than half of our division has not returned to winter sport practice and competition to be in a position for NCAA national championship participation," said Fayneese Miller, chair of the Presidents Council and president at Hamline. "This was a very difficult decision to make, and we are saddened to do so. However, none of our winter sports meet the Championships Committee's established thresholds of participation to hold a championship. We are committed to ensuring that our student-athletes have the best possible experience, and, for us, this means having a meaningful number of competitions. We hope this is possible for our spring championship."

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ban basketball (1) about 3 weeks ago
Gotstk to believe that that isn't going to be different for DII and DI as well.

It sucks, but, at the same time, this season had no bidness even starting for so many different reasons.
coolbeans (1) about 3 weeks ago
WOW. That will be 2 years of NCAA tourneys canceled. The sheep will be really be ticked off when they finally discover that the Covid19 was the biggest hoax and Scamdenics ever to be pulled on Earth. Maybe we should wear 2 or 3 masks, What a complete joke! lol

The whole world practically shut down because of something no worse than the common flu. People need to use their brains and the common sense they were born with, Don't be swayed by the paid professional satanic liars on TV.
ban basketball (1) about 3 weeks ago
Them there libruls can't get one by you, eh, Marjoie!? ;)

Q! DEUCE WON!