Follow Up – NCAA D2 Baseball & Shorter Season

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Last week I did a piece regarding the NCAA Division 2 Management Council’s meeting this week to discuss the possibility of shortening the D2 college baseball season from a maximum of 56 to 50 games.  There is also a threat of starting the season later to coincide with that proposal.  You can find that article here – NCAA Recommending Reductions in D2 College Baseball Games

Yesterday, the results of that meeting were made public.  The Management Council did seem willing to consider the recommendation of the Legislation Committee to reduce the season by 10% (56 to 50) and consider a later start date (2nd Thursday in February as opposed to the current February 1st start).

Here are some of the key takeaways from the release –

While the Council began warming to the idea of shortening seasons and reducing the maximum number of contests in certain sports where necessary, the primary takeaways from the group’s April 20-21 meeting in Indianapolis were that the discussion must be strategically rather than economically driven, and that proposals must be thoroughly vetted by the governance structure and other groups (for example, coaches associations, the Division II Athletics Directors Association and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association) to ensure meaningful input.

Those two premises were firmly entrenched as the Council began reviewing preliminary, broad-brush proposals from the Division II Legislation Committee regarding Bylaw 17 with an eye toward recommendations that would come to a membership vote at the (January) 2010 Convention.

For those “Academics” the debate by some isn’t about expenses or the benefits that athletes derive, but instead focus on college sports place in higher education –

Indeed, the review comes from Division II presidents and chancellors asking the governance structure to ensure that playing and practice season policies align with the division’s strategic-positioning platform. Since the platform’s positioning statement demands “balance and integration” of academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and community engagement, Division II presidents are wondering whether student-athletes’ time on the fields and courts is skewing that balance.

If that doesn’t smack of elitism I don’t know what does.

It was also interesting that agreement seemed to be in place to reduce college baseball by 10% but that college softball might be considered differently and not be subject to the same changes. 

It’s unclear whether these changes could go into effect at the July NCAA President’s Council for the 2009-10 season or would wait for the January 2010 Convention.  Either way, it sounds likely that NCAA D2 college baseball is going to take a hit.

NCAA Management Council Meeting Recap

6 Responses to “Follow Up – NCAA D2 Baseball & Shorter Season”

  1. 1 WSCDad April 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    At least they are going to let the coaches, AD’s and Conferences have a say in the vetting – so maybe the NCAA can find a way to do the right thing.

  2. 2 fishingmn April 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Only problem is that too many people have their own priorities. “Do the right thing” has a lot of ways to look at it.

    For the NCAA it’s usually about power & money. For schools it’s about educating, prestige and money. For the teams it’s about playing baseball and turning out well rounded students.

  3. 3 Peacock April 24, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Honestly 56 to 50 would make a difference in academics????

  4. 4 WSCDad April 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I am pretty sure that, like the coach said last week, this is only about the $$$.

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