NCAA Division 2 Sports – The Leaders Know Best

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The NCAA is making final plans for changes that will affect all of Division 2 sports as they continue to emphasize academics at the expense of the current athletic structure.  As has been discussed numerous times before (D2 Proposal Advancing), they are looking to reduce the number of in season contests in many sports and looking to reduce the length of time it takes to play Championship Tournaments.

  • Bylaw 17 goes to the NCAA Convention in January where it is expected to pass.  This change will reduce the number of regular season Division 2 college baseball games from a maximum of 56 to 50.  They also are looking at pushing back the start date for the baseball season toward the middle of February from its current early February start.  At least 9 other D2 sports are affected by this proposal as well.  Proposed NCAA Bylaw 17 Changes
  • In addition to shortening the NCAA Division 2 college baseball regular season, the NCAA Championships Committee has agreed to reduce the length of the D2 College World Series and compress it from its current 8 day format to a 6 day format.  The number of games played in the double elimination tourney wouldn’t change fortunately.  What this does do is really emphasize pitching depth.  The Committee also confirmed Cary, NC as the College World Series location through 2011.  D2 Championships Panel Okay’s Changes
  • Finally, the NCAA D2 Committee’s, in addition to pushing this new package of “sports/academics balance” plans has published a new website to try and promote a better “game environment and sportsmanship”.   They have a new website to promote this approach – NCAA Division II Game Environment

Without getting too controversial – lets just say I’m not a big fan of the NCAA’s powers that be and their decisions on these topics.  D2 sports brings these schools a crapload of money – heck they promote the whole “I Chose D2” brand to talk about the benefits of playing D2 sports (along with their miniscule scholarships).  Now the message is “academics over sports” and “everybody play nice together”.  Just a bunch of overpaid academic heads deciding they know best if you ask me.  Rant off.

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5 Responses to “NCAA Division 2 Sports – The Leaders Know Best”


  1. 1 IMAFAN September 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

    If you really look at it the academics actually Hate sports. I believe most of them would get rid of them if it wasn’t for the revenue. They never played them and think they are a waste of time and energy. But I also believe there is a form of jealousy involved as well as they don’t like the accolades that people in sports get that the academics never had a chance for? When is the last time you saw 300 fans at a math test?
    You can point out the superior grade point average of athletes vs. the general student population and most of them think the athletes cheat instead of the reality of them having to be much more focused than the general student.
    Cumby a

  2. 2 John Plasha Sr. September 21, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    As far as I’m concerned I like the later start date. I think it levels the playing field between teams from the South and schools from colder climates. Last year my son’s school had their first game Feb 20th which was the first time most of the boys got outdoors in 5+/- months and it really showed. Teams from warmer climates had a 3 week head start. A more uniformed start date makes things equal between all schools.

    As far as reducing the # of regular season games from 56 to 50 I think the key word here is “Regular”. I am in favor of this also. 50 “regular” season games coupled with a total of 10 conference and regional playoff games put us at a grand total of 60 games. With the exception of not going to the D-2 World Series most everybody was happy for the welcome break in action.

    That said, I myself have never been and will never be a big fan of the NCAA leadership and policies. There is a whole lot more that needs to be fixed.

    • 3 Dino October 2, 2009 at 9:31 am

      John said,

      “As far as I’m concerned I like the later start date. I think it levels the playing field between teams from the South and schools from colder climates.”

      I disagree. It would take much more than that to level the playing field. Southern schools practice outside in the fall from August to the end of November. Northern schools are done by October. Upon return in the Spring southern schools are back outside practicing for the upcoming season. It has nothing to do with start dates. This change will have no effect on parity between north and south. None! This is simply a move to minimize the importance of athletics in the development of college students and replace it with academic feel good regulation. What a crock.

  3. 4 fishingmn September 24, 2009 at 7:32 am

    I don’t mind the later start date – as stated – it does help level the playing field with the southern teams. I’m definitely in favor of the Uniform Start Date in D1 and hate how the rules were changed to help northern teams and then changed again this year when the southern teams complained so much.

    In regards to the # of games, I’d prefer it was bigger. Not every team makes the playoffs so you can’t “assume” that many games. For kids that are investing a ton of time, effort and money to play baseball, more opportunities would seem better. Especially since the cutbacks hit the non-conference schedule where non-regulars can get a chance to play more.

  4. 5 John Plasha Sr. September 24, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I see what you mean about “assumeing” that many games. My mistake on baseing my Reply on what happened to us last year. There are no “givens” in any year or for any team. And most importantly, I agree with giving all those that put the time and effort in, every opertunity to play as much as possible. Reducing the number of games would in fact mean less playing time for many of these athletes. I stand corrected. Thanks fishingmn


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