Board of Directors approves spring schedule

Paola Ditto
Settembre 24, 2020

Late yesterday, the DI Board of Directors approved the proposed plan to move fall championships in 2020 to the spring of 2021.

The Board of Directors made its decision based on recommendations from the Division I Council that were supported by the Presidential Forum.

The affected sports include men's water polo, along with men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball.

"The plan sent to us by the Division I Council provides the maximum number of opportunities to fall student-athletes to participate in NCAA championships while still being fiscally responsible", said acting board chair Denise Trauth, president at Texas State. The first round would be held the weekend of April 24, the quarterfinals on the weekend of May 1, the semifinals the weekend of May 8 and the national championship game's exact date is to-be-determined, but will be either May 14, 15 or 16. "We look forward to the spring, understanding things will look a little different but knowing the competitions will be just as meaningful as in normal circumstances".

The NCAA added that contests conducted in the fall for championships scheduled for the spring "will count toward selection into that respective championship".

Among the changes approved, NCAA fall championship brackets will be filled at 75% of their normal capacities. The plan for these sports was developed by the Division I Competition Oversight Committee in conjunction with the sport committees.

Although the FCS schools can determine when they play their games and possibly spread them out over two semesters, Lyons said they can't play more than 11 games and a championship in 13 weeks, and the regular season must end by April 17, 2021.

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