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OshDude:
Feel free to rename the topic.

The 2009 Handbook was released a couple days ago. I mentioned it on the blog, but there are some changes this year.

• The OWP and OOWP formula is made explicit. OWP counts for 1/3 and OOWP for 2/3.
• Webcasting/other live coverage capabilities now a stated criterion for regional hosts.
• "Once ranked, always ranked" replaces "ranked opponents are those that appear in the final regional rankings." Not direct quotes from the Handbook.

Also from the 2009 Handbook:
• 62 teams this year (61 in '08). Should be seven eight-team regionals and one six-teamer.
• 40 Pool A's (was 38 in '08 ... welcome, Landmark/GSAC)
• Pool B and C breakdowns were not mentioned but should be released with regional hosts. My guess is 20 C's and 2 B's (Was 19 and 4 last season).

Key dates:
10/21: Regional rankings begin
11/4: Regional hosts selected (a few days later than in '08, when an originally selected host did not make the tourney and subsequently did not host a regional).
11/8: Tournament teams selected
11/9: Online selection show

Ralph Turner:
Thanks, Dude.

What I don't like about the Volleyball Handbook are these items:

1)  It does not list the teams in the conferences that participate.
2)  It does not delineate the composition of the Regions by teams and conferences.  (In fact, I do not see a link to where this information has been compiled for easy access.)
3)  It does not tally the member institutions by Pool A or Pool B.
4)  It does not "show the math" as to how the bids were determined.
5)  It does not list those teams that have opted for NAIA, NCCAA or USCAA playoffs instead.
6)  It does not show the teams that are provisional and those that are re-classifying into and out of D-III.

We do get an idea of when the NECC and the UMAC will receive their Pool A bids from this section of the Handbook.



--- Quote ---Conference Membership Deadline
To receive automatic qualification for the 2009-10 championships, conferences must
have their membership established and defined by April 1, 2008.
--- End quote ---

One can get the impression that there will not be sufficient teams left in Pool B to allocate a bid in the near future.  (Chapman, Trinity DC. Mount Mary WI, anyone else?)


OshDude:

--- Quote from: Ralph Turner on October 11, 2009, 02:14:44 pm ---Thanks, Dude.

What I don't like about the Volleyball Handbook are these items:

1)  It does not list the teams in the conferences that participate.
2)  It does not delineate the composition of the Regions by teams and conferences.  (In fact, I do not see a link to where this information has been compiled for easy access.)
3)  It does not tally the member institutions by Pool A or Pool B.
4)  It does not "show the math" as to how the bids were determined.
5)  It does not list those teams that have opted for NAIA, NCCAA or USCAA playoffs instead.
6)  It does not show the teams that are provisional and those that are re-classifying into and out of D-III.

We do get an idea of when the NECC and the UMAC will receive their Pool A bids from this section of the Handbook.



--- Quote ---Conference Membership Deadline
To receive automatic qualification for the 2009-10 championships, conferences must
have their membership established and defined by April 1, 2008.
--- End quote ---

One can get the impression that there will not be sufficient teams left in Pool B to allocate a bid in the near future.  (Chapman, Trinity DC. Mount Mary WI, anyone else?)

--- End quote ---
Agreed on all, Ralph.
2) I, too, miss the lists of teams by region. It's a bit bulky and in some cases outdated, but here is a sortable database that I use.

But this one is better. It has projected eligibility years and everything. Why not copy and paste this info to the Handbook like was done in past years? I'm with you there. Thought I'd leave the first link up there so maybe the NCAA will update it. For example, East Bay is no longer a D-III volleyball program.

Anyway, the bid allocation is 19 C's (376 teams) and 3 B's (35 teams). In the West, there are only 18 Pool A teams and 3 Pool B's (but the link only mentions Santa Cruz and Chapman as full members, with La Sierra as a provisional. What's 1+1+0?). Still, 20 or 21 teams? Pretty thin, considering there are three regions with 60+.

Your last point could impact Nebraska Wesleyan the most.

Ralph Turner:
Central Region  (39 teams)

Pool A Conferences (4)

Institutions in AQ Conferences (30)

Pool B Independents (9)

Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (9)
Buena Vista University
Central College (Iowa)
Coe College
Cornell College
University of Dubuque
Loras College
Luther College
Simpson College
Wartburg College

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (12)
Augsburg College
Bethel University (Minnesota)
Carleton College
Concordia College, Moorhead
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamline University
Macalester College
College of St. Benedict
St. Catherine University
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
St. Olaf College
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (8 )
Blackburn College
Eureka College
Fontbonne University
Greenville College
MacMurray College
Principia College
Webster University
Westminster College (Missouri)

University Athletic Association (1*)
Washington University (Missouri)

* University Athletic Association is noted in Pool A in 6 regions.
^ Provisional

Pool B Independents (9)

Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (8 )  (Should be Pool A in 2010-11.)
Bethany Lutheran College
Crown College (MN)
Martin Luther College
University of Minnesota, Morris
Northland College
Northwestern College
Presentation College
College of St. Scholastica

Nebraska Wesleyan University

^ North Central University (10-11)
^ Spalding University (12-13)/St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Ralph Turner:
GREAT LAKES REGION  (48 teams)

Pool A Conferences (7)

Institutions in AQ Conferences (48)

Pool B Independents (0)

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (9)
Anderson University (Indiana)
Bluffton University
Defiance College
Franklin College
Hanover College
Manchester College
College of Mount St. Joseph
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (9)
Adrian College
Albion College
Alma College
Calvin College
Hope College
Kalamazoo College
Olivet College
Saint Mary’s College (Indiana)
Trine University

North Coast Athletic Conference (9)
Allegheny College
Denison University
Earlham College
Hiram College
Kenyon College
Oberlin College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Wittenberg University
College of Wooster

Ohio Athletic Conference (10)
Baldwin-Wallace College
Capital University
Heidelberg College
John Carroll University
Marietta College
Mount Union
Muskingum College
Ohio Northern University
Otterbein College
Wilmington College (Ohio)

Presidents’ Athletic Conference (8 )
Bethany College (West Virginia)
Chatham University
Grove City College
Thiel College
Thomas More College
Washington and Jefferson College
Waynesburg College
Westminster College (Pennsylvania)

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (2#)
Centre College
DePauw University

University Athletic Association (1*)
Case Western Reserve University

# Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference is noted in Pool A in 3 regions.
* University Athletic Association is noted in Pool A in 6 regions.
^ Provisional

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