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So I finally found the Handbook …

After it not being located where it normally is and no one responding to my inquiries, I finally tracked down the 2011 D-III Volleyball Handbook Pre-Championship Manual. With that Nerdfest announcement, the FAQ has been updated. Here are the highlights.

Regional rankings: Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2.
Online selection show: Nov. 7.
Regionals: Nov. 11-13.
Finals: Nov. 18-20.

• We will have a straight 64-team tournament this season – the same 42 Pool A conferences as last season, two Pool B bids and 20 Pool C bids – with eight regionals of eight teams.
• Geneva, Birmingham Southern and Franciscan are eligible for the first time.
• DePauw moved to the NCAC.
• Penn State Abington’s full-member year was moved up a year to 2012-13 apparently.
• Lancaster Bible joined the NEAC.
• Frostburg moved to the CAC.
• NYC Tech dropped athletics.
• McMurry is reclassifying to D-II.
• Dallas joined the SCAC.
• Sweet Briar moved to club level due to low recruit numbers.
• Rochester IT and Bard moved to the Liberty League.
• Saint Mary’s (Minn.) head coach Mike Lester is the new selection committee chair. Lester replaces North Central (Ill.) head coach Karen Kunka. New to the national committee are UW-Stout assistant athletic director Erin Sullivan, Vassar College head coach Jonathan Penn, Susquehanna University athletic director Pam Samuelson and University of Redlands head coach Mari Winter. In a scheduled rotation, those four replace Kunka and representatives from Montclair State University, York College and Colorado College. Committee members serve three years.
• There is a new, comprehensive section devoted to concussion management.
• Hey, there’s a new NCAA secretary-rules editor, Anne Pufahl. Yes, you needed to know that.
• The restriction against changing on the court was omitted. I hope that’s an oversight.
• Score reporting has changed once again. I know the frustrations of tardy reporting. It’s now done via conference xml files. Good luck finding a good system.
• The Confederate flag has induced a moratorium on South Carolina and Mississippi schools hosting predetermined sites.
• The Native American mascot policy states that schools with Native American nicknames, mascots or imagery cannot host NCAA championships. Furthermore, “These schools are still eligible to participate in championships, but the policy restricts them from wearing uniforms or other paraphernalia that depicts nicknames or images while competing in NCAA championship events.” Now you know.
• The “Lodging” and “Video board Questionnaire” sections are empty. Anarchy!
• The new “Insurance” and “Accidental Death and Dismemberment” sections are too depressing to ponder.
• Unlike last year, at least in the version I accessed online, there are no sections devoted to an all-tournament team, awards, courtesy vehicles, drug testing, media credentials, merchandise, national anthem, postmatch interviews, practice, programs, starting times/warm-up, statistics, strobe lights, tickets, videotapes/films/still photographs.

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

October 12, 2011 at 2:12 am

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