WALNUT CREEK - Members of NCAA Division II West Region institutions and conferences met February 8-9 in San Francisco to discuss issues and topics relevant to their programs and those inherent in the west.
Utilizing an NCAA Grant, the California Collegiate Athletic Association organized the West Region Membership Summit. Participants in the Summit included the CCAA commissioner and staff, CCAA athletic
directors, Dr. Hamid Shirvani, president at CSU Stanislaus and member of the Division II President’s Council, the GNAC commissioner, a GNAC athletic director, the PacWest commissioner, a PacWest athletic director, as well as invited athletic directors from future potential member institutions. Dr. Roberta Page and Terri Steeb from the NCAA Office were on hand.
The Summit was organized to bring West Region representatives together to meet face-to-face in a setting conducive to open dialogue, frank discussion, and collegiality. Dialogue topics included conference updates, a report from the President’s Council, NCAA Championships discussion with NCAA representatives, the Division II West Coast Disney Tip-off Classic, and sport scheduling and championship issues in the region.
An evening discussion surrounding West Region Championships was held to review options and to provide feedback with Dr. Roberta Page and Terri Steeb. The concept of regional autonomy, as it relates to the significant distances between many of the institutions within the West Region, was a key component of the discussion.
The recent changes in bylaw 17 legislation initiated discussion of Phase II of “Life-In-Balance”. Specific recommendations from the Summit participants were as follows:
• Cross Country national championships should be exempted from participation in the Fall Festival.
• To allow conference flexibility in the designation of the Winter Break dead period and to consider shortening the duration of the dead period.
• In the sport of soccer, to consider returning to 20 contests in the championship segment and reduce exemptions to one (1). If 20 contests is not an option, leave exemptions at three (3).
• In the sports of soccer, women’s volleyball, baseball, and softball, to allow four (4) dates of competition during the nonchampionship segment.
• In the sport of tennis, to reduce the total number of dates of competition for the playing season from 25 to 23.
The Summit was lauded unanimously as very positive and informative. Attendees echoed that the event initiated good dialogue between colleagues and will serve as a springboard to open further communication,
understanding, and collaboration in the west region.