NCAA Division III winter championships canceled for second straight year

Due to low participation numbers among member schools around the nation, the NCAA has canceled the 2021 winter championship events, leaving the division without a national champion for the second year in a row.

Posted: Feb 4, 2021 12:09 AM

WKTV - There will be no national champions crowned for the second straight year at the NCAA Division III level.

The NCAA Division III Administrative Committee announced, Wednesday, that the decision has been made to cancel all winter championship events, following the recommendation of the Division III Championships Committee.

The cancellation comes in light of low participation among member schools for this academic year.

Winter sports affected by this decision are men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's ice hockey, and wrestling.

With many programs cancelling their seasons around the country, the participation of member schools is below the established threshold of 60% for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's indoor track and field. The threshold was 70% for men's and women's ice hockey, and wrestling.

The NCAA deemed these to be the required participation number around the country to hold a "meaningful national championship experience."

Utica College men's ice hockey was set to compete in the NCAA Division III tournament in 2020 before its cancellation the week before the Pioneers were to host a quarterfinals game.

Individual conferences may decide the parameters of their respective regular season and postseason slates.

Hamilton College, SUNY Poly, and SUNY Morrisville have largely had their winter seasons canceled this academic year.

Utica College is intending to begin play for its winter teams later this month.

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