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Karl Hess

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As part of the committee’s likely expanded role moving forward, they weighed in on a trio of proposed waivers by the American Baseball Coaches Association. The committee did not weigh in on a proposed change to the recruiting calendar in the spring. That might be because the proposed recruiting waiver was dependent on the dead period being lifted in January, and that moratorium is expected to be extended to April.

As a refresher, the committee agreed with the Division I coaches on the three proposed waivers:

- 40 player roster cap in 2022
- 38 player roster cap in 2023
- Normal 35 player roster cap in 2024

Meanwhile, the number of allowed players on scholarship for 2021 is 32. The committee agreed that number should stick in ’22, while falling to 30 in ’23 and again in ’24 to 27. Lastly, the committee agreed with the coaches and ABCA that the 25% minimum scholarship rule be eliminated for ’22 and ’23, while returning to it in ’24.

(Kendall thinks that this rule is likely to go away because so many coaches oppose it now. The NCAA has a moratorium on legislation approvals until January, so nothing can happen until then at the earliest.)

On scheduling...

But for now, the NCAA is taking a hands-off approach and allowing teams and conferences to do as they please. For now, the maximum number of games you can play sits at 56 and the NCAA has not announced, as of yet, a minimum number of games that’ll need to be played to be eligible for the postseason.

On postseason...

- After some debate, the RPI will be used for the 2021 season.

The committee recommended two specific changes to the postseason rules for 2021:

The first is the elimination of the .500 record rule. Currently, a team must be better than .500 to be eligible for an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.

The committee also recommended that the limit of four games against non-D1 opponents be waived, given the circumstances of the 2021 season and the fact some programs limited by travel restrictions may only be able to play non-D1 schools in some instances. In the past, there were penalties associated with playing more than four non-D1 programs. Not in ’21, though.

CWS Schedule

The committee this past week recommended that the NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee switch the CWS format to where it begins on Friday and culminates with a title series that begins on Saturday and would end with a finale Monday night.


The committee is committed to tackling diversity issues both in terms of coaching, and in terms of giving minority players more access to college baseball via scholarships and other avenues.

Altier (committee chair & Stetson AD) has a pretty simple goal in mind: He wants to find ways to make college baseball affordable for all.

Altier feels like the NCAA and MLB are on the verge of an even more important relationship that could involve measures that increase participation of players, and particularly, minorities, in the sport.

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Posted: 11/10/2020 at 1:04PM


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Anyone have access to D1baseball? -- MonsterTruck 11/10/2020 09:25AM
  Summary -- Karl Hess 11/10/2020 1:04PM
  Many thanks! A couple of follow-up questions... -- MonsterTruck 11/10/2020 2:10PM
  Re: Many thanks! A couple of follow-up questions... -- Karl Hess 11/10/2020 2:59PM
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Virginia Football Schedule

Sept. 26Duke(W) 38-20
Oct. 3@ Clemson(L) 23-41
Oct. 10NC State(L) 21-38
Oct. 17@ Wake Forest(L) 23-40
Oct. 24@ Miami(L) 14-19
Oct. 31North Carolina(W) 44-41
Nov. 14Louisville(W) 31-17
Nov. 21Abilene Christian(W) 55-15
Nov. 28@ Florida State8 p.m./ACC Network
Dec. 5Boston CollegeTBA
Dec. 12@ Virginia TechTBA

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