Based on Rankings
- Each Region ranks their top 12 teams every week throughout the season
- A National Committee gives a Power Ranking by ranking each region, 1-9, throughout the season
- After the Conference meet, Final Rankings come out from within each region and from the National Committee
- The Top 3 Regions, as determined by the National Committee, send 12 teams to 3 different Super Regionals. The next 3 ranked regions send 10 teams to 3 different Super Regionals and the last 3 ranked regions send 8 teams to 3 different Super Reg. Ie:
Super Region A Super Region B Super Region C
#1 Ranked Region #2 Ranked Region #3 Ranked Region
(12 Teams) (12 Teams) (12 Teams)
#5 Ranked Region #6 Ranked Region #4 Ranked Region
(10 Teams) (10 Teams) (10 Teams)
#9 Ranked Region # 7 Ranked Region #8 Ranked Region
(8 Teams) (8 Teams) (8 Teams)
- In addition, Team Conference Champions will advance to the Super Region (the team will follow their Region into one of the 3 Super Regionals). Individual Finishers who are not on teams chosen for the Super Regional but finish in the Top 15 at the Conference meet will advance to the Super Region (these individuals will also follow their Region into one of the 3 Super Regionals).
- The 3 Super Regionals will be held on the current Regional meet weekend
- The Top 10 Teams from each Super Regional will advance to the National Championships along with the Top 15 individual finishers not on advancing teams from each Super Regional
1. Eliminates lengthy Championship Season
2. 30 Best Teams at Nationals
3. Promotes Intra-Regional Competition/Rivlary
4. Promotes Inter-Regional Competition/Rivalry
5. Eliminates Geographical Bias- National Committee Seeds Regional Pairings
This would be terrible. Don't start getting rankings involved. Rankings are tools of the devil.
Still based on people choosing who they think is the best. As much as I don't like the current setup, at least there is more head to head competition in trying to gain at large points then there is under this system. And even if you did use a point system so the committe could select the best teams, it still leaves teams chasing after at large points before the championship season. With the original super region idea, at least you know what you have to do, top 10 at the region (current pre nats weekend), top 10 at super region, straight forward. Just my thoughts, I like the idea of earning your way and not relying on someone to pick you or have someone think you "deserve" to be there.
We're trying to get rankings OUT of the picture.
Someone will always get shit on, deal w/ it.
I think at all costs that no committee or group decides what region is best because it will never be fair.
Also the current super regional proposal will not be head to head. There is a rule that conference champions (team) and top 15 individuals advance to the super regional no matter what happens at regionals. That gives teams in weak conferences the chance to go to super regionals when they shouldn't go.
I say get rid of the conference selection junk and keep the idea of a regional, super regional and national series, thereby making it head to head competition. My idea is to give each region 8 births to superregionals and an addtional birth for having a team in the top 18 at nationals from the previous year. That gives 90 teams the chance to advance to super regionals.
From super regionals the top 10 advance to nationals with one at large given to the region that had the most teams in the top 20 from the previous year. If there is a tie the region with the highest finishing team from the prior year would get the extra birth.
This will make x-c much more exciting because it gives lesser teams the chance to fight for the opportunity to advance to superregionals and also rewards historically strong regions without the possibility that a top 30 team would not advance to superregionals.
THE BEST PART is you would know going into the meet what it took to go to nationals, none of this, "wait till Monday to see if we got an at large bid." That kills the sport. At the end of the meet the teams SHOULD KNOW if they made it to nationals. After attending the coaching meeting at Southeast regionals I thought about this a while and this is the best plan I came up with. Any ideas to make this better or are there major flaws? I know Div. II struggled to make the selection process fair and this takes a little of their idea but also adds more thought to the super regional.
A) This takes power away from "opinion" and puts it in a fair format based on reults, based on region strength and won't allow a top thirty team to not have the oportunity to go to NCAA.
B) The best part- the teams know at the begining of the year what it takes for them to go to nationals- no surprises. After regionals and super regionals you know as soon as results are posted if your team advances. No waiting. The celebrating starts then.
C) Strong regions earn more berths to super regionals from their regions performance the year before. Historical strong regions will not be punished.
I don't like the super regional idea, I like the Idea of a seeded race at Pre-nats. And if there is a super regional, it would onlt be fair if the confrence champs make it.
In some conferences, yes the team champion deserves to go: ACC, Big East, Pac 10, etc. But they're also so many TERRIBLE conferences that the conference champ didn't even finish in the top nine at regionals. Those teams don't deserve to get two chances to go to super regionals. Keep everyone the same in terms of opportunities. Keep it head to head competition. A regional, super regional, national situational would. No polls or opinions, just your results based on head to head competition like I mention before.
This is an exciting way for our sport. It allows teams to know what they have to do before the year even starts and gives the semi good teams a lot of excitement in trying to make it out of regionals for the honor of going to super regionals and then the shot to be one of the top 31 at NCAA. The teams running the best at the end of the season will go on, not ones that ran their best at pre nationals like in the current system.