[quote]Ncaa is nuts wrote:
How ridiculous are the NCAA Regionals? This has been a debate with the NCAA for years, but the NCAA (like our government)thinks they own us.
I have over the years have seen many top athletes fail because of this "failed system". If a top athlete is sick, tripped, or injured in the regional, they cannot make it to a national meet even though they may have the best time in the country among NCAA collegiate student athletes. What? Is that fair? Is that a fair system?
You are thinking about it wrong 100%.
What if an athlete fails/trips or is sick at the Olympic Trial or Olympics? It's called earning it. The regionals are AMAZING.
You use a govt analogy. IN reality, people who don't want regionals are like people on welfare, you think you deserve something for no work.[/quote]
I like the Regional System as well. If you can't finish in the top 12 of your event at Regionals you really don't deserve to go to nationals.
The big money programs hate the concept because they can spend significant resources going to the biggest and best meets (with the best conditions.....see Stanford, Mt. SAC)
Complaints about the heat in the 10k at Texas (or a few years ago in Greensboro) really fall on deaf ears because every competitor has to deal with the same conditions. The heat and humidity is just another factor than the competitor needs to be aware of.