The Division II Championships Committee is recommending the approval of 23 new budgetary requests from Division II governing sport committees, focusing primarily on initiatives that would enhance the championships experience and increase participation opportunities for student-athletes.
The requests are for inclusion in the 2018-21 Division II triennial budget and would total more than $1.29 million per year.
The division allocated a total of $1.5 million annually for new championships expenses for the coming budget cycle; however, the Championships Committee recommended keeping around $208,000 in reserve for future initiatives in the next triennium.
Each Division II sport committee was given the opportunity to submit budget requests based on its championship needs. Before deliberations began, the Division II Planning and Finance Committee identified priority areas for the allocations, including officiating fees and general operational expenses. The Championships Committee considered the priorities when reviewing the requests during its Sept. 11-12 meeting in Indianapolis.
“We really worked off the sport committees and the people who are the boots on the ground at each of our championships,” said Jim Johnson, athletics director at Pittsburg State and chair of the committee. “At the end of the day, the theme was student-athlete participation opportunities and enhancements to our championship events.”
The committee will pass its recommendations on to the Division II Management Council and Presidents Council for review at their October meetings. The Planning and Finance Committee will consider the recommendations in December and make final recommendations for approval by the Presidents Council in January. Approved budget requests will take effect Sept. 1.
The committee recommended the following budgetary requests:
Move to a super-regional format, consisting of eight super-region sites before championship finals.
Hire a coordinator of Division II men’s basketball officials.
Move evaluators of regional round officials to neutral regions.
Men’s and women’s basketball
Provide video replay at the Elite Eight.
Men’s and women’s cross country
Increase championship field size from 32 teams to 34 teams per gender.
Men’s and women’s cross country
Hire a coordinator of Division II football officials.
Increase travel party from 70 to 80 people per team for semifinals and finals.
Increase travel party by one student-athlete per team at the finals.
Increase field size at finals to 96 participants and adjust format to include match play.
Add two officials at the championship.
Expand the championship bracket from eight to 12 teams.
Expand the championship bracket from 12 to 16 teams.
Increase championship field size from four to six full teams.
Move to a super-regional format, consisting of four super-regions, and expand bracket by two teams.
Expand championship bracket from 48 to 56 teams with berths allocated by access ratio.
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving
Increase officials’ fees and expenses for diving judges.
Men’s and women’s tennis
Increase squad size for championship from eight to nine and the travel party to 10.
Men’s and women’s indoor track and field
Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field
Increase number of championship qualifiers from 160 to 180.
Increase officials’ fees by $10.
Inflationary increase in operating budgets by 1.4 percent.