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SAA Member School and Colors Primary Staff Directory SAA Office / Overview Primary Staff Directory SAA Office / Overview SAA Code of Ethics

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SAA Sports Manuals Fall Sports Page 16 Page 19 Page 24 Page 31 Page 36

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Field Hockey Football Men’s and Women’s Soccer Volleyball

Winter Sports Page 41 Page 49

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving

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Baseball Men’s and Women’s Golf Men’s Lacrosse Women’s Lacrosse Softball Men’s and Women’s Tennis Men’s and Women’s Track & Field

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School Berry Birmingham Southern Centre College Hendrix College Millsaps College Oglethorpe University Rhodes College Sewanee: University of the South Southern Athletic Association *PMS numbers in parenthesis

Silver Black Gold (123) Orange (1375) Purple (273-U) Gold (109-U) Red (185) Purple (273) Blue/Black

Blue Gold White/Black Black White Black Black White White/Gray

Council of Presidents President President President President President President President Vice-Chancellor/President

Steven Briggs Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith John Roush William Tsutsui Rob Pearigen Larry Schall Marjorie Hass John McCardell

Berry College Birmingham-Southern College Centre College Hendrix College Millsaps College Oglethorpe University Rhodes College University of the South (Sewanee)

Council of Athletic Directors Athletic Director Kyndall Waters Brad Fields Amy Weaver Donnie Brooks Todd Brooks Portia Hoeg Mark Webb Derek Taylor

Senior Woman Administrator Ann Dielen Gina Nicoletti Rebecca Begley Jaime Fisher Cindy Vaios Kait Harris Tracy Braden Ginger Swann

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School Birmingham-Southern College Centre College Hendrix College Millsaps College Oglethorpe University Rhodes College University of the South Berry College


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Address:

4484 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319

Staff:

Jay Gardiner, Commissioner jay@saa.oglethorpe.edu 404-364-8414 Clayton Felts, Associate Commissioner cfeltst@saa.oglethorpe.edu 931-691-7653

Web Site: saa-sports.com

Founded: 2011

First Year: 2012-13

Geography: One school each in Alabama (Birmingham-Southern), Kentucky (Centre), Arkansas (Hendrix) and Mississippi (Millsaps); two schools in Tennessee (Sewanee and Rhodes), in Georgia (Berry and Oglethorpe) Sports Sponsorship: MEN (10) - Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, outdoor track and field. WOMEN (11) - Basketball, cross country, field hockey (TBD), golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, outdoor track and field, volleyball. Governance: COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS - Comprised of the chief executive officers of the member Institutions. This group meets bi-annually and is ultimately responsible for the operation of the conference. ATHLETICS DIRECTOR’S COUNCIL - Comprised of the athletics director and senior woman Administrator (SWA) at each member institution. This group meets bi-annually and makes recommendations on legislation to the Presidents and accepts reports and recommendations from all Sports Councils. SPORTS COUNCILS - Represent the 21 sports sponsored by the conference and includes the head coach at each member institution. There are also councils representing the Sports Information Directors (SID) and Athletic Trainers. Each Sports Council meets annually to discuss policies and make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council. COMMISSIONER - Serves as the executive director and is responsible for directing the development, coordination and implementation of the conference’s policies.

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Section 1 -

Abusive, profane, or insulting language directed at any player, coach, official, any staff member at a conference institution, or the commissioner, is completely unacceptable by anyone associated with the conference and its member schools. Such misconduct could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner.

Section 2 -

It is completely unacceptable for anyone to directly comment in a derogatory manner to a media member on a player, coach, official, any staff member of a conference institution, or the commissioner. Such misconduct could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner.

Section 3 -

Neither a coach nor his/her representative may enter the officials’ dressing room facilities. The officials’ dressing room must remain private. A capable security guard must be responsible for maintaining the privacy and safety of officials while they are on campus.

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A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the commissioner on any such rulings involving potential suspensions of student-athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics.

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CHAIR: Andrew Gibson, Rhodes College AD Council Liason: Kyndall Waters, BSC 1.

The Athletic Trainers Council will include the head athletic trainers from each SAA school. This Council will have an annual conference call during the spring to discuss common concerns and make recommendations to the Athletic Directors Council for changes in these policies.

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In order to provide an acceptable standard of care for all conference sports and events, an NATABOC certified athletic trainer must be on campus and directly accessible as well as have direct communication available to him/her to all events in competition. The host athletic trainer will provide emergency care to visiting teams. In the sports of football and men’s lacrosse, conference schools are required to travel with an athletic trainer.

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It is the responsibility for the host institution’s athletic trainer to provide the following amenities for football games: A. At each sideline: a. (4) 10-gallon water coolers with cups b. (1) Ice chest with loose ice and bags c. (1) Treatment table d. (1) Water table e. (1) Trash can B. In each locker room: a. (2) 10 gallons of water with cups b. (1) Ice chest with loose ice and ice bags c. (1) Taping/Treatment Table mandatory, (2) Taping/Treatment Tables recommended d. (1) Hydrocollator Unit e. (1) Trash can C. Provide football equipment transportation to the field no less than 45 minutes prior to kickoff. The status of all the aforementioned equipment and supplies will be checked at halftime. D. In addition to the athletic trainer, it is required that a physician and ambulance be on site. E. The host institution must provide 2-Way Radios for each team to be used via both sidelines for the purpose of communication about water and physician needs.

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It is the responsibility for the host institution’s athletic trainer to provide the following amenities for men’s lacrosse games: A. At each sideline: a. (2) 10-gallon water coolers with cups b. (1) Ice chest with loose ice and bags c. (1) Trash can d. (1) Treatment or massage table is recommended B. Outside each locker room: a. (1) Taping table b. (1) Treatment or massage table is recommended c. (1) 10-gallon water cooler with cups is recommended C. In addition to the athletic trainer, it is highly recommended that a physician and/or ambulance be on site.

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It is the responsibility for the host institution’s athletic trainer to provide the following amenities for basketball games: A. At each bench: a. (1) 10-gallon water coolers with cups

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It is the responsibility of the host institution’s athletic trainer to provide the following amenities at each bench for baseball, field hockey and soccer: Ø (2) 10 gallon water coolers with cups Ø (1) Ice chest with loose ice and bags Ø (1) Trash can Ø (1) Treatment or massage table is recommended

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It is the responsibility of the host institution’s athletic trainer to provide the following amenities at each bench for softball, volleyball and women’s lacrosse: A. (1) 10 gallon water cooler with cups B. (1) Ice chest with loose ice and bags C. (1) Trash can D. (1) Treatment or massage table is recommended

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If a visiting institution will have a practice at the host SAA institution, it is the responsibility of the traveling athletic trainer to contact the host athletic trainer at least 48 hours in advance to request water and ice to be placed at practices.

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The chair of the SAA Athletic Training Council will maintain a SAA Athletic Training Contact List. The head athletic trainer or Coordinator of Athletic Training Services at each institution is encouraged to share the SAA Athletic Training Contact List with each of their staff members. The staff members should contact the athletic trainer working the prospective sport at each institution.

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In addition to standard provisions for all sites and events, the SAA championships presents the following additional responsibilities for the host athletic trainer(s): A. The host athletic trainer(s) will work with the visiting athletic trainers to ensure that all games are covered by two certified athletic trainers during the championship at all times. (Except in the sport of golf when one certified athletic trainer is acceptable). B. For track & field, a tented/shaded area is required that serves as a dual site for officials. The tent must be large enough to be equipped with the following at a minimum: a. (2) 10-gallon cooler with cups b. (1) Ice chest with loose ice and bags c. (1) Treatment table d. (1) Ice bath C. For the cross country meet, the minimum following amenities are required: a. (2) 10-gallon cooler with cups b. (1) Ice chest with loose ice and bags c. (1) Treatment tableThe host institution is recommended to provide an ambulance or EMT on site. d. The host institution is recommended to provide an ambulance or EMT on site. D. If any team in any championships is not represented by an athletic trainer, the host athletic trainer(s) will provide coverage for the event.

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The Athletic Trainers Council also recognizes the need for a consistent provision of standard modalities at each conference institution. The minimum standards for the provision of modalities for use by visiting teams includes but is not limited to ice, moist heat (hydrocollator unit), and a combination E-Stim-Ultrasound unit.

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The provision of providing cold beverages after each athletic event for visiting teams is the primary responsibility and decision of the athletic director and/or head coach and not the decision of the athletic trainer. The same provision is true for shower towels and is not the responsibility of the athletic trainer.

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All conference teams must travel with some form of identification that will guarantee emergency care (insurance) at any hospital. Individual player information needs to be provided by each athletic trainer.

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Teams not traveling with an athletic trainer should contact the host school’s athletic trainer at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled competition if special needs or treatments will be necessary. This is to include taping, treatments, etc. The standard provisions as stated above will be provided and the visiting team is expected to bring normal medical supplies (wrapping tape, etc.). Only emergency care will be administered by the host school’s athletic trainer if he or she is not contacted prior to the visiting team’s arrival. The host athletic trainer is not required to cover practices for visiting teams in any sports. Any additional care will be provided only if the host athletic trainer is notified in advance or with written instructions.

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Current NCAA policy mandates the immediate, aggressive treatment of open wounds or skin lesions that are deemed potential risks for transmission of disease. Participants with any active bleeding should be removed from the event as soon as practical. Return to play is determined by appropriate medical staff personnel and/or sport officials. A. A student-athlete who is bleeding should be treated according to the NCAA Guideline 2L regarding “Blood-Borne Pathogens and Intercollegiate Athletics.” The bleeding must be stopped and the open wound covered with a dressing sturdy enough to withstand the demands of the activity before the student-athlete may continue participation. While the wound is being attended, an assessment of the individual’s skin, uniform and equipment should be made by medical personnel. All blood on the skin should be thoroughly cleaned. Any equipment, including tape, padding or uniform that is saturated with blood and could come into contact with other student-athletes should be changed. B. Other participants at the point of injury should be evaluated by medical personnel for the presence of blood from the injured student-athlete. All blood on the skin of the non-bleed individuals should be thoroughly cleaned. Any equipment, including tape, padding or uniform that is saturated with blood and could come into contact with other student-athletes should be changed. C. Environmental surfaces should also be inspected to determine if any hard surfaces have been contaminated by blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). These areas should be disinfected with the proper chemical germicides or a freshly prepared bleach and water solution diluted to a 1:10 bleach/water ratio. D. All personnel should follow “Standard Precautions” when providing care of the studentathlete and cleaning and disinfecting of environmental surfaces. These precautions can be found in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for BloodBorne Pathogens and Hazard Communication.(Standard #29 CRF 1910.1030 & .1200). The NCAA also publishes a Sports Medicine Handbook that addresses many of the problems with blood-borne diseases. Each athletic trainer is asked to maintain a copy of this handbook.

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The use of all tobacco products by individuals on the field of play and bench areas during regular competition and practice is prohibited. Violations of this regulation shall be dealt with by the Athletic Directors Council for possible disciplinary action.

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The Council requires that all coaches be certified in CPR and first aid, plus be knowledgeable of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) at their conference school – for traditional and non-traditional seasons. All EAP’s must be posted on the respective schools website.

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The Council requires that all schools follow the updated NCAA lightning policy. These guidelines are included in the updated NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook. The host school’s administratorin-charge (AIC) will be responsible for ensuring that the person identified by each institution to make the call concerning lightning safety has spoken with the lead official and reviewed the lightning policy prior to competition.

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The SAA policy regarding protocol for visiting team concussions (if an athletic trainer is not traveling with the visiting team) is for the home team certified athletic trainer to communicate with the visiting team certified athletic trainer. If a concussion is suspected, the athlete will be removed from play. The home team certified athletic trainer will not clear visiting team athletes to return to play after a concussion.

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The Head Athletic Trainer or Coordinator of Athletic Training Services at each institution must submit the medical hardship paperwork request via e-mail to Jay Gardiner by May 1st of each year. Jay Gardiner will e-mail the approval or denial paperwork to each Head Athletic Trainer over the summer.

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The Chair of the Athletic Training Council will send minutes and a copy of the manual to each institution including associate members in Football and Field Hockey.

Note: Presidents and ADs recognize the NATA recommendation of one certified trainer for every 100 athletes. This will be a conference wide priority.

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I. General Overview 1.

The Sports Information Directors Council will include the SIDs from all conference schools.

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The SIDs will assist the conference office in maintaining a comprehensive conference record book of all conference sports.

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The conference office will coordinate with the SIDs an operating system for sports information, publications and statistical maintenance regarding scores, results and statistics.

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Any school’s failure to comply with the SID Council’s guidelines could result in that school’s forfeiture of all-conference consideration in the sport in question.

II. Game Day Procedures - Game Day Management 1.

The SID from each member school is responsible for the conduct at the press box or press row at each home contest. The SAA, in the interest of ensuring a professional working environment and reflection of the member institution, recommends the following code of conduct for the media facilities be distributed or posted in the press box or on press row: “The Southern Athletic Association and (name of member institution) remind each person here that this is a working media area and cheering and other emotional outbursts are absolutely prohibited. Any such behavior may result in the dismissal from the press box or row by the crowd control officer or sports information director.” In all cases, only media personnel, scouts, athletics officials and necessary game staff are permitted in any press box or on any press row. At no time is cheering or other emotional outburst permitted. Such conduct could result in dismissal from the contest and suspension of future media credentials or admittance to the press box or press row.

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The host institution for football and basketball must provide one telephone line for radio broadcasts by visiting teams within the field of play (football is the working press box and basketball is inside the gym or arena). The host school pays for the phone line, but the visiting team pays for the actual cost of the call. Additionally, the broadcast location for football within the press box should maintain some type of privacy separate from the regular working staff in the same location.

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The following statement shall be read over the public address system when available: This pledge encourages SAA schools to bring a student athlete from both schools to the microphone and read the following pre-game: Player one: “As representative participants in today’s contest we ask your cooperation in helping to make today’s game a positive one for all involved by promoting good sportsmanship”

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The public address announcer will be impartial while giving only brief and pertinent information. The public address announcer will not be a cheerleader or incite the crowd at any time. Criticism over the PA system of officials, coaches, players, etc., is absolutely in violation of the policies of the conference. Any individual guilty of such behavior will be expelled from those duties immediately. The public address announcer must also be completely aware of procedures in case of necessary evacuation of the playing area for emergencies. The crowd control officer should instruct the announcer of these procedures in advance of the game.

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Prior to the beginning of any conference event, the following protocol is recommended: A. The National Anthem will be played or sung, and the American and SAA flags displayed. (If feasible, but not required for all sports – check each Sports Council.) B. It will be announced it is a Southern Athletic Association event. C. For basketball, the following timetable must be used for all conference games during the regular season and conference tournament: §

Start clock at 25 minutes for pregame. The 25-minute pregame period should conclude with at least five minutes of actual time remaining prior to tipoff to allow for the National Anthem (when applicable) and/or starting lineups. If a game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m., at 5:30 p.m., begin 25-minute pregame clock to end at 5:55 p.m., then play National Anthem and introduce starting lineups and game begins at 6:00 p.m.

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Play or sing National Anthem before the first game only when double-headers are played or before the first game of the afternoon or evening session for the conference tournament. This should be done immediately before the starting lineups are introduced.

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Visiting team introduced first, home team second – then head coaches meet in front of scorer’s table to shake hands.

D. For soccer and field hockey, the pregame clock should be set to end five minutes prior to the scheduled match time to allow for the National Anthem (when applicable) and starting lineups. For men’s lacrosse, the pregame clock should be set to end five minutes prior to the scheduled match. This protocol, similar to basketball, will allow for matches to start on time and not delay the start of the second game (when applicable).

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E. For volleyball, the following protocol should be used: Game Clock Actual Time Activity § 60-:19 41 minutes Court available – shared warmup § 30 -------------- Coin toss § 19-:15 4 minutes Visiting team court § 15-:11 4 minutes Home team court § 11-:06 5 minutes Visiting team court § 06-:01 5 minutes Home team court § 01 1 minute Team huddle / announcements § 00 --------------- National Anthem / player intros § Begin match 7.

Consideration should be given to special pregame and halftime activities (Homecoming, Parent’s Weekend, Senior Day, etc.). Those activities should begin early enough so it does not affect the starting times of games.

III. Game Day Procedures - Statistics 1.

The host SID is responsible for sending box score information to the visiting school. The host school is responsible for posting the final score to Presto and uploading the packed Stat Crew file into the Presto system.

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For consistency, in regards to digital roster files, the proper listing is as follows: First name, Last name

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Also, in the sports of baseball and softball, when sharing digital roster files, a school needs to send both a .tro (roster) and .trx (extended roster) file before the game to allow for both first and last names to show up in the box score.

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The host SID must provide an official NCAA box score and a competent statistical staff for all events. This is true for field hockey, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, volleyball and lacrosse. SIDs will work with cross country, golf, swimming and diving, outdoor track and tennis coaches to ensure that adequate statistics and results are maintained. The host school must send a box score to the visiting school and SAA office, and update the SAA online scoreboard, no later than midnight the day of competition after a contest in baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and lacrosse.

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On conference basketball weekends, the home team should e-mail game files to all conference member institutions hosting games and its travel partner following Friday night games. Following Sunday games, game files must be sent to the conference office and all conference member institutions. The game files for the first game of a scheduled doubleheader should be e-mailed immediately between games - not at the end of the night. Once the second game is completed, that file should be e-mailed as quickly as possible to the appropriate personnel. SIDs are also responsible for distributing basketball box scores to the locker room of both teams during halftime and at the conclusion of all games.

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In football, it is required that each host SID provide a play-by-play for all conference home games. This play-by-play should be a part of the regular statistics package provided after each game (box score, tackle statistics, etc.) SIDs are also required to review with their statistics staff assisted and

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At the SAA volleyball championship tournament, it is required that the host school keep live, in-game statistics for both the semifinal matches and the championship match on Sunday.

IV. Game Day Procedures - Ejections 1.

The official scorebook – in those sports in which an official scorebook is maintained – is the final determining factor for ejections, fighting, etc. The act of an ejection and the consequences involved with any ejection must be recorded in the official scorebook by the official scorekeeper in all sports that require official scorekeeping. All ejections will be reported to the conference office within 48 hours by member institution.

V. Roster Maintenance 1.

For consistency in roster guidelines (when using and sharing Microsoft Word rosters), all schools should have team sport rosters available per NCAA standards: A. Cross Country / Golf / Tennis / Track / Swimming and Diving 1) name 2) class 3) hometown (list events for each swimmer and/or track athlete after class and before hometown) B. Basketball / Football / Soccer / Volleyball / Lacrosse / Field Hockey Soccer / Volleyball 1) number 2) name 3) position 4) height 5) weight (omit for women’s basketball, women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s lacrosse and field hockey) 6) class 7) hometown C. Baseball / Softball 1) number 2) name 3) position 4) bats/throws 5) height 6) weight (omit for softball) 7) class

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Football rosters and two-deep charts shall be sent to conference opponents both on the Monday prior to Saturday’s game.

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Each school must send their digital rosters for the applicable sports the Monday before conference competition. All rosters must be maintained in a digital format (Statcrew, Presto, etc.) and Word format in numerical order on each school’s athletics Web site and all rosters should be kept up to date during the season to reflect changes, deletions, additions, etc.

VII. Player of the Week Nominations Process 1.

For all sports that use Stat Crew statistics (except volleyball), the SIDs will make weekly Player of the Week nominations using the Presto online nomination platform and will use the comments section to write their submissions in paragraph form.

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The men’s and women’s championship will be held two weeks prior to the NCAA Regional Meet. The women will race 6,000 meters. The men will race 8,000 meters. The course should meet minimum NCAA championship standards with regard to obstacles and obstructions, and avoid any lapping.

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A rotation for host sites will be established among conference schools. If schools do not have adequate facilities, or are unable or unwilling to host, they may pass on their opportunity to host to the next school listed in the rotation. Championship sites must be approved, two (2) years in advance, by a majority of the conference coaches and must comply with all NCAA rules and regulations, as listed in the NCAA cross country manual. Schools wishing to join the rotation (having either newly joined the conference or acquired a new facility) may be placed at the end of the current rotation. The head coach at the host institution will automatically serve as the cross country council chair for that season.

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Start times will be at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. local time. The order of start for the men and women will alternate, following the order used at the NCAA Championship Meet. In addition, a majority of coaches, in consultation with the conference office, may vote to adjust the start times for a particular year when there is concern that weather conditions may significantly affect performance and/or create health concerns.

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Championship races must be timed/scored with modern equipment on par with NCAA Championship standards. (Chip timing is currently the standard protocol, with video/Finish Lynx back-up for times within 4/10ths of a second of one another. In addition to chip timing, a finish corral should be used, rather than a chute, as noted in the NCAA rules book.) In addition, manual scoring/timing backup systems must be used at the finish line.

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At the conclusion of the second race, and once both sets of results are posted, they are considered “unofficial”. The time of posting will be noted on the results sheet. At this point, a 20 minute protest period begins, during which protests for both races may be filed with the meet referee. At the conclusion of the 20 minute period, if no protests have been filed, the results become “official”.

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The meet referee will rule on any protests. A coach has the option of appealing the meet referee’s ruling to the games committee. The games committee is comprised of three (3) coaches - the host coach, the host coach from the previous championships, and the host coaches from the upcoming championships. In the event a protest involves a school from which a coach is serving on the games committee, an alternate coach (as selected by the host coach) will serve in his/her place.

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The annual cross country council (coaches) meeting will take place each year per telephone conference call. The purpose of the meeting is to propose changes to the cross country operating manual, as well as to select/approve the championship site for two years out. It is the responsibility of the host coach from the current year championship meet to schedule this conference call. The specific date/time of the conference call should be finalized prior to

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The host institution will make a reasonable effort to make the meet packet (bib numbers, chips, and other important material) available to each school on Friday prior to the meet. It is recommended that this material be available at the course on Friday, at a pre-race meal (if scheduled), or at a convenient location near the host hotel(s). Box assignments will be drawn by the Host institution and made available as a part of the packets on Friday. Packets not picked up must be available at the course 90 minutes prior to the first race on Saturday, at which time box assignments will also be drawn. In addition, course maps should be available at least two weeks prior to the meet.

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Entries are due to the host institution by midnight on the Monday prior to the Championships. The entry procedure will be determined by the host school. An unlimited number of entries per institution will be permitted at the SAA Championships. It is the responsibility of the host institution to forward meet entries to the conference office by 5:00 p.m. est. on Tuesday prior to the meet.

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It is the responsibility of the host institution in coordination with the SAA office to send a meet packet (hotels, restaurants, directions, practice opportunities on the course, starting times, etc) to each school no later than October 1 prior to the Championships.

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Awards A. The team champions will be awarded championship trophies provided by the conference office. B. The individual finisher in each event will be named the conference Runner of the Year and recognized during the awards ceremony. Newcomer of the Year (top freshman or first-year student based on finish at the conference championship) will also be selected and recognized during the awards ceremony. Coach of the Year will be selected after the championships. C. The top-five finishers in the conference meet will be named to the All-SAA First-Team All-Conference Team, the next five will be named to the second team and finishers 11-15 will be listed as Honorable Mention. Each runner will be awarded a medallion following the meet. D. At the conclusion of the meet, the following schedule should be followed: Team and individual orders of finish determined. Announcement of final team order of finish. Recognition of all teams, beginning with the last-place team and working up to the conference champion. The team trophy is then presented. Announcement of the top-15 individual finishers, beginning with the 15th place finisher and working up to the individual champion. Announcement of the Newcomer of the Year Award.

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E. Conference Coach of the Year awards for men and women will be selected by the head coaches. Head women’s coaches will vote for the women’s Coach of the Year award, and head men’s coaches will vote for the men’s coach of the year award. Coaches are allowed to vote for themselves. Voting and announcement of award recipients will take place during the week immediately after the SAA conference championship meet, and will be coordinated by the conference office. F. It is mandatory that the host institution set up an appropriate area to conduct the awards presentation and post the final scores and results. G. The commissioner will present the awards. If the commissioner is unable to be present for the awards presentation, the assistant commissioner, host institution’s president, primary athletics administrator or head cross country coach should make the presentation. 12.

A male and female Runner-of-the-Week will be selected each week during the regular season. Coaches will submit their nominations via e-mail to the SAA office by 1:00 p.m. (EST) each Tuesday. All weekly nominees will be emailed back to the coaches for a vote to select the winners. Coaches are allowed to vote for their own runners. The SAA office will release the winners by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday on the SAA website and by email to the institution.

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An All-SAA Sportsmanship Team will be selected the week following the SAA Championship Meet. Each men’s and women’s team will select one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-SAA Sportsmanship Team.

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The following rotation will be established for hosting SAA Championship meets:

2018 – Rhodes 2019 – Sewanee 2020 – Berry 2021 – Birmingham-Southern

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I. Regular-Season and Conference Championship Regulations 1.

The SAA Field Hockey Council approves a double round-robin schedule with a concluding, single elimination tournament.

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The SAA field hockey conference tournament will played at the highest seed. The number one seed must have an artificial turf field as an option in case of bad weather or defer to the second seed. This deferment must be announced prior to the start of the season to allow for proper planning. * See Number 6 for future plans.

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In the event that seeding and/or the conference championship cannot be played to completion, a tie-break system will be used to determine the champion. A. All ties will be broken by first measuring head-to-head conference play between the tied teams. B. In the event teams’ regular-season Conference standing are equal, then head-to-head in-conference goal differential will be used. In the case of a three way tie, after one team is selected, the remaining two teams shall ALWAYS revert back to head to head. C. Ties will be broken by in conference goals allowed. D. Ties will be broken by head-to-head play between (out of region) in division common opponents. E. Ties will be broken by head-to-head play between out of region common opponents. F. Ties will be broken by goal differential between in-division common opponents G. In the event of teams having equal records for regular-season play, seeding of the championship will be awarded using the same tie-break system in Section I, No. 3 A-D. In order to determine seeding past Section I., No. 3, .A-D, a coin toss by the commissioner will determine the seeding.

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Game shirts worn by home teams must be predominantly DARK, and game shirts worn by the designated away team be predominately WHITE or LIGHT, unless a prior agreement is reached by both coaches.

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Schools must follow NCAA guidelines for properly outlining fields of play.

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Starting in 2018, the SAA Field Hockey Tournament will be hosted at a pre-determined site.

II. Scheduling 1.

No conference games will be scheduled the first weekend of the season.

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The first draft of the conference schedule will be determined by the commissioner and returned to coaches no later than September 1.

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The final copy of the upcoming conference schedule will be presented at the annual Field Hockey Council’s meeting each year. Any changes after this meeting are subject to agreement by the respective coaches and the commissioner.

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Game times will be set in agreement between the competing teams. Suggested starting times for Saturday-Sunday series are: A. Saturday – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. B. Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Consideration should be given to special pregame and halftime activities (Homecoming, Parent’s Weekend, Senior Day, etc.). Those activities should begin early enough so it does not affect the starting times of games.

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Game times may be adjusted to accommodate travel by the visiting teams or other reasons pertaining to missed class time and campus activities for the home teams, but only through consultation with the conference office.

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Teams should set pre-game clocks to end approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled match time to allow for the National Anthem (when applicable) and starting lineups. This protocol will allow for matches to start on time.

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Game dates and sites may be adjusted for travel and financial reasons if both parties and the conference office agree. It may be feasible for conference matches to be played at a neutral site if it is agreeable with both teams and conference office.

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In the event of inclement weather that adversely affects suitability of field conditions, the following people will be involved in determining whether the field is safe for competition: athletics director or senior woman administrator from the host school (required), facilities manager (recommended), umpire/ officials (recommended), and/or athletics trainer (recommended).

III. Officials 1.

Two officials must be present at all conference games and will be provided by the host institution.

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Two ball-chasers and four game balls must be provided by the host institution for all conference competition.

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The following compensation policy for officials/umpires will be adopted across the board for all SAA member institutions sponsoring field hockey: All umpires be required to possess a current USFHA rating of Level II or III and that they attend at least one USFHA sponsored umpires’ interpretation meeting annually. Coordination with USFHA for a regional umpires clinic should take place each calendar year.

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P a g e | 20 All umpires be compensated $125 per match with no per diem. Host institutions will compensate umpires’ travel expenses according to the following: •

$0.50 per mile driven OR flight and rental car, whichever option is cheaper.

Umpires who travel together will only be compensated for mileage one time. Only the driver will receive the mileage reimbursement.

Umpires who need hotel accommodation will receive a complimentary hotel room at a local hotel of good reputation. For SAA Championships, at least four umpires will be reserved with one acting as Umpires Manager for the event. The Umpires Manager must be a USFHA Level III rated umpire who is up-to-date on his/her rating and interpretations. IV. Ejections 1.

A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the commissioner on any such rulings involving potential suspensions of student athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics.

V. Travel Squad Size Travel squad size is limited to the NCAA maximum plus 10% rounded up for regular season and conference championship games. Games that do not require an overnight stay or that are played during institutional breaks are waived from this limitation. VI. Scouting 1.

Coaches are not permitted to scout and may not provide information within the conference - with the following two exceptions: A. On-site scouting is permissible as long as no substantial additional costs paid for travel by the coaching staff. B. Scouting is permitted at the conference championship tournament. [*Note: Scouting is permitted by live internet feed.]

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In conference verbal scouting reports between SAA coaches is not permitted.

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For all conference matches, the home team will provide a copy of the game film to visiting team that is to be in hand no later than Friday following the game. Video taping of other conference teams is prohibited.

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It is prohibited for any SAA coach to provide a scouting report, either by film, in written form or by phone to any out-of-conference opponents on any SAA team.

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All head coaches have agreed to the use of TeamXStream.

VII. Coaches Meeting All coaches will meet annually by conference call to make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council for changes in these policies. Coaches are encouraged to join the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and use the college website (www.nfhca.org). VIII. Awards 1.

The conference will provide a championship trophy to the conference Champion and to the regular season champion.

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The conference office will administer the selection process for the All-Conference Teams, defensive and offensive Players-of-the-Year, Newcomer-of-theYear and Coach-of-the-Year.

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Each coach is allowed to nominate up to six (6) of his/her own players to be placed on the final ballot for All-SAA. Players will appear on the ballot with individual overall statistics and conference statistics listed on the ballot. Players will also be selected without consideration to position, except one goalkeeper per team. The online nomination platform opens at 6:00 p.m. (EST) on the final Sunday of regular season play and remains open until 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday. Coaches voting will be conducted on-line from Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (EST) until Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) the week prior to the conference tournament. Unless otherwise determined by the Field Hockey sports council, the All-Conference teams will be announced by the following Tuesday. . Coaches will vote by ranking 11 players (10 field players and a goal keeper) to comprise the All-Conference team. A First Team of 10 field players and one goalkeeper will be named as well as a Second Team of 10 field players and one goalkeeper. Those players not named to one of the All-Conference teams but who received votes in the balloting for All-Conference shall be recognized as honorable mention.

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Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year will be selected through the voting process 9you cannot vote for your own players). Players nominated as Defensive and/or Offensive Player of the Year should be ranked as the top selection by the nominating school within their six nominees for SAA All-Conference. A Newcomer of the Year will be selected on a separate ballot. Coaches can nominate one player from their squad to the Newcomer of the Year ballot. Newcomer of the Year will be a player in her first year at a conference school (transfer, freshman, or someone playing in her first year as a member of the team). The SAA office will request Coach of the Year votes via email. Coaches may not vote for themselves to select SAA Coach of the Year.

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Every week along with conference statistics, there will be an offensive and defensive Player of the Week selected. Nominations for Players of the Week

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An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the SAA championship tournament. Each team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-SAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student athlete from each team may be selected. The award will be publicized with other conference awards following the conclusion of the season.

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I. Regular-Season Contest Regulations 1.

The conference champion in football shall be determined by a single round robin. The team with the best winning percentage against conference teams will be declared the conference champion. The conference champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA championship.

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In the case of two or more teams tying for the conference championship, each team will be declared a co-champion and receive a trophy. To determine the representative to NCAA postseason competition and the recipient of the conference’s automatic bid, the following criteria will be used as a tie-breaker: A. Two teams – head-to-head result from conference game played. B. Three teams – Using the following point system: Ø Each team will be awarded two points for each victory against other conference co-champions. Ø Each team is awarded one point for each victory over other conference teams not sharing the championship. Ø In the event that both parts of Section B are applied and two teams are still tied, the formula will revert back to Section A. C. If Sections A and B cannot break the tie and there are still three teams tied, then the team or teams with the fewest losses will be declared as the recipient of the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAAs. If two teams have the equal number of losses, Section A is applied. D. If there are still three teams tied with the same number of losses, then the percentage of each team’s opponents’ total overall record will be used. The team whose opponents have the higher win/loss percentage will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAAs. If two teams remain throughout any of these tie-breaking procedures. Section A is applied.

3.

The official footballs of the conference are the Wilson F1001 NCAA, F1003 NCAA, or the F1005 NCAA and must be used in all conference games.

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Regular game clocks and functional scoreboards with each team’s score, down, yardage to go, yard line and quarter are required. It is also the responsibility of the host school to have adequate first-down markers and chains, down-marker and pylons marking the goal line and back and corners of the end zone. The conference provides each school with chain-gang crew vests that are to be worn by the crew during all home games. Schools are required to have 25-second play-clocks in both end zones.

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The host school is responsible for providing a minimum of two ball boys or girls with one person on each sideline to ensure that each team is given their own game ball in adequate time. Host schools should make sure enough towels, bags, etc., are available when inclement weather is a factor to keep game balls dry and playable. Host schools are required to provide a kicking net for the visiting team in all conference games. Each school is responsible for its own communications systems at any game. The host school does not supply communications equipment for the visiting team.

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P a g e | 24 If the communications system for one school is not functional, the other school does not have to shut down its system. The home team will provide no back-up system for the visiting team. 7.

The host school will provide locker room facilities. Adequate arrangements should be made for the privacy of the visiting team for meetings, showers, dressing, etc. The visiting team is responsible for its own shower towels.

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The visiting team will also be provided adequate space in the press box or spotting area for at least two people or equal to the host school’s number. Consideration should be given to the privacy of this area and separate from the main press box that includes statisticians, radio personnel, etc.

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The host school will make every effort to accommodate requests by the visiting team for adequate practice time on the actual game field on the day prior to the game.

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The visiting team will be allotted no more than 60 minutes of actual on-field practice time. Requests for practice time by the visiting team must be made at least five days prior to the actual day of the game. Adverse weather conditions on the day prior to the game may prohibit either team from practicing on the game field.

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Pre-game warm-up areas are defined by the chart on Page 34.

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All conference games will be governed by NCAA rules.

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Any new uniforms would require approval from the SAA office and SAA Coordinator of Officials prior to purchase to insure they meet NCAA regulation.

II. Scheduling 1.

Prior to the beginning of the season, each head coach should send an information sheet containing details pertaining to the opponents’ visit to their facility. This sheet should contain information about hotel rates, local maps, restaurants, ground transportation, bus/van parking, dressing and shower facilities, pregame warm-up areas, any pregame activities (time of playing of National Anthem, Homecoming or Parents’ Day ceremonies, etc.), sports information services, etc.

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In the case of inclement weather or travel problems due to abnormal rain, cold or darkness, administrators of the competing schools (presidents, athletics directors and head coaches) will decide jointly as to when the game will be played. It is preferred that the game take place on the same day or the following day. The host school should work with hotels, restaurants and even automotive mechanics to ensure that the visiting team is accommodated in case of such delays or problems.

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Conference schools are responsible for scheduling games against conference opponents, based on the rotation supplied by the commissioner’s office. The commissioner will assist member schools on any conflicts in this scheduling process. The Football Council will advise the commissioner regarding the schedule.

III. Officials 1.

There will be a minimum of seven officials on the field plus one official clock operator for all conference games.

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The SAA coordinator of officials must assign the field officials and they must be recognized intercollegiate officials.

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Each institution will be responsible to send a copy of their final schedule to both the Commissioner and the Coordinator by June 1.

IV. Ejections or Targeting A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the commissioner on any such rulings involving potential suspensions of student athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics. Any player penalized for targeting must be reported to the conference office. The SAA Commissioner and SAA Coordinator of Officials must be sent the clip of the targeting foul. Upon receiving the video, the SAA Coordinator of Officials and SAA Commissioner will review the play and pass that video and ruling onto the NCAA. V. Travel Squad Size Travel squad size is limited to the NCAA maximum plus 10% rounded up for regular season and conference championship games. Games that do not require an overnight stay or that are played during institutional breaks are waived from this limitation. VI. Scouting 1.

There will be a videotape exchange through Game Tape Exchange Hudl or in lieu of scouting. Each film exchange shall include ODK, Down, Distance, Yardline, Gain/Loss.

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There will be no on-site scouting of conference teams by representatives of conference member schools.

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After Week 4 of the regular season, all end zone and wide copies will be uploaded no later than midnight on Saturday following each game. If there are SAA games before Week 4, each head coach will work out the film exchange so that the films traded are equal. Coaches will trade a wide and end zone copy separately. There will not be an interweave trade. Film exchange with an unequal amount of games: There will be

an equal amount of games exchanged and the corresponding weeks shall be used. Ex: Team A plays weeks 1&2 Team B plays week 1 and has a bye week 2. They play each other week 3- Only Week #1 will be exchanged. 4.

If a team is traveling to a non-conference opponent that Saturday, the conference member must download both end zone and wide copies of their game no later than Noon the day after returning from the trip.

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No exchanges will occur until both teams have downloaded both end zone and wide copies.

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Teams are responsible for downloading both end zone and wide copies for exchange by Thursday (10 days) prior to the next game.

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A play-by-play, depth chart, and complete roster must be sent via e-mail or fax to arrive no later than Noon on Thursday (10 days) prior to the next game.

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The commissioner will handle all exchange problems.

9.

No videos of conference teams will be sent to non-conference opponents who play conference teams.

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Every effort shall be made to produce quality videos. All teams must show the entire scoreboard after each change of possession. It is the responsibility of the team creating the video to contact the team receiving the video to explain any discrepancy in missing plays or other complicated situations.

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Conference members may not provide information on conference teams to conference or non-conference members.

VII. Coaches Meeting All coaches will meet annually at their annual national coaches convention in January or by SAA conference call to make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council for changes in these policies. VIII. Awards 1.

The conference office will provide a championship trophy to the winning team of the single round-robin format.

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To select the All-Conference Teams, the following steps will be taken: A. The coaches or SID representatives from each school will make nominations online by noon on the Tuesday following the final game of the regular season. B. To achieve an 11-man First Team Offense and 12-man First Team Defense per the actual positions on the field, players will be nominated per position and the coaches voting will determine the top players at each position to set the All-Conference Teams. Coaches are advised to rank their players within position during the nomination process to assist the other coaches in voting. The offensive categories within which to nominate players are QB, RB, WR, TE/H-Back, OL and K. The defensive players within which to make nominations are DL, LB, DS and P. After voting by ranking players within position, the First Team Offense will be the top QB vote-getter, the top-2 RB vote-getters, the top 2 WR vote-getters and the top 6 OL vote getters (or top 5 OL plus a TE/H-Back, or 5 OL plus a third receiver, which the coaches may decide). The top vote-getting kicker will be placed on the First Team. The Second Team Offense will be made up of the same numbers by position of the next highest vote-getters in each category. After voting by ranking players within position, the First Team Defense will be the top-4 DL vote-getters, top-4 LB vote getters top-2 Safeties and top-2 Corners vote-getters. The top vote-getting punter will be placed on the First Team Defense. The Second Team Defense will be made up of the same numbers by position of the next highest vote-getters in each category. Players not making either the First or Second Team for Defense or Offense but who received at least two points in the voting process will be named Honorable Mention.

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P a g e | 27 C. A separate ballot for each of the All-SAA major wards will be constructed of the following categories: Offensive Player of the Year; Defensive Player of the Year; Special Teams Player of the Year; Newcomer of the Year (freshman or first year transfer) and Coach of the Year. Each coach may nominate one player from their squad for each of these ballots. The Coach of the Year vote will be conducted via email between the coaches and the conference office. Coaches may not vote for themselves. D. Coaches will conduct their voting by online ballot and there will not be a conference call to conduct this voting. The voting timetable will be set by the conference office. A coach may not vote for a player from his own school or himself. If there is a tie for the last spot at a certain position, then those players who tie for the final spot will both be named All-Conference. E. The All-Conference selections will be announced and released by the conference office within one week of voting being completed. A First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention will be selected. F. There will be neither a selection of a preseason All-Conference team nor a predicted order of finish. G. During the regular season, the conference office will select an offensive, a defensive and a special teams Player of the Week each Monday. Nominations are due to the conference office by Monday at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and the results will be publicized on the conference website. H. An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the end of the SAA regular season. Each team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-SAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

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IX. Southern Athletic Association Replay Policy and Purpose The SAA has established a fundamental process for the video review of a targeting foul that has been called and enforced in the first-half of football games played between two Southern Athletic Association institutions. It can also be used for non-conference games if the home school is a Southern Athletic Institution and both schools have mutual agreement. If either team objects to exercising this option, it will not be used. The 2014 rule change for targeting fouls in games without Instant Replay provides the option for the Referee to review the video of first-half targeting fouls at halftime. The decision regarding whether to exercise this option must be made at least one hour before the coin toss. Purpose: Instant replay is a process whereby video review is used to confirm, reverse or let stand certain on-field decisions made by game officials. Philosophy: The instant replay process operates under the fundamental assumption that the ruling on the field is correct. The referee may reverse a ruling if and only if the video evidence convinces him beyond all doubt that the ruling is incorrect. Without such indisputable video evidence, the referee must allow the ruling to stand. The protocol for the review process is as follows:

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1. Assuming that the review option will be exercised, as a part of his pregame duties the Referee will meet with a representative of game management to establish the following: The source of the video to be used for review, as determined by this hierarchy of availability: 1. Television feed 2. Internet streaming (when there is no TV) 3. Coach’s video (when there is neither TV nor Internet streaming) 4. Other source (when none of the above is available) • Only one source of video need be used, however the goal is to get the call correct. If the visiting team has clear footage to be reviewed, the Head Referee may make a decision using both sources. • Only the referee and calling official will review the video of the call on the field being displayed on a tablet no smaller than 9.7” diagonal tablet device. If a laptop or desktop computer / monitor is to be used, the minimum screen size must be larger than 13”. No cell phones may be used as a part of the review; nor should the screen of a video camera be used for such review. • The location of, and security arrangements for the secure area that will be made available at halftime for the review must be clearly marked and articulated to the Head Referee as part of the game prep process. • There must be an Identification of the individual who will provide technical assistance to the officiating crew for the review. It is recommended that this person not be a coach of either team, if a coach must be the technical support person, they may not comment, suggest, or in any way interfere with the halftime review process. • The school technician will bring the video to review to the secured area for the officials and will have the video ready to review no later than 10 minutes remaining in the half. The video must be able to forward, reverse, advance in slow motion and pause during the review process. 3. The Referee and calling official will conduct the review under the fundamental assumption of Instant Replay: the ruling on the field is correct and may be reversed only on the basis of indisputable video evidence. 4. The decision of the Referee is final and may not be appealed. 5. Upon arriving at a decision, the Referee will inform each Head Coach as soon as possible of the outcome of the review—i.e., whether the player in question will be allowed to return to the game for the second half. 6. Prior to the second-half kickoff the Referee will announce to the stadium the outcome of the review.

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I. Conference Championship and Regular-Season Contest Regulations 1. The conference champions will be decided by a postseason tournament. Seeding for the postseason tournament will be decided by the order of finish determined in a single round-robin regular season. A point system will be used to determine the conference champion. Three points will be awarded for a win and one point for a tie. The conference tournament will be played over the course of two weekends with the higher seeded squad hosting the quarterfinals (1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5) in the first weekend. The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals (Friday) and championship match (Sunday) on the second weekend. The winner of the conference tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA championship. 2. In case two or more teams tie for the regular season championship, a tie-breaker system will be used to determine the seeding of the tournament, but each will share the points for the average of the two or more spots in the standings. 3. All ties will be broken in the order in which they occur, from top to bottom in the standings. When comparing tied teams against positions lower in the standings which are also tied, those lower tied teams shall be considered as a single position for purposes of comparison. (Example: Team A and Team B, who tied for first place, would compare against Team X and Team Y, who tied for third place as follows: Team A would compare its combined record against both Team X and Y vs. Team B’s combined record against both X and Y. Two-Team Tie: A. Head-to-head-competition. B. Points (3-win, 1-tie, 0-loss) earned against succeeding teams in the standings. C. Points (3-win, 1-tie, 0-loss) earned in away games (only if teams play the same number of away games). D. Fewest goals against in conference play. E. Most goals scored in conference play (maximum three goals/game). F. If the two teams are still tied, the team that was the visiting team receives the higher seed. Multiple (Three or more teams) Tie: A. Compare the combined record of each of the tied teams against the other teams involved in the tie until an advantage is gained. (Example: Team A’s combined record against both Teams B and C, as compared to Team C’s combined record against Team A and Team B). B. If the multiple tie still exists, compare each of the tied teams’ records against succeeding teams in the standings until the tie is reduced to a two-team tie, at which time revert to the two-team

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All uniforms, socks and equipment must be in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations. The home team will wear the white or light-colored home uniform and socks on Friday and the dark/away uniform and socks on Sunday when teams are involved in two-game weekend series. The visiting team should bring both sets of uniforms and socks for each two-game road trip. Each visiting team should check with the home team prior to every game to ensure a mix-up does not occur.

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Schools must follow NCAA guidelines for properly outlining fields of play. In order to host an SAA Tournament contest, a minimum field size of 65 yards by 115 yards; and a maximum of 75 yards by 120 yards must be used by the host institution.

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For conference contests, it is recommended that the visiting coach be given a printed copy of the game statistics before departing from the opposing campus.

7.

Per NCAA guidelines, artificial noise-makers are not allowed at SAA Tournament contests.

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Sunday conference game kick offs should be uniform with the first match at noon local time and the second match be at 2:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter (with the 20-minutes on field warm up time still in effect). Sewanee stated that there would be an exception only in the case of Field Hockey having a game on the same day since they share the field. Berry has indicated that they are restricted to a 1:00 p.m. start and will comply with noon, 2:30 p.m. if approved by their administration.

II. Scheduling 1.

The commissioner will schedule all games between conference teams in direct consultation with the Chair of the Soccer Council.

2.

No conference games will be scheduled the first three weekends of the season, if possible.

3.

The first draft of the conference schedule will be determined by the Commissioner and returned to the coaches by August 1, one-year in advance. Remaining games will be scheduled by the schools and submitted to the commissioner by February 1.

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The final copy of the upcoming conference schedule will be presented by April 1. Any changes after this meeting are subject to agreement by the respective coaches and commissioner.

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Game times will be set in agreement between the competing teams.

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P a g e | 32 Sunday’s matches will be played at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and follow the conference guidelines for that given year. Recommended Friday starting times are 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., but competing teams should schedule those games as necessary to accommodate class schedules and/or the amount of daylight available. Game times may be adjusted to accommodate travel by the visiting teams or other reasons pertaining to campus activities, but only through consultation with the conference office. A minimum of 20 minutes of warm-up on the game field will be allowed after the conclusion of the first game and before the start of the second game as part of a SAA doubleheader. Consideration should be given to special pregame and halftime activities (Homecoming, Parent’s Weekend, Senior Day, etc.). Those activities should begin early enough so it does not affect the starting times of games. III. Officials 1.

The three-team official system with NISOA officials will be provided by the host institution for all conference competition.

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Four ball-chasers and four game balls must be provided by the host institution for all conference competition and these individuals shall be appropriately positioned around the field. Ball-chasers shall wear a vest or jersey to distinguish them from the players, coaches and officials and must at least 10-years-old.

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The host institution shall provide nine soccer balls, including one being a game ball for pregame warm-up to the visiting teams in conference matches. This shall be done at least 45 minutes prior to kickoff. The visiting team must return the practice balls bagged to the home team just prior to kickoff.

IV. Ejections A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the commissioner on any such rulings involving potential suspensions of student athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics. V. Travel Squad Size Travel squad size is limited to the NCAA maximum plus 10% rounded up for regular season and conference championship games. Games that do not require an overnight stay or that are played during institutional breaks are waived from this limitation. VI. Scouting 1.

Coaches are permitted to scout and provide information within the conference.

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Conference members may not provide information on conference teams to nonconference members.

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The host school must provide match film to the visiting conference team (or have in mail, etc.) within 36 hours of the match.

VIII. Coaches Meeting 1.

All coaches will meet annually at the United Soccer Coaches national convention, or by conference call, to make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council for changes in these operating manual policies. Coaches unable to attend will participate in the meeting via conference call and the chair of the Soccer Council is responsible for making these arrangements. Coaches are urged to join the United Soccer Coaches and use the college soccer website (https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/).

IX. Awards 1.

The conference office will provide a championship trophy to each conference Champion and to the regular season champions.

2.

The conference office will administer the selection process for the All-Conference Teams, the Players of the Year (Offensive and Defensive), Newcomer of the Year and the Coach of the Year.

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The online nomination process for All-SAA opens on Monday following the final regular season contests and will remain open until all schools have nominated. Coaches voting will be conducted on-line prior to the conference tournament starting. Players will appear on the ballot grouped with players of similar position (GK, F, MF, D) with individual overall statistics and conference statistics listed on the ballot.

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Coaches may not vote for their own players (or themselves for Coach of the Year) on the final ballot.

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Coaches will rank players on each of the online positional ballots to determine the top players at each position. The All-SAA First Team will consist of one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders, three forwards and one at-large honoree - can be any position) to the First Team, 11 players (one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders, three forwards and one at-large honoree - can be any position) to the Second Team. The voting process will determine the top 10 players for each and the at-large honoree (11th player) to each the First and Second Team will be the player receiving the most points in the vote not making the First or Second Team. Players receiving at least two points will be named to the Honorable Mention All-Conference Team

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A separate ballot will determine the Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year. Each coach may nominate one player from their team for Offensive POTY, Defensive POTY and Newcomer of the Year. The Newcomer of the Year will be a player in his or her first year of collegiate soccer. Coaches will email their vote for Coach of the Year to the conference office. A. Coaches must fill out ballot completely at every position. No exceptions. Failure to do so could results in loss of all-conference awards.

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Every week along with conference statistics, there will be a Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week selected. Nominations for Player-of-the-Week should be submitted to the conference office by 1:00 p.m. (EST) each Monday during the season. The conference office will name Players-of-the-Week each for men and women.

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An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the end of the SAA regular season. Each men’s and each women’s team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-SAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

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Coaches are required to vote for All-Region and All-America awards (Note: Coaches must be a member of United Soccer Coaches to vote for these awards.) Per current United Soccer Coaches guidelines, coaches are prohibited from soliciting votes for any student athlete for All-Region and/or All-America.

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I. Conference Championship and Regular-Season Format 1.

The conference champion in volleyball receives an automatic bid to the Division III championship and is determined by a postseason conference tournament. Match format will be conducted under NCAA, NAGWS and USVBA rules and consist of a three-out-of-five rally scoring format to 25 points in Games 1 through 4 and rally scoring to 15 points in the deciding Game 5.

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The SAA will play a double round robin regular season schedule. Seeding for the tournament and Commissioner’s Cup points will be awarded from the results of the regular season schedule.

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The Conference tournament format will be a single elimination bracket for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Quarterfinals are played on Friday, semifinals on Saturday, and the championship match on Sunday.

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The host institution shall also provide necessary court help, a three ball-shagger system (two ball-shaggers in addition to two linespersons) and music (if available) for SAA contests.

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It is encouraged for the host school to live webcast all tournament matches. It is required that the championship match be webcasted live.

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The Molten IV58L-N Super Touch NCAA volleyball is the official volleyball of the conference and will be used for all conference matches. A minimum of 15 practice balls must be provided for each match.

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All members of a team must wear identical school uniforms including warm-up uniforms.

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The following warm-up format will be used for all conference matches: Game Clock Actual Time Activity :60-:19 court available – shared warm-up :30 -------------- Coin toss :19-:15 Visiting team court :15-:11 Home team court :11-:06 Visiting team court :06-:01 Home team court :01 1 minute Team huddle / announcements :00 --------------- National Anthem / player intros Begin match

9. Game court availability for regular season matches should be uniform across the SAA. Game courts must be made available at least two hours prior to match start time to accommodate the home team’s serve and pass from two hours to one and one half hours before the match and the visiting teams serve and pass from one and one-half hour before the match until one hour before the match. Both teams should have sole access to the court during these periods. II. Regular-Season Scheduling

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Each team will play a double round-robin format using a travel partner format. Travel partners are as follows: BSC/Millsaps Sewanee/Centre Rhodes/Hendrix Oglethorpe/Berry

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Final regular season standings will used to seed for the conference championship tournament. The SAA Championship Tournament will be held at the highest seed.

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Hosts for conference tournaments must have a minimum of two regulation courts.

III. Regular-Season Tie-Breaker 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Match record - total competition vs. conference opponents Match results - head-to-head competition against tied teams Set record - head-to-head competition against tied teams (sets won/sets played) Set record - total competition vs. conference opponents (total sets won/total sets played) Point differential of matches against tied teams Total point differential vs. all conference opponents Flip of a coin

IV. Officials 1.

Host schools will provide two officials, two linespersons and two scorekeepers per court. Linespersons and scorekeepers should be experienced in calling volleyball matches and schools should arrange for a training session prior to the start of the season. Scorekeepers should view a scorekeeping video prior to working any conference match. Team scorekeepers should be a non-team member designated as the official scorekeeper for each team. Home team is mandated to provide statistical support for all home contests and provide those statistics to the visiting SID and conference office within 3 hours.

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It is required that first and second referees have a minimum of state NAGWS certification, USAV certification or PAVO certification for all conference competition.

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For all conference matches, it is recommended that linesmen and scorekeepers be non-students and PAVO certified or any other recognized volleyball national certification (USAV, NFHS, etc.).

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A committee consisting of the host school’s SWA, or designee, and match official will rule on protests made no later than 10 minutes after the conclusion of the match. Each school shall assign an on-site tournament director for conference competition and this person should be visible and available at all sites during the competition. This person’s name and contact information should be included in the pre-tournament packet sent to schools.

V. Ejections A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the

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P a g e | 37 commissioner on any such rulings involving potential suspensions of student athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics. VI. Travel Squad Size Travel squad size is limited to the NCAA maximum plus 10% rounded up for regular season and conference championship games. Games that do not require an overnight stay or that are played during institutional breaks are waived from this limitation. VII. Scouting 1.

Coaches are allowed to scout opponents during on-site competition when two or more conference teams are participating. This includes regular-season and postseason conference tournaments and any other tournament in which conference teams are present. Travel to scout conference opponents is still prohibited. Videotaping of other conference teams is prohibited.

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Conference members may not provide information about conference teams to conference or non-conference members.

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Home team must video from endline in such a way that you can see the entire court and can see the ball in the frame at all times.

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Schools must upload all matches to the film exchange site that is shared with all conference opponents within 48 hours of the match being completed.

VIII. Coaches Meeting The Volleyball Council will meet annually during the AVCA convention if all coaches are present to make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council for changes in these policies. If all coaches are not present, then the meeting will take place during the spring via conference call. The meeting will be conducted by the chair of the Volleyball Council. All coaches are encouraged to be members of the AVCA. IX. Awards a.

The conference office will provide a championship trophy to the conference champion.

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The conference office will administer the selection process for the All-Conference Teams, the Players of the Year and the Coach of the Year.

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The following selection process will be used for all-conference selection: A. The online nomination process for All-SAA opens at 6:00 p.m. (EST) the Sunday of the final regular season contests and will remain open until 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday. Coaches voting will be conducted on-line from Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (EST) until Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) the week prior to the conference tournament. B. Coaches should only nominate athletes who they feel are worthy candidates of AllConference consideration but there is no limit of nominations per school.

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P a g e | 38 C. The final ballot will include: Player of the Year Newcomer of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Coach of the Year First Team All-SAA (nine positions) Second Team All-SAA (nine positions) Honorable Mention (all who received at least two votes) D. The format for voting will be: Each coach will vote, ranking 18 players total (18 points for the top player down to one for the last spot on the second team). E. A coach may not vote for a player from her/his own team or herself/ himself. If there is a tie for the last spot on the second team, then both players who tie for the final spot will both be named Second Team AllConference. Each coach should rank their top 9 from the following positions: 3 OH / RS, 2 MB, 1 S, 1 Libero and 2 at-large. The second team will be voted on and decided using the same format. The SAA office will then fill out both first team and second team based on the positions above and then take the next two highest point recipients as the at-large selections. Honorable Mention will be all vote getters receiving at least two votes. There will be separate ballots to determine Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Each coach may nominate one player from their squad for each of those awards. To qualify for the Newcomer award, a candidate must either be a freshman or a transfer competing in their first year. The Coach of the Year vote will be conducted via email between the coaches and the conference office. Coaches will conduct a conference call to discuss nominations prior to the All-Conference voting. F. The recognition of the SAA All-Conference Athletes occurs in the morning prior to the first match of the first day of SAA Tournament at the host school. The format of the recognition shall be determined by the host school. G. An All-Tournament team will be selected during the post-season conference championship tournament and coordinated by the SIDs. The team will be comprised of six players in addition to a most valuable player and will be selected in the following manner: Each coach from the third and fourth-place teams will nominate one player each for inclusion on the All-Tournament team. The first and second place team will nominate two players each for the All-Tournament team. The first-place team will also nominate the tournament MVP. The coaches should communicate with the host institution’s SID to make sure the All-Tournament Team selections are sent to the conference office. H. An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the end of the SAA regular season. The team will elect one member from their squad who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the AllSAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

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A weekly “Offensive Player of the Week” and “Defensive Player of the Week” will be nominated by coaches and subsequently selected by the coaches via email voting. Nominations should be sent via email to the conference office by 1:00 p.m. (EST) each Monday. The conference office will compile the nominations and return the ballot via email for immediate voting. Coaches are expected to cast their votes for Player of the Week by 3:30 p.m. (EST) each Monday. As soon as a consensus has been reached though the coaches voting, the conference office will announce the weekly winners.

X. In-Game Statistics 1. All SAA host institutions will provide statistics to both teams in-between each set of the match.

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I. Conference Regular-Season Format 1.

The conference champion will be determined by a postseason conference tournament featuring all eight teams (seeded by regular season play) for men and women.

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Regular season play will consist of a double round-robin format using the designated travel partners set by the Conference. Travel partners will be: Berry/Oglethorpe Centre/Sewanee Birmingham Southern/Millsaps Hendrix/Rhodes

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The conference champion will be determined by the winner of the postseason tournament and the champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA championship.

4.

If a tie occurs in the final standings, the following tie-breaker system will be used to determine the participants in the conference tournament: A. Best record in head-to-head competition between the tied teams. B. Record against top teams in descending order. If two teams are tied in the standings, the record vs. combined teams will be used, not the seed. C. Home wins in descending order. D. Toss of a coin by the commissioner. E. If three or more teams are tied, the head to head records within the group will be compiled and ties will be broken by the rank order of the head to head results. If the tied teams finish with the same composite record, the method of working down through the remaining teams (third place, fourth-place, etc.) until one team has a better record is used. Then follow the criteria listed above. Once one school has been pulled out, revert back to head-to-head. F. In case of multiple ties through the standings (e.g., tie for first and tie for fourth), the highest tie is broken first and lower tie is broken second.

5.

All contests shall be conducted under current NCAA rules.

II. Regular-Season Scheduling and Contest Regulations 1.

The conference schedule shall be conducted over the final nine weekends of the regular season, with the exception of travel partner contests.

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Each school will determine the order of play, with the default being the women play first, and the men playing second in all conference games. Game times will be 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. local time on Friday and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, unless changes are made to game times to accommodate visiting teams’ travel schedules. Visiting schools may request to change the game times to Noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, but any change must be agreed upon by all participating institutions. Teams may propose giving each school the right to play Saturday

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The following timetable must be used for all conference games during the regular season: -

Start clock at 30 minutes for pregame. The 30-minute pregame period should conclude with at least five minutes of actual time remaining prior to tipoff to allow for the National Anthem (when applicable). Example – At 5:25 p.m., begin 30-minute pregame clock to end at 5:55 p.m., then play National Anthem and introduce starting lineups. Game begins at 6:00 p.m.

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Play or sing the National Anthem before the first game only when double-headers are played or before the first game of the conference tournament. This should be done immediately before the starting lineups are introduced.

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Visiting team and coaches introduced first, home team and coaches second.

4.

Any conference games canceled due to weather or some unavoidable circumstance should be rescheduled. Travel conflicts due to weather will not affect a travel partner’s schedule. The athletics directors, in consultation with the SAA Commissioner, will handle arrangements and decisions concerning play or postponement of games.

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The home team will wear the white or light-colored home uniform on Fridays and the dark/away uniform on Saturdays or Sundays. Therefore, the visiting team should bring both sets of uniforms for each road trip. Each visiting team should check with the home team prior to every game to ensure a mix up does not occur.

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The host team shall provide practice and game balls. At least six practice balls shall be provided and they shall be the Wilson Solution for men and women. It is required that conference members use the Wilson Solution basketballs in all conference games. The host school must provide for practice time and balls for the visiting team on the day prior to the scheduled contest. However, the visiting team must confirm any arrangements with the host institution by a reasonable time.

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In the spirit of cooperation, the home team will provide time set aside for the visiting team to practice – Friday morning shoot-around, Saturday morning shoot around or Sunday morning shoot-around.

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All schools will provide media timeouts for men’s or women’s basketball games. The media timeouts will be standardized for all contests under the NCAA’s recommended full complement and as are used in NCAA Tournament play as outlined in the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Rules Book. There will be media timeouts in SAA Tournament contests.

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Each school should secure officials through the SAA Coordinator of Officials. Three officials will work all games.

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Coaches will use the referee rating system provided by the Coordinator of Officials. Any issues with officials should be reported to the conference office and/or the applicable officials Coordinator.

3.

Conference schools will be responsible for paying the officials and coordinators for all conference and non-conference games.

4.

The SAA, in consultation with the Coordinators, will use the conference’s regulations on game management and crowd control for men’s and women’s basketball.

5.

If a player is ejected from a game and the official does not inform the official scorekeeper on the exact nature of the ejection, the official scorekeeper shall have the official timer sound the scoreboard horn and determine with the official the exact reason for the ejection. This shall be done before play resumes. The official scorekeeper shall record all ejections and explicit reasons for the ejections in the official scorebook and final box score. Both head coaches shall be notified by the official of the exact nature of the ejection prior to the continuation of play.

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The sports information director or person in charge of the scorer’s table must ensure that the final box score indicates the technical foul, subsequent ejection and reason for the ejection. Any player or coach ejected from the game shall be completely removed from the playing court and not be involved in the game. He or she shall remain in a closed locker room away from the court, or leave the arena. No contact with other team members shall be allowed to relay instructions pertaining to the game.

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A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the commissioner on any such rulings involving potential suspensions of student-athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics

IV. Travel Squad Size Travel squad size is limited to the NCAA maximum plus 10% rounded up for regular season and conference championship games. Games that do not require an overnight stay or that are played during institutional breaks are waived from this limitation. V. Scouting 1.

Conference members may not provide information on conference teams to conference or non-conference members.

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There will be a videotape exchange through Synergy in lieu of scouting.

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SAA members will have unlimited access to all games played by conference members through Synergy. Home teams are responsible for the uploading of all conference games and all weekend conference games should be uploaded and accessible by Monday at 2:00 p.m. (EST). All SAA games from the most recent weekend will be blocked from view (by Synergy) until Monday at 2:00 p.m. (EST). Nonconference games shall be uploaded by the participating conference team within 48 hours of completion of the game. The following must be shown on all films as part of the exchange policy: § § § §

4.

Starting lineups. Visual quality to ensure that jersey numbers and colors can be seen at all times. Scoreboard filming during timeouts and before free throws. Sound should be included.

The home team is responsible for filming each conference game and may provide the visiting team on a jump drive with at least 16gb of memory. DVDs will not be accepted. Visiting opponents will provide jump drives to host in the event that they would like copy of film same day as opposed to waiting for synergy release. Film must also be upload to the Synergy website by midnight of the date the teams played. Road non-conference games should be uploaded within 24 hours of the time the team arrives back home. Failure to comply with film uploading policy will result in a 1st time grace period for offenders and a 2nd offense would result in that program’s Synergy account being limited to the Video Express function only until the game is uploaded. Any instance of ‘failure to comply’ will be determined by the league office and also recorded by the league office. It is understood that there may be circumstances which affect the ability to upload that would not count as an offense of ‘failure to comply’. The league office will notify the offending program’s Athletic Director with each infraction.

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There will be no on-site scouting of conference teams by representatives of conference member schools. When participating in a tournament in which another conference member is also playing, it is permissible to be in attendance during a game in which that conference team is playing. However, no formal scouting can occur.

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The host institution will provide to the visiting team meeting space and gym time after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday for a weekend series, and also must provide access to the women’s team to the game floor at 11:00 a.m. (EST) on Sundays.

VI. Coaches Meeting All coaches will meet annually in the spring via conference call to make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council for changes in these policies. VII. Awards 1.

The conference office will provide a championship trophy to the conference tournament champion.

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The conference office will administer the selection process for All-Conference Teams, Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Defensive Player of The Year, and Coach of the Year.

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2. The online nomination process for All-SAA opens at 6:00 p.m. (EST) the Sunday of the final regular season contests and will remain open until 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday. Coaches voting will be conducted online from Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (EST) until Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) the week prior to the conference tournament. Release will go public at noon on the Monday following the completion of the SAA Tournament. 3. Each coach will nominate players with comprehensive statistics and rank his or her players in ranking order rather than alphabetically. Coaches will rank players from one through 12 with a first place vote worth 12 points, second-place worth 11, etc. Coaches may not vote for their own players on the final ballot. The All-Conference Team will consist of the 15 players with the most votes with the top five being recognized as First Team, second five as Second Team and other vote getters will be listed as Honorable Mention. Ties will not be broken. The player with the most points will be named Player ofthe-Year. On separate ballots, the Newcomer of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year will be selected through coaches voting. Each coach may nominate one player from their squad to each the Newcomer of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year ballots. To qualify for Newcomer of the Year, a student-athlete must either be a freshman or transfer playing their first year of eligibility. 4.

The Coach of the Year will be voted upon by the basketball coaches after the season and administered by the conference office. Coaches may not vote for themselves.

5.

Conference awards will be announced prior to the quarterfinals of the conference championship tournament.

6.

An All-Conference Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the SAA championship tournament. Each men’s and each women’s team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-Conference Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

VIII. Conference Post-Season Tournament 1.

The Conference Tournament will be played at the highest seed for both Men and Women. Friday - Quarterfinals 1:00 p.m. No. 1 vs. No. 8 3:00 p.m. No. 4 vs No. 5 6:00 p.m. No. 2 vs No. 7 8:00 p.m. No. 3 vs No. 6 Saturday – Semifinals 4:00 p.m. Winner of 1/8 vs Winner of 4/5 6:00 p.m. Winner of 2/7 vs Winner of 3/6

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P a g e | 45 Sunday – Finals 1:00 p.m. CST / 2:00 p.m. (EST) Championship Game [The host institution may play the 1, 3, or 4 game on opening day and the brackets will adjust accordingly with 1 and 4 always on the same side and 2 and 3 always on the same side of the bracket] 1A.

If the same institution is the highest seed for Men and Women, a high quality secondary facility must be secured for Friday games. These are the off-site recommendations in the event one school hosts both tournaments: Collegiate court length (94’) Collegiate markings (can be taped) Shot clocks Locker rooms consisting of white boards and showers Training room access Bench and Scorers’ Table area similar in size to host school Shoot-around times available Friday morning All schools should submit a proposal to host by Feb. 1 of the current season In the event that the same institution hosts both tournaments the game times would be as follows: Friday – Quarterfinals – Game times will remain the same as above, however, on even numbered years the men will play all games at the host school while the women will play games off-site. In odd numbered years, the women will play all games at the host school and the men will play offsite. (Note: The Home institution may choose to play the 1st or 2nd set of games of the day. The brackets will then be played out appropriate to the new brackets. 1 and 4 must be on the same side throughout and 2 and 3 must be on the same side throughout.) Saturday –Semifinals – All game times will remain local. Use the same start times as Friday (1pm, 3pm, 6pm, 8pm) with the gender playing at the host school on Friday playing in the first two game time slots of the day and the gender playing off-site on Friday playing in the second two game time slots. Sunday – Finals – Game times would be 12:00 p.m. (CST) / 1:00 p.m. )EST) and 2:15 p.m. (CST) / 3:15 p.m. (EST)

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There will be no scheduled practices on Thursday prior to the tournament. Shoot-arounds of 25 minutes will be scheduled beginning at 8 a.m. by the host institution for Friday prior to the quarterfinals. Additionally, practice times may be set by the host institution and conference office for Saturday and Sunday for the teams remaining in the tournament.

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The conference office will designate an assigning agency/supervisor of officials to assign officials for all games in the conference tournament. If necessary, more than one assigning agency/supervisor of officials can be used to assign officials. Any agency/supervisor of officials designated by the conference office must be certified to assign officials to the NCAA Division III Tournament. No team can have the same officials on the second day of the conference tournament as they had on the first day. No official can work more than one game per day.

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The Wilson Solution basketball is the official basketball of the conference and will be used in all tournament games.

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Game times may not be adjusted for any reason unless approved by the tournament director and conference office, in consultation with the participating teams. Therefore, pregame protocol before each game will be strictly enforced.

6.

An all-tournament team consisting of at least five players, including a Tournament MVP will be selected. The selection will be handled by the SAA Coaches, with assistance of the SAA SIDs.

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Designation of team benches and uniforms for each game will be determined by the tournament director and conference office. Higher seed wears its home uniform for all games. If seeds are equal from opposite divisions for a game, a coin flip will determine the home team and uniform. All teams, including the host school, are limited to 17 players in uniform for all tournament games. Players not a member of the 17-player active roster may sit on the team bench, but not in uniform. Players may wear a team warm-up or wind suit and sit on the team bench as long as space is available.

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The host institution will provide athletics trainers on site on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for all shoot-arounds and games.

9.

Host Institutions will provide a list of hotels to all conference schools by Monday before the tournament, but each participating team is responsible for securing its own accommodations.

10.

Host Institution will staff all games at both sites, if necessary. All games will be videotaped by staff from host institution working the games. The conference commissioner will oversee the sports information operations for the tournament.

11.

Scouting rules, including NCAA tournament rules and live scouting, will be enforced. Each game during the tournament will be taped by the host institution and available to participating teams following each game.

12.

Prior to the beginning of the competition each day, the National Anthem will be played or sung before the first game and the American flag displayed. It will be announced that this is a Southern Athletic Association event and the conference crowd control policy read before every game.

13.

Teams are permitted to use an auxiliary gym prior to the start of any game as long as that facility’s administration approves. The gym will be used as shared time and the scoreboard clock will be set at 55:00 prior to the start of each quarter or semifinal session.

14.

The following shoot-around schedule will be used. Teams are required to contact the host institution and tournament director if they are not going to utilize their scheduled practice times on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Teams may not switch scheduled shoot-around times for any reason unless approved by the tournament director and conference office. Shoot around times below are listed for a standard bracket (tourney begins with 1 vs. 8). If the host school has inverted the bracket so 1 vs. 8 is the first game of the evening session, shoot around times should be adjusted according to game times in the inverted bracket. Friday - Both Sites 8:00 a.m. 8

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Noon - Arena available for 8/1. Clock set at 55:00. 12:55 p.m. - Sound horn. Clock at 00:00. 12:56 p.m. - National Anthem (before first game each day only). 12:58 p.m.- Introduction of lower seed starting lineup and coaches. Introduction of higher seed starting lineup and coaches. 1:00 p.m. - Begin game. * - Pregame clock is set at 30:00 before remaining scheduled games and all games will utilize the full pregame clock. Teams are not allowed on the floor until the 30:00 pregame clock is set. No game will begin prior to its scheduled starting time. However, games that start later than the listed starting time will be allowed the full 30:00 pregame time. The 30:00 pregame clock will end approximately FIVE minutes prior to the published starting time. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.: Winner 8/1 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.: Winner 5/4 12:00 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.: Winner 7/2 1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.: Winner 6/3 Continue with protocol at 5:55 p.m., as listed for Friday. Sunday - Finals 9:00 a.m. Winner game 1Semifinal 9:30 a.m. Winner game 2 Semifinals 9:55 a.m. Arena cleared. 1:00 p.m. Arena available for finalists. Clock set at 55:00. 15.

Should the Conference postseason tournament be cancelled or not played to completion, the regular season top seed will be declared the SAA automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament.

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I. Conference Championship - Swimming Section 1A - Scoring and Participation 1. All conference men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete in the conference championship. 2. The team champions will be the teams with the highest point totals according to NCAA scoring procedures. Ties will not be broken. Section 1B - Location and management 1. The location will be determined at least 18 months in advance by the AD’s Council on advice of the sport council. 2. The host school should hire a meet director to handle the administrative responsibilities for the championships and it is recommended that a head diving official be selected to oversee all diving events. 3. The host institution will coordinate with the SAA office to assure that results are posted to the web after every session. Team scores will be announced and/or displayed at least three times during each finals session. 4. The host head coach will send out information to conference members at least two months prior to the championship. 5. Officials must be certified by a national governing body of swimming (CSCAA, USA Swimming, or YMCA). Four officials must be present to judge the relay takeoffs in order to ensure dual confirmation of false starts. 6. The meet director should go over the SAA rule book with meet officials and referees prior to the meet. Officials and referees should check with the committee chair on any rules that are not covered in the NCAA Swimming Rule Book or where there might be some conflict. 7. Prior to the beginning of each nightly championship session, the following protocol is recommended: -

The National Anthem will be played or sung, and the American and SAA flags displayed. It will be announced that it is a Southern Athletic Association championship.

8. Time trials can occur only before or after any session of the meet and during regularly scheduled breaks. 9. The meet committee will consist of the head meet official and the head coach (who will serve as chair) from last year’s championship. Two additional head coaches will be named immediately prior to the competition on the first day of the meet, one who will serve as an

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P a g e | 49 alternate when one of the committee coaches is directly involved with a decision. 10. All protests must be made no later than 15 minutes following the last participant to finish an event and a majority vote from the committee will rule. Section 1C - Facilities 1. The facility should be an eight-lane pool of at least 50 meters with 25 yards of competition area and additional water space of eight lanes to conduct continuous warm-up and warm-down activities. 2. It is preferred that the diving pool not be located over the competition course. Maxi-flex boards for 1- and 3-meter competition are preferred. 3. Deck seating should be for at least 350 athletes and spectator seating for 400. 4. Automatic timing system with multiple lane readout timing board and Hy-Tek meet software are necessary for hosting. 5. Seating locations for competing teams at off-campus facilities will be determined by combined order of finish in previous year’s meet. When hosted at an on-campus facility, the host institution has first choice followed by last year’s championships’ combined order of finish. Conference members are not required to meet the seating minimums in hosting the championships on-campus. Section 1D - Relays 1. All relays will swim as timed finals. 2. The top 18 relay teams will be scored (44-38-36-34-32-30-28-26-2420-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2), but only “A” relay teams can score in the final and “B” relay teams can score in the consolation. “C” relay teams and below are for exhibition only. 3. There will be an opportunity to swim relays during each prelim session as exhibition (Note: this counts as a time standard trial for NCAA qualifying purposes). 4. If nine relay teams compete in a nine-lane pool, the slowest A relay will be assigned ninth-place since no B relay can outscore it. 5. If an eight-lane pool is used, and there are more than 8 “A” relays, only the number of relays exceeding eight will be moved to the “B” heat, and seeded according to NCAA Swimming rules. 6. Judges’ decisions will be used to ensure no A relay is outscored by a B relay. 7. Relay take-off pads will be used if available at the host facility Section 1E - Entries, and Squad Size

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P a g e | 50 1. Rules regarding entries, seeding, scoring and conduct of the meet shall be consistent with the NCAA rule book and championship book guidelines and regulations. Exhibition swimmers must be declared by the scratch deadline on Wednesday, February 16 (3 p.m.), and cannot advance to the finals or score. 2. Entry deadlines will be established by the host institution and entries must be e-mailed using Hy-Tek software. 3. Coaches must declare all athletes who are exhibition or non-scoring. If the current allowable limit is 18, then the 19th athlete to compete would be declared exhibition. 4. An institution shall be allowed not more than 18 scoring competitors. 5. An entrant who swims will be counted as one competitor; an entrant who swims and dives will be counted as one competitor; and an entrant who only dives will be counted as one-third of a competitor in the total team limit. 6. Coaches may adjust “B” relay times. All times, other than “B” relay teams, must be achieved in a bona fide competition and submitted to the conference office for top-times listing. 7. Should a squad size exceed the maximum allowed using that formula and should that coach fail to declare the appropriate number of athletes exhibition by the scratch deadline, the determination of which athletes are deemed exhibition shall be based on the following: Based upon when the athletes actually compete or are scheduled to compete (in case of false starts), all athletes that have exceeded the maximum allowable squad size limit will be declared exhibition. If an athlete is entered in an event, but a false start occurs or a false start is declared, that athlete is considered to have competed in that event. If an athlete is entered and not scratched by the scratch deadline for that event but fails to compete, that is also counted as an event. Relay participation counts as an event, unless that particular relay has been declared exhibition. Any individual events that have been declared exhibition by the scratch deadline do not count as an event. Section 1F - Scratches 1. The scratch deadline will be enforced. 2. After all scratches have been administered by meet management, the entry sheet for each school will be printed and coaches will be allowed to make any corrections necessary as a result of his/her oversight or meet management’s oversight. This list will be distributed Wednesday night at the official coaches meeting. 3. The following scratch deadline will be followed. -

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Friday’s Swimming events - scratches are due 60 minutes after the conclusion of the Prelims on Thursday. Saturday’s Swimming events - scratches are due 60 minutes after the conclusion of the Prelims on Friday.

II. Conference Championship - Diving 1. All conference men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete in the conference championship. 2. The team champions will be the teams with the highest point totals according to NCAA scoring procedures. Ties will not be broken. Section 2A - Judging 1. There will be one judging panel for diving that will be comprised of five officials and no coaches. Also note Section 1B-3 recommendation to hire a diving director who may also serve as a judge. It is recommended that these officials be different than the swimming officials. Section 2B – Format 1. The men will dive 1-meter on Wednesday, the women will dive 1-meter on Thursday, the men will dive 3-meter on Friday and the women will dive 3-meter on Saturday. 2. There will be a 10-minute break each day after six rounds. 3. The top 18 divers will compete and complete their entire dive list. 4. If divers must be cut, they will be cut based on the optional list. 5. The diving order will start with the optional dive list if this format is used at the NCAA championship. Section 2C - Entries 1. Dive sheets are due for the Wednesday and Thursday diving events by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. 2. Dive sheets for the Friday diving event are due at the start of diving competition on Thursday. 3. Dive sheets for the Saturday diving event are due at the start of diving competition on Friday. 4. All student-athletes must have participated in a minimum of one swim / dive competition prior to the SAA Championships in order to be eligible. If an injury or illness interferes with this requirement, the coach of the athlete will be able to make a case in writing for that athlete to be reviewed by the Meet Committee. III. Conference Championship - Order of Events Day One – Wednesday Event No. 37: Men’s 1-Meter Diving at 8pm Event No. 23 & 24: 800 meter Freestyle Relay (Women’s B, Women’s A, Men’s B, Men’s A)

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Day Two - Thursday Event No. 1 and 2 3 and 4 5 and 6 7 and 8 9 and 10 38 Event No. 1 and 2 3 and 4 5 and 6 7 and 8 9 and 10

Preliminaries 10:30 a.m. local time 200 Freestyle Relay (optional - exhibition) (10-minute break) 500 Freestyle 200 Individual Medley 50 Freestyle (20-minute break) 400 Medley Relay (optional - exhibition) Women’s 1-Meter Diving (1:30 p.m.) *Finals 6:30 p.m. local time Men’s and Women’s 1-Meter Diving Awards 200 Freestyle Relay (10-minute break) 500 Freestyle 200 Individual Medley 50 Freestyle (20-minute break) 400 Medley Relay

*Swimming awards will be presented after immediately each event (i.e. Event 1 - Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay followed by Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay awards. Event 2 - Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay followed by Men’s 200 Freestlyle Relay awards) Day Three - Friday Event No. 11 and 12 11 and 14 15 and 16 17 and 18 19 and 20 21 and 22 39

Preliminaries 10:30 a.m. local time 200 Medley Relay (optional - exhibition) (10-minute break) 400 Individual Medley 100 Butterfly 200 Freestyle 100 Breaststroke 100 Backstroke (20-minute break) Men’s and Women’s 3-Meter Diving (1:30 p.m.)

Day Three - Friday (continued) Event No. *Finals 6:30 p.m. local time Men’s and Women’s 3-Meter Diving Awards 11 and 12 200 Medley Relay (10-minute break) 11 and 14 400 Individual Medley 15 and 16 100 Butterfly 17 and 18 200 Freestyle 19 and 20 100 Breaststroke 21 and 22 100 Backstroke (20-minute break) 23 and 24 800 Freestyle Relay (Fastest heat of each gender) *Swimming awards will be presented immediately after each event. Day Four - Saturday Event No.

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200 Backstroke 100 Freestyle 200 Breaststroke 200 Butterfly (20-minute break) 400 Freestyle Relay (optional - exhibition) 1650 Freestyle (seed times will be used and the order of swimmers seeded from fastest to slowest, alternating men’s and women’s heats) [all but fastest heat of each gender, alternating women’s and men’s heats from slowest to fastest and completed by 5:15 p.m. Beginning time to be determined after scratches have been made. Approximate time will be 4:00 p.m.]

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Women’s 3-Meter Diving (1:30 p.m.)

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*Finals 6:10 p.m. local time Senior Recognition / National Anthem Women’s 3-Meter Diving Awards 1650 Freestyle [last heat of timed finals] (10-minute break) 200 Backstroke 100 Freestyle 200 Breaststroke 200 Butterfly (20-minute break) 400 Freestyle Relay

25 and 26 27 and 28 29 and 30 31 and 32 33 and 34 35 and 36

*Swimming awards will be presented immediately after each event. Women’s and Men’s High-Point Divers-of-the-Meet Women’s and Men’s High-Point Swimmers-of-the-Meet Women’s and Men’s Coaching Staffs-of-the-Year Women’s Final Team Standings / Team Champion Men’s Final Team Standings / Team Champion IV. Team Travel 1. Teams may leave after classes on Tuesday immediately before the championships to travel as long as each conference school monitors its academic schedule and student-athletes attend classes on Tuesday. 2. Teams may not practice at the facility until Wednesday as determined by the host facility and conference office. 3. All costs and all arrangements for alternative practice sites (i.e., not the competition site since that is prohibited) lie with the traveling school, not the host school. V. Coaches meeting and leadership 1. A pre-championship coaches’ meeting will be held at a 4:00 p.m. by the host institution on Wednesday prior to the championship. Coaches’ meetings will be held approximately 60 minutes before the start of each session (preliminaries and finals) throughout the championship, and all coaches are required to attend all meetings.

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P a g e | 54 2. The coaches will also meet via conference call during the spring for their annual Council meeting to make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council for changes in these policies. Coaches also have the option of having their council meeting at their convention with those who could not attend participating via a conference call. 3. The Chair of the Swimming and Diving Council serves a one-year term. VI. Awards 1. The conference office will provide a championship trophy to each team champion. 2. The high-point swimmer for men and women will be selected by taking the individual point total and adding one point for each NCAA “B” cut and two points for each NCAA “A” cut. If there is still a tie, meet records will be used as a criteria to break the tie. Swimming relay leadoff does not count. 3. The high-point diver for men and women at the conference championships will be selected by totaling scores on both the 1- and 3-meter boards (place points) and using event points as a tiebreaker. 4. Coach of the Year for men and women will be named by a vote of the conference coaches. Each coach will vote for only one place. Coaches may not vote for their own staffs. Voting will take place on Saturday of the conference championships and recognized with the individuals awards at the conclusion of the championships. 5. The All-Conference team will consist of the top three finishers in each individual event and the top three relay teams in each event. 6. The top eight swimmers and the top relay team in each event will be recognized during the championships’ awards ceremonies as established by the Swimming and Diving Council. Awards will be handed out immediately after the conclusion of each full event (i.e. Women’s 200 IM final, awards for Women’s 200 IM, Men’s 200 IM final, awards for Men’s 200 IM). The top eight divers in each event will be recognized in awards ceremonies during the swimming finals each night. Wednesday’s divers will be recognized on Thursday. 7. A Swimmer of the Year and Diver of the Year for each gender will be determined by the high point getters for swimming and diving at the championship meet. A Newcomer of the Year for each gender will be determined by the high getter of a freshman or first year transfer at the Championship meet. 8. A Male and Female Swimmer of the Week and male and female Diver of The Week will be selected as outlined by the coaches and conference office. When submitting nominations, coaches must submit places and times for swimmers in any competition, places and total points for divers in any competition. Coaches may vote for their own athlete(s) for swimmer and diver of the week. 9. Host institutions will coordinate with the SAA office to provide for awards stand photography. 10. An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the SAA championship meet. Each men’s and each women’s team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-

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P a g e | 55 SAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season. VII. Records and Statistics 1. The conference office will maintain a list of top-20 times for each event. Coaches and/or SIDs must report all times listed as meet results, not best times, from the previous week’s competition to the conference office or their designee no later than each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. (EST). This list will also be updated after the conference championships and NCAA championships. The conference office will use the Hy-Tek team statistics manager to maintain swimming and diving times and scores on the conference website and coaches are required to submit all times and entries using Hy-Tek software. Coaches must report all times to the conference office or there designee. Any times not reported cannot be used as entry times for the conference championship. All times must be achieved in bona fide competition. 2. Coaches must post all meet results on their school’s Web site or they must send the results to all conference schools within seven days. 3. Additionally, coaches have one week to correct times on the top-time list to ensure accuracy as the season progresses. 4. All teams will be coded as follows: RHO Rhodes College; CEN - Centre College; SEW - Sewanee-U. of South; HDX - Hendrix College; BER - Berry College; BSC – Birmingham-Southern 5. Both conference “open” and “meet” records will be listed on programs, psych sheets, heat sheets and results at the championships. Lead-off swims on relays count as “meet” or “open” records and do not count towards Swimmer-of-the-Year (meet) honors. 6. The Council will keep the SAA championship meet records, which can be accomplished only at the conference championship. SAA open records, which can be accomplished by any current conference school during at any meet in school history, shall be maintained. An all-time conference record will be added, which will be a record set at any meet while the school has been and is a current conference member. This would include all years, beginning with 1999.

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I. Conference Championship 1.

The SAA tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA championship.

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Nine-inning games will be played in the conference championship tournament. The 10-run rule be used in all games with the exception of the final contest at each site used to determine our championship series finalists and at the best two out of three final championship series.

3.

Regular season standings are determined by winning percentage.

4.

The seeds will be determined by regular season play. The highest remaining seed after the first round will be the host institution for the baseball championship. For the first round of SAA play, seeds #1 and #2 will host. The first round will each be a four team double elimination format tournament with 1, 4, 5, and 8 playing at the top seed and 2, 3, 6, and 7 playing at the second seed. For tournament play, the higher seed will always be the home team in both rounds.

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The host institution must schedule and provide practice time (if requested) for each of the competing teams on the tournament playing field at least one day prior to the tournament. Following the start of the tournament, no batting practice will be allowed on the field but an alternate site or batting cages may be utilized. Regular pregame infield practice on the playing field will be allowed as part of the normal warm-up format by both teams before each game. Each team should be scheduled for infield practice prior to the game according to the format. The home team should be scheduled first for infield practice.

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The host of the conference championship will secure an extra playing field with lights in case inclement weather causes the baseball championship to become backed up and games need to be played simultaneously. If the host institution does not have a lighted field, then two fields will be used to conduct the tournament.

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At least 3 1/2 hours shall be allowed in the schedule between starting times for tournament games.

8.

The Rawlings FSR1NCAA is the official baseball of the conference and should be used for all SAA play.

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A rules interpretation committee will be formed and comprised of the host school’s primary athletics administrator (or designee), the umpire-in-chief and one baseball coach. At least two of these individuals will attend all times. Three-person umpire crews will work all conference tournament games for all rounds of play. The host institution is responsible for the cost of the umpires for all games. A committee to make decisions and adjustments for the conference championship tournament will be comprised of the commissioner, current Baseball Council chair and the previous chair.

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All games will be conducted according to NCAA rules. The halted game rule will be utilized in the conference championship as outlined in the NCAA Baseball Rules Book. If Day 1 is rained out, the tournament will begin on Day 2 and proceed as planned. If the entire tournament is rained out, the rules committee will meet to decide upon the best representative of the conference for the NCAA championship.

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Teams must have mandatory home and away uniforms for the championship.

12. Travel rosters for all SAA tournament games for all teams are standardized to the NCAA allowable, plus 10%, rounded up II. Regular-Season Scheduling and Contest Regulations 1.

The regular season series between schools are played in a round robin format. Games will be a doubleheader on Saturday (9-7 innings) and a single game on Sunday. If either game or both games on Saturday are rained out a 9-7 doubleheader will be played on Sunday, if possible. Teams can agree, with approval from the conference office to play a Friday single game/Saturday doubleheader (9-7) to accommodate class issues or religious holidays. The standard series schedule will be Sat/Sun unless ADs from both institutions agree to a modification of Friday/Saturday. Both must agree and the SAA Office must approve. Sunday contests must start at noon for travel reasons unless the 2 schools and ADs agree on a different time.

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In case of inclement weather, teams will utilize every opportunity to play the games and have equipment and supply available to ready the field for play. The SAA does not permit a team to return to the original site to make up a game lost to inclement weather. Once the team has travelled to a conference site during regular season play, there will be no return trips to make up games for inclement weather. The halted game rule will be utilized for all regular-season games as outlined in the NCAA Baseball Rules Book. However, should a halted game be an official game and not be continued the next day due to weather, the team leading the game will be credited with the win. Teams are required to have the following: Ă˜ A full infield tarp to cover the entire infield. Ă˜ Fields must be fully enclosed by fences with the proper usage of foul poles, etc.

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To determine standings in case of a tie, the following guidelines shall be used in this order: Regular season standings are determined by winning percentage first. A. Head-to-head record during the conference series between the two teams that are tied. If more than two teams are tied, use the tiebreaking procedure detailed in B below. B. Record vs. highest seeded team in the conference continuing in a descending manner until tie is broken. If three teams are tied, we use the same procedure until one team is pulled out, then we return to head to head first, before using any other tie-breaker. C. Coin flip by the commissioner.

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The SAA schedule will be organized by the baseball chair and approved by the Commissioner in the fall each year for the season that would begin in the spring of the following year. (Approximately 15 months).

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The 10-run rule will be used in every game, except the tournament as described above.

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For regular season conference contests, home teams may dress and play as many players as they desire. 8. Standardized Batting Practice Times for all Regular Season SAA Games (Any change in the visiting team(s) times should be communicated and agreed upon with the visiting coach.) 1:00 p.m. game: 10:55 – 11:35 11:35 – 12:15 12:20 – 12:30 12:30 – 12:40 12:40 – 1:00 1:00

Home team BP Visiting team BP Home In & Out Visiting In & Out Field Maintenance, umpire meeting and national anthem First pitch

This is an example of the standard BP times, everyone should adjust depending on game time. III. Inclement Weather Protocol: 1.

If both sites are not available to play at all, the SAA tournament winner will be the SAA Regular season champion. If only one site is available to play, then the winner of the site will play the highest seed from the regular season in the tournament that did not get to play.

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If day one is started, but cannot be completed during the tournament, then #1 still applies.

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If day one can be completed, then the winner of the tournament will be the highest seeded team that is undefeated.

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If day two is completed, then the tournament winner will be the highest seeded team still undefeated.

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If only one game can be played on day three, then the tournament champion will be the highest seeded team still in the tournament.

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If the tournament has to be played in one day, then the tournament becomes a single elimination tournament.

III. Officials Umpires will be assigned by the home team for all conference games and series. Umpires shall be approved for intercollegiate contests by a recognized assigning agency. Two-person umpiring crews will be used for all regular season conference series. IV. Ejections A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the commissioner on any such rulings

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P a g e | 59 involving potential suspensions of student-athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics (See page 61). V. Travel Squad Size Teams are permitted to travel to away games that don’t require an overnight stay or during break periods with an unlimited travel squad. The council wishes, for the sake of competitive equity to restrict the eligible roster size to the standard of NCAA allowable, plus 10%, rounded up as the permissible competition size. VI. Scouting There will be no on-site scouting of conference teams by representatives of conference member schools. When participating in a tournament in which another conference member is also playing, it is permissible to be in attendance during a game in which that conference team is playing. However, no formal scouting can occur. Scouting is permissible at the conference championship tournament. Conference members may not provide information on conference teams to nonconference members. VII. Coaches Meeting All coaches will meet annually via conference call to make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council for changes in these policies. VIII. Awards 1.

The conference office will provide a championship trophy to the winner of the conference tournament. The conference office will administer the selection of all-conference teams and awards.

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There will be an All-Conference First Team and Second Team selected. Each team is comprised of the following: One first baseman One second baseman One shortstop One third baseman three outfielders one designated hitter three pitchers one relief pitcher one catcher one utility player Players will be grouped on the ballot by position and coaches will rank players within each positional category. The top vote getters among the infielder positions will be placed on the First Team with the next highest vote getter at each position making the Second Team. The top three outfielders will make the First Team and the next three the Second Team. The top designated hitter will be placed on the First Team with the second vote-getter making the Second Team. The top catcher will make the First Team and the next will be placed on the Second Team. The highest point-totaling pitcher will be named Pitcher of the Year.

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Any players nominated and receiving any votes or points in the selection process will be named honorable mention. Each school will also be allowed to move one player up from either Honorable Mention to the Second Team. These players will be included in addition to the actual players voted on to the team. The conference office will notify each coach of any member of his team who is selected to one of the All-Conference teams and then let the coach pick which player to promote.

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Coaches may not vote for themselves or their own players on the final ballot.

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The on-line nomination process for All-SAA opens at 6:00 p.m. (EST) the Sunday after opening round tournaments of the SAA Championship and will remain open until 8am EST on Tuesday. Coaches voting will be conducted on-line from Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (EST) until Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) the week prior to the conference tournament. The conference office will compile the SAA All-Conference Baseball Team (including each coach’s automatic promotion of one player up from Honorable Mention to the Second Team or up from the Second Team to the First Team) and the team will be announced by the host institutions on the first night (Friday) of the conference baseball tournament.

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During the regular season, the conference office will select a Player and a Pitcher of the Week each Monday. Nominations are due to the conference office by Monday at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and the results will be publicized on the conference website.

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An All-Tournament Team will be selected at the conference championship tournament by the four head coaches participating and the host school’s head coach (if the host school is not participating). The host SID can assist the coaches in assembling the team of one player at each position and two pitchers. The coaches should work with the host SID to ensure the team is formed and the conference office is alerted so the Team can be announced on the SAA website.

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An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the end of the SAA regular season. Each team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the SAA All-Conference Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

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I. Conference Championship - General Overview 1.

All conference Men’s and Women’s golf teams will meet for the SAA Golf Championship to compete for the conference championship during the last full weekend of April.

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The conference Men’s and Women’s golf tournaments will be 54 holes played over three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) with 18 holes attempted each day - with allowances for more or less holes per day based on weather. The Games Committee will take into account Sunday night travel distances home when setting the Sunday tee times.

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Men’s SAA Conference Championship - six-person teams with the best four scores will be counted and scored for each round. For the Women’s Championship - six players may play, but a team must declare which five players will count prior to the first tee. Teams must have at least four golfers to count a team score. To receive the conference AQ, you must meet the NCAA minimum standards. If the winning team does not meet that standard, the second-place team will receive the conference AQ. a) The NCAA currently allows Women’s golf teams to play six---declare which five they are scoring before the event—and count four of those five. The only format the NCAA currently recognizes for scoring Women’s NCAA Golf is 5-4. We will allow teams to bring six women and declare their five on paper at the Thursday night coaches meeting and make known to all who the sixth player is. If a change is made after the coaches meeting, but before the team’s initial player tees off the next morning/afternoon, due to illness, injury or circumstances necessitating that late change must be documented by the three person SAA Games Committee. Once play has begun the sixth player will be indicated by the Games Committee on the scoreboard and in the Golfstat lineup as an individual for the women. b) The NCAA rule allows for line-up changes right up until the first player on your team takes a swing to start play of your team. It is recommended that the player not counting in the lineup for the tournament be listed in the six spot on the scoreboard but it is NOT required. In case of an injury or a late illness before the first round it may not be possible to use the sixth slot on the scoreboard. c) There are no qualifying scores for SAA golf with regards to the number 1-5 competitors. In regard to the 6th player there will be parameters placed on that position. In order to bring a number six competitor that player has to have competed in a minimum of six rounds during the fall and/or spring season and have a Golfstat documented scoring average of 110 or lower in at least five rounds in order to play in the six position. We are committed to growing the game of women’s golf in the SAA but not at the expense of wearing out our welcome with the host courses. d) When a scoring tent or table is unavailable for every group (at the conclusion of a shotgun start), scorecards are not official until they are gathered and turned in by the coach to the tournament director/Golfstat inputter, or such an official. The scoring area for a shotgun finish will be designated by the Games Committee.

4. A.

The Games Committee will establish parameters calculated based on travel distance, daylight, weather forecast, etc. in establishing and adjusting tee times to accommodate delays. The Games Committee will make daily decisions on the number of holes attempted to be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday to ensure

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The established “start time” is a sliding scale that can be adjusted to accommodate the number of holes needed to finish 54 holes, 45 holes, 36 holes or 27 holes for the men’s field. The start time will be set on or before Thursday night at the coaches meeting for the championships each year. It will be reevaluated daily throughout the tournament weekend.

C.

In the women’s SAA Championship, the NCAA mandates completing rounds in sets of 18 hole increments. It is conceivable on a Sunday the men would start a final 9-hole push for a total of either 27 or 45 holes while the women may finish just 18 or 36 holes if daylight only allows for less than a full 18.

D.

The SAA Games Committee may meet via phone/email before the event for championships discussion. The committee should meet as often as needed throughout the extent of the Championship to address any issues with weather or other delays.

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Contestants, including the designated coach, are recommended to wear uniforms of the same color during competition or practice at the SAA Championship. Walking or Bermuda shorts are permitted, provided they are team shorts and are of the same color. Slacks or shorts may be worn at the individual’s discretion, provided they are of the same color and are considered the team uniform. If a student-athlete wears headgear during competition, it must display only an institutional, conference or NCAA logo, or no logo. If there is no logo, a coach’s or team members’ headgear must be of an institutional color. A manufacturer’s logo may appear on the side or back of the item as long as it conforms to NCAA Bylaw 12.5.3. In the best interest of intercollegiate golf and the championships, participants must wear appropriate golf attire at the tournament site. Please refer to the host institution’s pretournament mailing for the definition of appropriate attire at the golf course.

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The host institutions will notify all conference golf coaches by November 1 of each year on all tournament specifics and logistics. To qualify for NCAA standards, the Women’s yardage must be at least 5,800 yards. The recommended yardage for Men is a minimum of 6,500 yards for a par 72 to around 7,000 yards.

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The host coach, host course and the Games Committee will assign practice round times using arrival time information collected several weeks in advance.

8.

First-round pairings will be drawn by the tournament Games Committee / Host Institution based upon the head-to-head rankings from Golfstat on the Wednesday the week prior to the championship. The three highest ranked teams on Golfstat will play last on the day one. Second-round pairings will be based upon first-round results with the highest individual scores playing first and lowest individual scores playing last. No playing group will include more than one player from each team in either round if at all possible. A shotgun start may be implemented on any day to accommodate potential weather delays or travel schedules. The Men’s or Women’s Games Committee may elect to alter the pairings as they see fit for pace of play. Ties for teams’ pairing positions will be broken by the fifth score after Day One and the twoday totals of the dropped scores for the Championship. If still tied, fourth score is used descending down to number one.

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When available, a scoreboard will be used to record all team and individual scores as rounds are completed. Results will be calculated and forwarded to all coaches and SIDs using Golfstat.

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All eight SAA member institutions will be responsible for splitting equally all fees associated with the tournament. Primarily the golf course and driving range fees will be the bulk of the shared expense. Any ancillary fees associated directly with the tournament would be included. (i.e., rules officials, scoring and scoreboard personnel, Golfstat operator.) Volunteers are encouraged whenever possible at SAA Championship events.

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Carts or caddies may not be used by participants in the SAA Championships, unless required by the course and approved in advance by the SAA Tournament Committee. Golf carts will be provided for members of the committee, selected tournament officials, rules officials and coaches. The only exception to these policies would be if the participant is permanently disabled. Then written approval from the NCAA Golf Committee must be submitted to the SAA Conference Games Committee requesting the use of an electric golf cart two weeks prior to the start of the championships. A. Pull Carts for competitors in Women’s and Men’s NCAA golf have been approved for play for regular season, SAA Championship and NCAA play. It is up to the institution to secure the non-motorized push / pull cart. B. Spectator carts have been approved for ALL spectators at SAA Championships. The host club and the host institution may set the price at their discretion. The host course has the final say on carts for spectators on a daily basis at their discretion.

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Unsportsmanlike Conduct (i.e. profanity, club tossing or throwing, willful acts of defacing the golf course.). In addition to the following policies, coaches, administrators and student-athletes shall be subject to the misconduct policies described in the Division III General Section and Bylaws 31.02.3, and 31.1.8 through 31.1.9. During the round, defined as from the time the player makes his first stroke until the scorecard is submitted in the box, for the first offense of any act of unsportsmanlike conduct (i.e., willful acts of defacing the golf course, club throwing or breaking, abusive language, violation of the tobacco policy, or any acts contrary to the spirit of the rules of golf) during the championships, the student-athlete and coach will be notified immediately on the golf course and provided a warning. The offending institution’s director of athletics could receive a letter from the SAA informing the institution that one of its student-athletes had been warned for unsportsmanlike conduct during the championships. The second offense of unsportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification for that round and any further unsportsmanlike conducts will result in disqualification for the championships. However, the committee shall have the right, without warning, to disqualify an individual for that round (or championships) for any flagrant act of unsportsmanlike conduct. Notwithstanding any penalty assessed during the round, the golf committee may impose other penalties that it deems appropriate pursuant to Bylaw 31.1.9.1 as described in the Division III General Section. A. Any player disqualified or withdrawing from any round will not be allowed to count his or her individual score towards his or her team’s score for that round. If a major breach of the rules occurs the Games Committee and Rules Committee may disqualify at their discretion. The tournament Rules Committee will address further participation. If the player were allowed to continue, the player’s subsequent rounds would be allowed to count towards his or her team daily score

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Per NCAA Bylaw 17.29, member institutions shall conduct all of their intercollegiate competition in accordance with the playing rules of the Association in all sports for which the NCAA develops playing rules. For those sports in which the Association follows rules that are developed by other governing bodies and modified by the governing sports committee, the adopted playing rules shall be used. The governing sports committee will not consider any results for selection purposes that are not played in accordance with NCAA rules, or those rules adopted by an outside organization. The NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships shall be conducted

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P a g e | 64 according to the USGA Rules of Golf with the exceptions listed below. Rules of Golf decisions shall be final and cannot be appealed. The NCAA rule sheet shall be used during the championships. Advice – In accordance with the Note to Rule 8 of the Rules of Golf, each team may appoint two coaches, whom may give advice to members of that team provided that: a. A designated coach is defined as a member of the institutions coaching staff and is a recognized member as by institution’s athletic department and/or an employee of the institution to perform coaching duties and who serves in that capacity on a volunteer or paid basis; and b. Must be identified to the committee before giving advice; and c. Must wear the identification band, when provided. Note: Such person is considered an outside agency and not part of his player’s side. They should give advice in a private manner that does not unduly delay play. They should give advice to, and receive advice from, only competing members of their team and not from any other representative of their team, any other team’s players or coaches or any other outside agencies. If, during a stipulated round, such person does not act in accordance with the Note to this Condition, his appointment is subject to revocation and he would be required to leave the course for the remainder of the round. D. Prior to each round the head coach for the Women’s and Men’s team(s) from each institution must submit to the Tournament Director/host the name(s) of designated coaches for each respective team. A maximum of two coaches may be listed and utilized as “designated coaches” and there may not be any substitutions of coaches during a round. The Tournament Director/host will be given a designated wristband to wear during the round. It is permissible for a coach to be listed as a “designated coach” for their women’s and men’s teams and to move back and forth between their teams and offer advice. This coach will wear two wristbands to identify they are coach both teams. It is permissible to change the name(s) of who are the “designated coaches” from round to round. - But not during a round. E. A maximum of two carts per institution for schools sponsoring two teams. Fans, parents, or players (acting as fans) cannot drive a “coach cart.” A coach is not considered part of the player’s side and therefore is not directly subject to the Rules of Golf; nevertheless, there are certain actions that a coach could take that might result in a penalty — e.g., if a coach’s actions were sanctioned tacitly or otherwise by the player, he might be penalized. Some examples of actions by his coach that could result in a penalty to the player would be: improving a line of play; moving loose impediments or obstructions in violation of the Rules; disregard for the provisions of Rule 14-2, assistance and violation of putting green and flagstick restrictions. Responsibilities of a competitor in this regard are supported by Decisions 13-2/4, 13-2/33 and 13-2/36 of the Decisions on the Rules of Golf. In the best interest of the competition, and in an effort to minimize any difficult situations, the golf committee trusts that all competitors, coaches and officials respect the principle of obeisance to the Rules, proper conduct and fair play in the spirit of the game. At the championships, the two designated coaches must be recognized institutional representatives. Neither of the two designated coaches may be a current student-athlete or a parent who is not also employed by the institution. A single cart will be assigned to each institution’s designated coaches and individuals during practice and competition rounds. The cart is to be used by the designated coaches only and should not be used to transport spectators, team personnel, athletics administrators, student-athletes, golf clubs or golf bags during competition rounds. Institutions will be responsible for the expense of a second coach if they choose to send one to the championship.

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Electronic measuring devices calculating distance and slope are permitted for use during the practice rounds. During the competitive rounds, devices that measure other variables are permissible and long as the slope feature is turned off.

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Cell phone usage. Coaches may use cell phones. Players may use cell phones for calls in dangerous situations when their group needs immediate assistance. They can call a coach, the clubhouse, a rules official, etc to report a dangerous situation with an animal, lightning, damage to the course, etc. The advent of “live player entry scoring” now has the players (one in each group) with their phones in their hands for a few seconds after each hole. There is no texting, social media, personal calls or any general abuse of the privilege of entering scores allowed for the live scoring tournament enhancement for our SAA Championship. During the SAA Tournament the First Offense: Warning; 2nd offense: 2 stroke penalty. A third offense would result in a DQ from that round and any subsequent rounds as well.

II. Conference Championship - Procedures for Delays In women’s SAA golf championship only: 1.

If a hole-by-hole playoff is not possible, a tie for the overall team championship will be resolved by a match of scorecards. The overall team champion will be determined on the basis of the best total team score (using only the scorecards from the four scores that count as a part of the “daily team score”) for the last nine holes played during the final round of the competition. If the tying teams have the same score for the last nine holes played, the winner will be determined on the basis of the best total score for the last six holes played. If the tying teams have the same score for the last six holes played, the winner will be determined on the basis of the best team score for the last three holes played. If the tying teams have the same score for the last three holes played, a winner will be determined on the basis of their final hole played. If the tying teams are still tied, the tiebreaker will revert back to the first nine holes played. If the tying teams are still tied, the tiebreaker will revert back to the first six holes played. If teams are still tied, the tiebreaker will be the first three holes played. Finally, if ties have not been broken, the winner will be determined by total score on the first hole played. If the final round is played as a shotgun start. Holes 10-18 are deemed to be the last nine holes played unless otherwise noted in or before the coach’s meeting. The SAA Golf Games Committee may declare the final nine holes to be different for the Men’s and Women’s championship if it is deemed more practical. If it is not noted before the first round begins, holes 10-18 will be deemed the last nine holes. *NOTE: Make sure to designate in the Coaches Meeting the “final nine holes” for both the men’s and women’s Championships. ** Designate playoff hole order if possible in the coaches meeting. If possible the host institution, the Games Committee and the course Director of Golf should “try” to preset the playoff holes in advance at the Coaches Meeting. As coaches we are aware delays, weather, member-play behind our event can force changes to playoff holes. Depending on number of teams or players the course head professional and/or Director of Golf (or his designee) will have final say where we start our playoff hole sequence.

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Important Note: If a team or teams involved in the tie-breaker have their fourth and fifth scores tied for the final round, making it difficult to determine who would be the fourth score for the “daily team score” the procedure will be as follows. The player, in a tie, who started the final round in the lower position (closest to the number one position in the lineup), will be deemed to be the fourth score for purposes of putting together the daily team four scores. If the two or more teammates are tied from the second round, revert back to the first round and if they are still tied the committee will revert back to the original starting position before the tournament began. It is mandatory for the teams’ lineup to be reshuffled according to scores with ties amongst teammates deferring to the previous days position in the lineup. If we are unable to re-pair for the second and final rounds due to weather, daylight, etc. the fourth player will be determined by score, not the position he or she is currently paired in due to delays. If after using the eight different tie-breaker procedures after the final round, and the two or more teams are still tied, the SAA will award the NCAA Automatic Qualifier to the highest ranked team

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P a g e | 66 according to the GolfStat NCAA head-to-head rankings from the previous Wednesday morning directly before the SAA Championship weekend. III. Conference Championship - Procedures for Playoffs 1. It will be important to complete the SAA Championship on Sunday and award the AQ. Factors not limited to darkness, weather and distance to travel back to our campuses that particular year for the playoff teams all will be carefully measured by the Games Committee. 2. Tie Breaker Policy - If the tie is broken with “actual play” on the course the winner of the playoff will be the sole SAA Conference Champion and receive the SAA Conference AQ. The SAA office will award points for the All-Sports Trophy based on the results at the conclusion of the on course playoff. Points will be dispersed on the final results. If a tie has to be settled by any stage of the “non-golf” tie breaking system in place at the current SAA championship the two, or more, teams involved will both/all be declared Co-Conference champions. A second, third or more championship trophies will be provided by the SAA office to all teams tied for the championship. They will each receive full recognition as conference champions. The SAA Conference AQ will be awarded to the winner of the tie-breaker in place for the championship. * NOTE: Currently, the men and women’s event use DIFFERENT tiebreaker methods voted on in April 2014 in Atlanta. A. Non-playoff team tie breaker procedures for men: 1. Cumulative total of the non-counting scores from each playoff team’s fifth score. (The only time we default to using the sixth score is if the fifth score is unavailable) 2. Highest cumulative individual total. (Which means: the fifth highest cumulative individual total on your scoreboard) 3. Second highest cumulative individual total. (Which means: the fourth highest cumulative individual total on your scoreboard) 4. The third highest cumulative individual total. (Which means: the third……) 5. The fourth highest cumulative individual total. (Which means: the second…..) 6. The fifth highest cumulative individual total. (Which means: the lowest cumulative individual total) If still tied, the men’s champion would be decided by reverting back to the women’s SAA procedure of matching scorecards in sets of nine-six-threeone, etc. See Appendix A for format. B. Non-playoff tie breaker procedures for women The women’s coaches were concerned about injury, illness or SAA Tournament roster size making the fifth score impractical. The women are using the USGA non-playing scorecard match. The men voted in April 2014 to use the fifth score (of the six) knowing if a fifth score was unavailable due to illness, injury, WD, etc. the team would be allowed to count their sixth score against the other(s) fifth scores in a non-playoff tie-breaker – matching scorecards. 3.

If the weather cooperates for the final round, and assuming a mid-afternoon finish, plenty of time will remain to conduct a playoff to determine the conference team champion and the NCAA automatic qualifier. The player positions may not be changed for the playoff. Each group will have a marker or a rules official or a member of the Games Committee to officiate. This official may be a Conference coach not involved in the playoff

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If two teams are tied the SAA Games Committee will use the NCAA Championship approved playoff procedures and pairings. SEE APPENDIX A. The groups will play one hole at a time and settle the scores comparing the low four scores. If teams are still tied, in the same pairings and order, the next playoff hole will be started.

5.

If three or more teams are in a playoff, the teams will be spread over the appropriate number of holes to accommodate simultaneous play. After each hole scores are gathered and tabulated for the teams and a winner is declared or play continues in the same format at the next hole. SEE APPENDIX B for multi-team NCAA playoff procedures. The number one players are on 18, the number two players on 17, the number three player is on number 16, and so on…The Director of Golf at the course has the final say in holes used for the actual playoff.

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Golfstat does not recognize ties broken in playoffs for individuals. The SAA Games Committee will make every effort to complete the individual playoff for medalist and SAA Individual Tournament Medalist on the course. If time or travel restrictions or weather does not permit a playoff, Co-Tournament Medalists will be recognized. If the men or women’s SAA Player of the Year or SAA Newcomer of the Year are tied after the Championship, per 2018 decision, the tie will be broken with their Golfstat ranking. The highest ranked player according to GolfStat PRIOR to the SAA Championship shall break the tie.

IV. Officials 1.

The Games Committees will be appointed by the Men’s and Women’s Golf Councils and each committee will consist of a minimum of three coaches from member institutions, including the host institution if possible for both championships. This committee will be appointed one year in advance at the conference championships at the regular meeting of the SAA Golf Council. All golf championship decisions are to be decided by this committee, in cooperation with the Commissioner.

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A minimum of one certified tournament rules official on course per day is recommended and should be provided by the host school. If possible this head rules official should attend the coaches meeting prior to the start of competition. A Rules Committee will be created at each SAA Championship site. It is recommended that it be made up of, but not limited to, rules officials, selected coaches, host golf professionals, etc. 3. USGA Rule 6-7 states, in part: “The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the committee may establish “and there after prescribes penalties for slow play. Allotted Time — When play is in groups of three, groups will be required to play at the pace of play established by the committee. 4. The type of equipment (i.e., balls, clubs) to be used shall be determined by the individual team and must be acceptable under USGA rules. The USGA one-ball rule (brand) will NOT be in effect. Golf bags should have the name or logo of the school on them. Players and coaches will be required to use nonmetal spiked shoes during SAA championships competition.

V. Travel Squad Size 1.

Travel squad size is limited to six players in uniform. Selected institutions may use playing markers to balance the pairings and even the field.

VI. Coaches Meeting 1.

All Men’s and Women’s coaches will meet annually at the SAA Golf Championships to make recommendations to the conference for changes in

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P a g e | 68 policies. Men’s and Women’s coaches are encouraged to meet separately to discuss matters pertaining to their respective championship. Then both groups will meet in a combined meeting. Every effort will be made to conduct the coaches meetings prior to the beginning of each championship. It is recommended to be held on the Thursday, the practice round day. VII. Awards 1.

The conference office will provide championship trophies to the championship teams and an individual plaque for both the Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year, Coaches of the Year and Newcomers of the Year.

2.

If the championships are completely cancelled due to weather, the Pre-Tournament Golf Committee will select golfers to an All-Conference team, based largely on GolfStat performance. A First Team made up of five players, a Second Team made up of five players and an Honorable Mention Team of five players would be selected.

3.

The medalist of the conference championship will be declared Tournament Individual Medalist. If there is a tie between two or more players, and a sudden death playoff is not played, the tied players will be declared Co-Tournament Individual Medalists. A.

In addition, a SAA Pre-Tournament Team is selected by the three-member SAA Pre-Tournament All-Conference Committee. If any of those players do not finish within the top 10 and ties, they will be named either First Team or Second Team at the post round awards ceremony. The pre-tournament players are ranked according to their GolfStat ranking as First Team, Second Team, or Honorable Mention before the tournament begins and adjusted after the championship for the post-round awards.

B.

Commemorative SAA Conference All-Tournament flags (15 for Men and 15 for Women is recommended) and will be purchased by the host school for the awards ceremony for the All SAA All-Conference Teams.

C.

The host institution will contact Prestige Flags at 800-876-5155 or www.prestigeflag.com and re-order commemorative SAA Flags for the men and women’s: Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and the two individual medalists.

D.

If two or more players are tied for SAA Player of the Year and/or SAA Newcomer of the Year the tie will be broken by using the lowest GolfStat previous individual ranking.

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The same pre-tournament SAA All-Conference committee will also compile a list of nominees for SAA Newcomer-of-the-Year. Coaches may nominate their freshman/transfer on the same form as the pre-tournament All-Conference team nominees are made. The committee will rank the nominees for the Newcomers prior to the tournament and the committee will name the Newcomer-of-the-Year at the conclusion of the championship based on their year long performance with some emphasis on play at the conference championship, if necessary.

5.

The conference Coach-of-the-Year will be managed by the head coaches and a decision will be made pre or post Tournament. Coaches may not vote for themselves.

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An awards ceremony featuring the team champions, team orders of finish and top individual finishers and ties for men and women along with Honorable

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P a g e | 69 Mention will take place at the golf course immediately following the conclusion of play. The SAA Men’s and Women’s Players-of-the-Year, Men’s and Women’s Individual Tournament Medalist, Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year and the SAA Newcomer-of-theYear and all 16 All-Sportsmanship recipients will also be recognized. Teams are encouraged to remain for this ceremony. The host institution or Chairman of the Games Committee is responsible for alerting the SAA office of the individual winners for each award. 7.

The SAA office will also administer a conference Golfer-of-the-Week award. The Golfer-of-theWeek will be administered in the Fall and the Spring. Nominations are due by noon (Eastern) on Wednesday weekly and the winners announced by Thursday at noon (Eastern).

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An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the end of the SAA regular season. Each team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-SAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

VIII. Sportsmanship and Crowd Control 1.

All coaches, student-athletes and spectators shall observe the conference policy on crowd control and sportsmanship, which should be distributed at the conference championship and published in the conference championship program.

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Spectators should remain on cart paths or in the rough, and approximately 15 yards from the players. There may be no communication between players and spectators that could be deemed advice of any nature for the duration of the 18 holes. All institutional personnel, including assistant coaches, with the exception of the designated coach, are considered spectators.

APPENDIX A Tiebreaker Sudden Death Tiebreaking Procedures Team ties shall be broken by a sudden-death playoff counting the low four scores of six relative to par on each hole. Play shall continue with new scoring on each successive hole until a winner is determined. The games committee will determine the starting holes. If a playoff involves more than two teams, a shotgun format shall be used. The team playoff will be conducted first, with the playoff for individual spots to follow immediately after the conclusion of the team playoff. Once the shotgun sudden-death format is started, that format shall be used until a winner is determined. The games committee reserves the right to start a two-team playoff in a shotgun, five-hole format if weather or daylight reduce the time remaining.

Sudden Death Playoff Procedures Teams will draw for positions. For a two-team playoff, the winner of the draw shall have the option of the A or B positions set forth below. For a playoff involving more than two teams, the teams shall assume the drawn letter position (A, B, C, etc.) set forth below:

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P a g e | 70 Two teams (A & B; tee off alternately) #5A, #5B, #4A, #4B, #3A playoff hole #1 #3B, #2A, #2B, #1A, #1B playoff hole #1 Three Teams A #6 B #6 C #6 playoff hole 6 A #5 B #5 C #5 playoff hole 5 A #4 B #4 C #4 playoff hole 4 A #3 B #3 C #3 playoff hole 3 A #2 B #2 C #2 playoff hole 2 A #1 B #1 C #1 playoff hole 1 Four Teams A #6 B #6 C #6 D #6 playoff hole 6 A #5 B #5 C #5 D #5 playoff hole 5 A #4 B #4 C #4 D #4 playoff hole 4 A #3 B #3 C #3 D #3 playoff hole 3 A #2 B #2 C #2 D #2 playoff hole 2 A #1 B #1 C #1 D #1 playoff hole 1 Players will play the numbered position they held at the start of the final round. Women’s Sudden Death Playoff Procedures Teams will draw for positions. For a two-team playoff, the winner of the draw shall have the option of the A or B positions set forth below. For a playoff involving more than two teams, the teams shall assume the drawn letter position (A, B, C, etc.) set forth below: Two teams (A & B; tee off alternately) #5A, #5B, #4A, #4B, #3A playoff hole #1 #3B, #2A, #2B, #1A, #1B playoff hole #1 APPENDIX B Women’s Sudden Death SHOTGUN FORMAT (Women using five players count four) For a playoff involving more than two teams, the teams shall assume the drawn letter position (A, B, C, etc.) set forth below: Three Teams A #5 B #5 C #5 playoff hole 5 A #4 B #4 C #4 playoff hole 4 A #3 B #3 C #3 playoff hole 3 A #2 B #2 C #2 playoff hole 2 A #1 B #1 C #1 playoff hole 1 Four Teams A #5 B #5 C #5 D #5 playoff hole 5 A #4 B #4 C #4 D #4 playoff hole 4 A #3 B #3 C #3 D #3 playoff hole 3 A #2 B #2 C #2 D #2 playoff hole 2 A #1 B #1 C #1 D #1 playoff hole 1 Five Teams A #5 B #5 C #5 D #5 E #5 playoff hole 5 A #4 B #4 C #4 D #4 E #4 playoff hole 4 A #3 B #3 C #3 D #3 E #3 playoff hole 3 A #2 B #2 C #2 D #2 E #2 playoff hole 2

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I. Regular Season Contest Regulations 1.

The conference champion will be determined by a post-season conference tournament featuring all eight teams seeded from the regular season. Conference members sponsoring Men’s lacrosse shall compete in a single round-robin schedule (7 games) developed by the conference office using the modified travel partner system. Travel partners are: Berry/Oglethorpe Centre/Sewanee Birmingham Southern/Millsaps Hendrix/Rhodes

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The conference champion will be determined by the winner of the postseason tournament and the champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. However, a regular season champion will be named and the All-Sports points awarded for final standings in the regular season.

3.

If a tie occurs in the final standings, the following tie-breaker system will be used to determine the participants in the conference tournament: A. Head-to-head play B. Goals surrendered vs. league opponents C. Coin flip [note: if more than two teams are tied once the above tie-breaker protocol is used and only two teams remain, we will revert back to head-to-head to resolve the final tie]

4.

All uniforms and equipment must be compliant with NCAA rules and regulations. The home team will wear the white or light-colored home uniform. Visiting teams should check with the home team prior to every game to ensure a mix-up does not occur.

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Schools must follow NCAA guidelines for properly outlining field of play.

II. Scheduling 1.

No conference games will be scheduled the first two weekends of the season.

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Consideration should be given to special pregame and halftime activities (Homecoming, Parent’s Weekend, Senior Day, etc.). Those activities should begin early enough so it does not affect the starting times of games.

3.

Game times may be adjusted to accommodate travel by the visiting teams or other reasons pertaining to missed class time and campus activities for the home teams, but only through consultation with the conference office. A noon away game is the option for the opposing team to eliminate teams from returning to campus late at night Sunday or early the morning Monday.

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Teams should set pre-game clocks to end approximately 5 minutes prior to the scheduled match time to allow for the National Anthem (when applicable) and starting lineups. This protocol will allow for games to start on time.

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In the event of inclement weather that adversely affects suitability of field conditions, the following people will be involved in determining whether the field is safe for competition: athletics director or senior woman administrator from the host school (required), both coaches (required), facilities manager (recommended), umpire/officials (recommended), and/or athletics trainer (recommended).

III. Officials Three officials must be present at all conference games (regular season and post-season) and will be provided by the host institution. IV. Ejections A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the commissioner on any such rulings involving potential suspensions of student-athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics. V. Travel Squad Size Travel squad size is limited to the NCAA Championship maximum plus 10%, rounded up for players in uniform for regular season and conference tournament games. Games that do not require an overnight stay or that are played during institutional breaks are waived from this limitation. VI. Scouting 1.

Coaches are permitted to scout and provide information within the conference, as long as no recording devices are used.

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Conference members may request any two games from fellow conference members prior to their scheduled contest. DVD requests should be made far enough in advance to allow adequate time to be copied and shipped to the requesting school. It is mandatory that all conference members comply with the tape exchange policy.

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The home team is responsible for filming each conference game for the visiting team and is also responsible for supplying a DVD to the visiting team as quickly as possible at the conclusion of game, unless otherwise agreed upon by the visiting coach

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Conference members may not provide video on conference teams to nonconference members. SAA teams may provide any other form of scouting to opposing teams.

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All coaches will meet annually by conference call to make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council for changes in these policies. Coaches are encouraged to join the USILA and attend the annual convention.

VIII. Conference Post-Season Tournament 1.

Quarterfinals - 3-seed hosts 6-seed; 4-seed hosts 5-seed Semifinals - 1-seed hosts – 1-seed vs 4/5 winner; 2-seed hosts 3/6 winner Championship, Saturday or Sunday – winner of two semifinal matches.

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It is the responsibility of the host school to designate an agency/supervisor of officials to assign officials for all games in the conference tournament.

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The higher seed will wear its home uniform for all games.

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Conference Championship host will staff all games. All games will be video taped by staff from the host institution working the games. The host institution is responsible for the sports information operations for the tournament. All schools are encouraged to travel with at least one NATA certified trainer to the conference tournament.

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During the Championship Weekend the host team provides film of the first game played to the winning team of the second game played in the final four, so they have the opportunity to watch film prior to the Sunday championship game.

IX. Awards 1.

The conference will provide a championship trophy to the conference postseason tournament champion.

2.

The conference office will administer the selection process for All-Conference Teams, Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year.

4. The online nomination process for All-SAA opens at 6:00 p.m. (EST) Monday after the final regular season contests and will remain open until 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday. A conference call will take place during the week to discuss voting. Coaches voting will be conducted online from Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. (EST) until Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) the week prior to the conference tournament. Each coach will nominate players from his own team based on order of finish, to be placed on the final ballots. First Place Team (12) Second Place (11) Third Place (10) Fourth Place (9) Fifth through Eighth (8) Players will appear on the ballot grouped with players of similar position with individual overall statistics and conference statistics listed on the ballot. A coach may rank his own players in order if he desires to assist the other coaches in the voting process. Coaches may not vote for themselves or for their own players on the final ballot. 4.

Each the First, Second Team and Honorable Mention All-SAA will be comprised of 13 players (one goalkeeper, three attack men, three midfielders, three defensemen and one long stick midfielder, one short stick defensive midfielder, and one faceoff specialist. To select the All-

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P a g e | 75 Conference Teams, each position will have a separate ballot where the coaches rank the players. The highest point-getting goalkeeper will be named to the First Team with the next highest being placed on the Second Team and the third highest Honorable Mention. The top three point-getting attack men make the First Team, the next three the Second Team and the next three Honorable Mention, etc. to fill out the 13-member First Team,13-member Second Team and 13-member Honorable Mention All-Conference Teams. 5.

Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year will be selected through coaches voting on separate online ballots. Each coach may nominate one player from their squad for each of these awards. The Newcomer of the Year will be a player in his first year at a conference school (freshman or someone playing in his first year as a member of the team). Voting for Coach of the Year will be handled via email to the conference office. Coaches may not vote for themselves.

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The conference will announce All-SAA Conference selections the week following the SAA Championship.

7.

Every week along with conference statistics, there will be an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week selected. Nominations for Players of the Week should be submitted to the conference office by 1:00 p.m. (EST) each Monday. The conference office will announce the Players of the Week later in the day each Monday.

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Selection of a Championship MVP of the tournament will be handled by the Coach’s Council.

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An All-Conference Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the SAA championship tournament. Each team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-SAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

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I. Regular Season Contest Regulations 1.

During the season, conference members sponsoring Women’s lacrosse shall compete in a single round-robin schedule. There will be a conference championship tournament hosted by the top seed institution. Every effort shall be made to play all tournament games on the scheduled day. Should it become necessary (due to unplayable conditions - e.g. inclement weather, etc.), a higher seed may be advanced to the next round in order to complete the tournament. If the tournament has started and cannot be completed, the highest remaining seed shall be declared the winner of the conference tournament.

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In the event of a tie for any place in the standings, the following procedures shall be used to break the tie. In the case of ties among three or more teams, the criteria shall be applied in order until a team is pulled out. At that point, the procedure reverts back to step #1 to continue ranking the remainder. A. Head-to-head competition between the tied teams (official SAA games only, if teams play each other more than once) B. Point system (on all conference contests): Three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime win, one point for an overtime loss, and zero points for a regulation loss. C. Goal differential between the tied teams with a maximum of a six-goal differential. D. Conference goal differential with a maximum of a six-goal difference. E. Coin toss or draw by the conference commissioner.

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All uniforms and equipment must be compliant with NCAA rules and regulations. The home team will wear the white or light-colored home uniform. Visiting teams should check with the home team prior to every game to ensure a mix-up does not occur.

4. Schools must follow NCAA guidelines for properly outlining field of play. II. Scheduling 1.

The conference championship will be a six-team tournament. No. 1 and No. 2 receive byes for the quarterfinals; Friday quarterfinals have No. 3 hosting No. 6; No. 4 hosting No. 5. Sunday semifinals have No. 1 hosting the 4/5 winner, and No. 2 hosting the 3/6 winner. The remaining two teams to play the following Sunday at the highest remaining seed. Note: 2019 scheduled is adjusted for Easter.

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The first draft of the conference schedule will be determined by the commissioner and returned to coaches no later than September 1. Remaining

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Consideration should be given to special pregame and halftime activities (Homecoming, Parent’s Weekend, Senior Day, etc.). Those activities should begin early enough so it does not affect the starting times of games.

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Game times may be adjusted to accommodate travel by the visiting teams or other reasons pertaining to missed class time and campus activities for the home teams, but only through consultation with the conference office.

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Pre-game clocks will be set in accordance with the IWLCA and NCAA pre-game protocols.

6.

Game dates and sites may be adjusted for travel and financial reasons if both parties and the conference office agree. It may be feasible for conference matches to be played at a neutral site if it is agreeable with both teams and conference office.

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In the event of inclement weather that adversely affect suitability of field conditions, the following people will be involved in determining whether the field is safe for competition: athletics director or senior woman administrator from the host school (required), both coaches (required), facilities manager (recommended), umpire/officials (recommended), and/or athletics trainer (recommended).

III. Officials Three officials must be present at all conference games and will be provided by the host institution. The SAA office will hire an official assignor for women’s lacrosse. This will help secure the best rated officials for the SAA Tournament and regular season. COA certified Collegiate rated officials to be used as field officials for all SAA Tournament games:

IV. Ejections A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the commissioner on any such rulings involving potential suspensions of student-athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics. V. Travel Squad Size Travel squad size is limited to the NCAA Division III Championship roster maximum plus 10% rounded up for all regular season and conference tournament games. Games that do not require an overnight stay or that are played during institutional breaks are waived from this limitation. VI. Scouting

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Coaches are permitted to scout and provide information within the conference, as long as no recording devices are used.

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Mandatory that all teams use the service designated for the IWLCA open exchange as well as subscribing to the conference breakdown library. All coaches are responsible for communicating any difficulties uploading their game film in accordance with the IWLCA Film Exchange Guidelines. Any delays need to be reported to all SAA coaches for any game issues (conference or nonconference) as soon as possible. The main concern is ensuring that games go to both the open exchange as well as being submitted for breakdown to the conference exchange simultaneously. Any issues should be brought to the attention of the offending coach as soon as possible so they are aware of the issue.

3.

The home team is responsible for filming each conference game for the visiting team.

4.

Conference members may NOT provide video or scouting reports on conference teams to non-conference members.

VII. Coaches Meeting All coaches will meet annually by conference call to make recommendations to the Athletics Directors Council for changes in these policies. Coaches are encouraged to join the IWLCA, keeping in mind that membership is a requirement for All-Region/All-American honors. VIII. Awards 1.

The conference will provide a championship trophy to the conference champion.

2.

The conference office will administer the selection process for All-Conference Teams, Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Coach of the Year.

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The online nomination process for All-SAA opens at 6:00 p.m. (EST) the Sunday of the final regular season contests and will remain open until 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday. A conference call will take place during the week to discuss voting. Coaches voting will be conducted online from Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. (EST) until Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) the week prior to the conference tournament. 4) Coaches will nominate players via the league’s online awards system. Coaches may nominate up to eight players for the All-Conference Team, while the top two finishers may each nominate 10 players. In addition, coaches will follow current All-American restrictions regarding listing previous year’s accolades. Player position should also follow the IWLCA Positional Definitions as defined for AllRegion / All-American.

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Players will be separated on each ballot by position. Coaches will vote for three attackers, five midfielders, three defenders, one goalie and two at-large players for the first-team and the same for the second-team in order to form two 14-player teams.

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P a g e | 79 Players receiving at least three points in the voting that do not make either the First or Second Team will be named Honorable Mention. 6.

The conference office will name 14 players to each of the First and Second teams with three attack, five midfield, three defenders and the two At-Large selections per team. Defensive and Offensive Players-of-the-Year and the Newcomer of the Year will be selected via coaches voting on separate ballots. Each coach may nominate one player from their squad for each of these awards. The Newcomer-of-the-Year will be a player in her first season of collegiate lacrosse. The Coach of the Year selection will be handled by email to the conference office. Coaches may not vote for themselves or their own players.

7.

The conference will announce All-SAA Teams the week following the conference championship.

8.

Every week, along with conference statistics, there will be an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week selected. Nominations for Players of the Week should be submitted to the conference office by 1:00 p.m. (EST) each Monday during the season. The conference office will name Players of the Week later in the day each Monday

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An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the SAA championship tournament. Each team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-SAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

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All-Tournament Team Selections determined by team coach: 1st – 4 (one is MVP) 2nd – 3 3rd – 2 4th – 2 5th – 1 6th – 1

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I. Conference Championship 1.

A conference tournament will determine the Automatic Qualifier. Tournament will be hosted at Warner Park in Chattanooga. The cost of the tournament is the responsibility of the host institution. Umpires, game balls, the championship website, live video streaming, live stats and athletic training services will be the responsibility of the host school.

2.

Seven-inning games will be played in the conference championship tournament. In all SAA Championship games, games will be played to completion and eight-afterfive run limit will be used.

3.

Higher seeds will be the home team in the first-round games of the tournament games. In subsequent games, teams will alternate as home team. If this is not possible, the following guidelines will be used: A. The home team will be the team that has been the home team the fewest number of times in that tournament, or if that is a tie, then the team that has been visitor the fewest times will be the visitor. B. If both teams are tied after A., the team that was home team in the last game will be the visitor unless it is still a tie. In that case, the team that was the visitor in the last meeting between the two teams will be the home team. C. If the aforementioned criteria cannot determine home team, then it will be decided by a coin flip in the presence of the commissioner or umpire in-chief.

4.

The host institution must schedule and provide practice time (if requested) for each of the competing teams on the tournament playing field at least one day prior to the tournament. Practice shall be a maximum of 60 minutes for each of the six teams. Following the start of the tournament, no batting practice will be allowed on the field; however, an alternate site or batting cages can be utilized. Regular pregame infield practice on the playing field will be allowed as part of the normal warm up format by both teams before each game. Each team should be scheduled for 10 minutes of infield practice before each game. The visiting team should be scheduled first for infield practice. Forty-five (45) minutes of batting-cage time shall be allotted for each team if only one cage is available. Additionally, host schools need to inform visiting teams when the training rooms will be open and available.

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The host institution will secure an extra playing field in case inclement weather causes the softball championship to become backed up and games need to be played simultaneously. At least one of the fields must have lights. The host school is required to have a full infield tarp. The field for the championship is expected to meet NCAA tournament requirements and guidelines.

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At least two hours shall be allowed in the schedule between starting times for tournament games.

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A rules interpretations committee will be formed and comprised of the host

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All games will be conducted according to NCAA rules. Optional speed-up and substitution rules will not be utilized for tournament games. The halted game rule will be utilized in the conference tournament.

9.

Should weather become an issue, the following inclement weather tournament format will be used: Tie-Breaker Format (for use with inclement weather tournament format): 1) Head to Head (All SAA games including tournament play) 2) Record against each conference opponent in descending order starting with the highest seeded team. 3) Run differential between tied teams (six run maximum per contest). 4) Run differential against each team within the conference in descending order. 5) Overall record based on winning % (NCAA opponents only). 6) Coin toss by the commissioner

10. The tournament schedule will take place over four days. Thursday 4/19/18 • Games 1 and 2 will be at 12:00 p.m. • Games 3 and 4 at 2:00 p.m. • Recognition banquet at 6:00 p.m. o (First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention, and major award winners announced) Friday 4/20/18 • Games 5 though 9 will be played TBD Saturday 4/21/18 • Games 10 and 11 will be played TBD Sunday 4/22/18 • Game 12 will be played at 12:00 p.m. o and if necessary game 13 at 2:00 p.m. A.) If the softball conference tournament is scheduled the weekend before the NCAA tournament selection takes place (typically the first weekend in May) and weather causes a cancellation, the automatic qualifier will be the highest remaining seed regardless of what bracket that team is in. B.) If the tournament takes place two weeks before the NCAA tournament selection and rain causes cancellation, plans should be made to continue the tournament the following weekend at a location conducive to the remaining teams. 11.

An All-Tournament team will be selected and announced on site following the conference championship. The coaches, along with assistance from the host institution’s SID, will select the team and will be assisted by a “Player of the Game” vote from each participating team’s head coach following each contest. The All-Tournament team will be comprised of 12 position players, including a designated hitter, and the top 12 in the voting results will be selected and announced. Ties will not be broken.

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The official softball of the conference is Worth NCAA NC12L and will be used for all regular season and conference tournament games.

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The SAA Championship tournament may be held at a neutral site located in the central portion of our geographic footprint. The site must be approved by the Chair and the Commissioner. The host institutions will rotate on an annual basis for this neutral site location.

13.

A required coaches meeting on Thursday night prior to the start of the SAA Championship Tournament.

II. Regular-Season Scheduling and Contest Regulations 1.

Seven weekends will be used for conference competition, with schools playing a conference schedule of 24 games. A doubleheader will be played on Saturday and a doubleheader on Sunday, unless travel-partners agree to play on other consecutive days and no overnight travel is involved or spring break is used with no missed class times. All games are seven innings. Fifteen minutes shall be allowed between games of doubleheaders. Weekend conference games will start at Noon and 2:30 p.m. If a team requests a change in game time due to travel arrangements, games may start no earlier than 10 a.m., unless mutually agreed upon by both coaches. If complications occur on game times, the SAA commissioner shall rule on the matter. The regular season format will change from a 4-game series to a 3-game series. This will go in affect for the 2016 season. In order to replace the 6 conference games eliminated by the format change, a schedule was developed so every institution would have one weekend off during their respective spring breaks. This will give each team the ability to play additional games during that time frame.

2.

To determine conference standings in case of a tie, the following guidelines will be used in this order: A. Record based on winning percentage. B. Head-to-head record during conference play. C. Record vs. other teams in the conference by working down through the standings until the tie is broken. D. Run differential (eight-run maximum) in conference games between tied teams. E. Home record. F. Coin flip by the commissioner.

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Teams will finalize their next year’s conference schedule within their division two years in advance by January 15th of the current year for the next two seasons.

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The host institution must schedule and provide practice time (if requested) for the visiting team. Regular infield practice will follow the normal warm-up format for both teams. Each team shall be allowed 45 minutes of batting-cage time if only one cage is available. Additionally, host schools need to inform visiting teams when the training room will be open and available. The week of a contest against a conference opponent, both coaches should touch base either by phone or e-mail to go over game day procedures of what time the visiting team can have the cages, trainer needs, and other information that

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Schools are required to have a full one-piece infield tarp to cover the home plate area and pitching mound. Playing fields should meet NCAA regulations and measure between 190 and 225 to the foul poles and 200 to 225 to center field.

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The following uniform standard will be recognized and followed for all conference regular season competition. On Day 1 of competition, the home team will wear white (or light-colored) jerseys and the visiting team will wear dark jerseys. On Day 2, the uniform colors are reversed.

7.

Prior to the beginning of each day’s games, the following protocol is recommended: Ø The National Anthem will be played or sung before the first game of a double-header, and the American flag displayed (if feasible, but not required). Ø It will be announced each contest is a Southern Athletic Association game and the crowd control statement read or distributed.

8.

All regular season conference games will be conducted according to NCAA rules.

III. Officials Umpires will be assigned by the home team for regular-season games and the conference championship. Umpires should be approved for intercollegiate contests by a recognized assigning agency. The home team should correspond with their assignor and make every effort to secure a different pair of umpires each day for conference weekends. Two-person umpiring crews will be used for all regular-season games and three-person crews for the conference tournament. IV. Ejections A report on any ejections from athletics events involving conference teams must be reported to the conference office within 48 hours after the contest by the host institution. If the contest is a non-conference event, the member institution is responsible for notifying the conference office of any ejections within 48 hours. An ejection could result in disciplinary action by the individual’s institution and/or the commissioner. The Athletics Directors Advisory Council will serve to assist the commissioner on any such rulings involving potential suspensions of student-athletes and/or coaches as it relates to potential violations of the SAA Code of Ethics. V. Travel Squad Size Travel squad size is limited to the NCAA Championship travel maximum plus 10%, rounded up for all regular season and post season conference games that require an overnight stay. Games that do not require an overnight stay or that are played during institutional breaks are waived from this limitation. VI. Scouting

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The conference office will provide a championship trophy to the winner of the conference tournament. The conference office will administer the selection process of All-Conference teams and awards.

2.

Only stats from conference games will under consideration for the All-Conference ballot. The guidelines for nominating and voting for the All-Conference award winners should mirror that of the NFCA All-Region Teams. Each team will consist of: 2 pitchers, 1 catcher, 1 first base, 1 second base, 1 short stop, 1 third base, 3 outfielders, 1 utility player, 1 designated player and 3 At-Large selections. The At-Large spots will only be used if the conference office determines that there was a particularly close vote at one position on the First Team only. If there was a clear separation in votes, no At-Larges will be used. The following guidelines will apply for each position:

Pitchers • Pitching stats are first consideration. • Defensive stats are second consideration. • Offensive stats are third consideration. Defensive Positions — MUST HAVE PLAYED THE MAJORITY OF THE TOTAL GAMES THAT THE TEAM PLAYED AT THE NOMINATED POSITION. • Defensive and offensive statistics will have equal weight. • For catchers, stats include the number of stolen base attempts (SBA) and the number of times caught stealing (CS). A catcher will be credited with an SBA every time a runner attempts to steal a base. If the runner is caught stealing as a result of a throw, it is a CS. Pickoffs are a separate category. • Concerning baserunner statistics, the stats include stolen bases to stolen base attempts (SB/SBA) and on base percentage (OB%), which is anytime a player reaches base safely following an appearance at the plate. Designated Player — MUST HAVE PLAYED THE MAJORITY OF THE TOTAL GAMES THAT THE TEAM PLAYED AT THE NOMINATED POSITION • Only offensive stats will be considered. Utility Player — MUST HAVE PLAYED AT LEAST TWO OR MORE POSITIONS WITH NOT MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF PLAYING TIME AT ONE POSITION • All statistics must be included.

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Breakdown should be indicated on the nominating form (Example: 10/SS, 12/OF, 14/DP; Summary: 36 games, three positions played). Defensive stats for each position played must be provided. If there is a tie, the coaches re-discusses the individuals involved in the tie and re-vote until the tie is broken. Exception: If there is a tie at the Honorable Mention level, all players are awarded. A Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year will also be named. The Pitcher of the Year will be the highest point-getter in the positional ballot for pitchers. A separate ballot will be created and voted on for the Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. The coaches may nominate one player from their squad for each of those awards. The Newcomer will be a freshman or first-year transfer student. The Coach of the Year selection will be handled via email to the conference office.

3.

Any player voted as Player or Pitcher of the Year will automatically be named First Team All-SAA at her position. No player voted First Team AllSAA will be bumped from that team - the player in question (the POTY honoree) will be added as a member of the First Team for that position. Any players nominated who receive at least one vote in the selection process, but don’t make First or Second Team will be named Honorable Mention. Ballots will be submitted via the league’s online award’s system.

4.

Coaches may not vote for themselves or their own players on the final ballot.

5.

The on-line nomination process for All-SAA opens at 6:00 p.m. (EST) the Sunday of the final regular season contests and will remain open until 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday. Coaches voting will be conducted online from Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (EST) until Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) the week prior to the conference tournament. Each coach will nominate players from their own team for the All-Conference awards. The All-SAA Softball Team will be compiled by the conference office announced by the host institution the evening of the first day of the SAA tournament.

6.

An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the end of the SAA regular season. Each team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-SAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season, Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

7.

Each week during the season coaches may nominate a player and pitcher of the week to be selected by the conference office. Nominations are due by 1:00 p.m. (EST) each Monday and the winners will be announced later in the day on Monday.

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I. SAA Conference Play 1. The SAA will play men’s and women’s tennis as a spring sport with annually alternating home and away matches for a regular season and culminating with a conference tournament. The regular season results will be used primarily to help determine seeds for the conference tournament. The champion and order of finish will be decided at the conference tournament. 2. Regular season matches will be played with travel partners and scheduled by the conference with the exception of the travel partner’s match. Coaches should agree to a date with their travel partners or consult with the AD’s of the participating schools to help schedule it. 3. Regular season conference matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday as determined by the conference with an exception made for Easter weekend where a Friday and Saturday schedule may be used. The conference tournament will be played as scheduled by the conference. 4. The format for regular season conference matches Will be 3-6-3 eight game pro-set doubles matches followed by 6 singles matches using the 2 out of 3 set scoring. 5. Matches will be scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. with the second matches subject to court availability. 6. The second matches of the day shall be able to use courts to warm-up as they come available. The visiting team shall have access to the first court that comes available and shall have a minimum of one hour from that point to warm-up. Additional open courts will be assigned alternately. Coaches and players need to be respectful of the ongoing match when assigning and conducting warm-ups. 7. The choice to play the match to decision or completion shall be made by the visiting coach after consulting the host coach. 8. The men’s matches will be played first in odd (2013) years and the women’s matches will be played first in even years (2014). 9. Due to the differences in available facilities, the possibility or occurrence of bad weather, the variety of possible travel situation, and any other special situation that may arise, the participating coaches have the flexibility to alter the format as they deem reasonable and appropriate upon agreement between the coaches involved. Changes in the format should be in the spirit of fairness to all teams and predicated on the safety of all participants, the desire to complete team matches, and the specific travel situation involved. 10. In cases of inclement weather the coaches may agree to cancel matches as they deem reasonable under the circumstances. If no matches have begun by 3:00 pm, it will be at the discretion of the visiting coach to cancel that match. Likewise, interrupted or delayed matches that do not appear to have an imminent decision by 6:00 pm may be cancelled at the discretion of the visiting coach. Results of partially completed team matches may be used by the Tournament Committee to assist in seeding teams for the tournament. 11. An ITA Official will be present at all conference matches. 12. The SAA Conference Schedule for 2016 is modified moving the start to April 2 from March 26 due to Easter.

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II. Championship Tournament 1.

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The conference tournament will be alternately hosted by travel partners as determined by the conference. Host schools shall provide necessary personnel to run the tournament including qualified USTA officials, trainers, SID, and desk workers. All schools will share evenly in the cost of conducting the tournament including the cost of officials, facility rental, and tennis balls with an expense report produced following the tournament by the hosts. Tiebreak Procedure a. Head to Head results b. Won/ Loss Record against highest team in descending order c. NCAA Rankings if applicable d. ITA Rankings if applicable e. Coin flip by Commissioner The tournament will be played as team matches following the format used during the regular season- (3-6). Team matches will be played to determine all position of finish if possible. Teams will have access to the courts one hour before their match to warm-up. Teams must have a minimum of 4 players in uniform to participate. All matches will be played to conclusion unless the tournament committee alters the format. 10-point tie-breakers will be used for 3rd sets for all matches that have a team decision. The order of play for the tournament will follow the format of the regular season with men playing at 9:00 am and women at 1:00 pm in odd years and the opposite during even years. Coaches must check in at the tournament desk with line-ups at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled match time. The coaches must submit the order of their singles line-up to the current years host coach on the Tournament Committee by Monday at noon (CST) prior to the tournament. That coach will distribute all line-up’s to all coaches by email for review. Coaches may challenge another coach’s line-up to the tournament committee by Wednesday at noon (CST).

III. Officials 1.

For the conference championship, the host institution will be responsible for securing a certified ITA tournament referee to oversee the rules of play. It is recommended that a site referee be assigned to all venues used if more than one site is needed to conduct the competition. Roaming officials will be provided as needed, with a minimum of one official for every six courts.

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The host teams are strongly advised to retain a head official to coordinate the matches and ensure the flow of matches. This is encouraged since the host head coach is also involved with coaching duties during the championships. A site director should be assigned to each venue.

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The referee will rule on defaults relating to tardiness or conduct and assign umpires as needed to matches.

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Players are responsible for calling lines during matches.

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The referee will ensure that the tournament is conducted according to USTA and ITA rules and regulations and modifications adopted by the NCAA Tennis Committees.

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IV. Travel Squad Size Travel squad size shall be the NCAA Championship travel squad maximum plus 10% rounded up for all SAA matches (Regular season and championship tournament play). Teams must have at least four players to participate. Games that do not require an overnight stay or that are played during institutional breaks are waived from this limitation. V. Scouting 1.

On-site scouting of conference teams by representatives of conference member schools in allowable. When participating in a tournament in which another conference member is also playing, it is permissible to be in attendance during the contest in which the conference member is playing and scouting can occur. Teams may scout at the conference championship.

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Conference members may not provide information on conference teams to conference or non-conference members.

VI. Coaches Meeting All coaches will meet annually via conference call to make recommendations to the Athletics Director’s Council for changes in these policies. A pre-championship meeting can be held on site and conducted by the host head coach to review the conference championships. However, this is not a mandatory meeting. VII. Awards 1.

The conference office will provide a championship trophy to each conference champion.

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The conference office will administer the selection process for the All-Conference Teams, Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Coach of the Year.

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An All-Conference Teams will be selected and administered by the conference office. The online nomination process for All-SAA opens at 6:00 p.m. (EST) the Sunday of the SAA Tournament finals and will remain open until 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday. Coaches voting will be conducted online from Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (EST) until Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) the week after the conference tournament. Each coach will nominate players from their own team for the all-conference awards. A total of 12 players will be selected by a vote of the coaches on the final ballot. Each first-place vote is worth 12 points, second-place vote worth eleven points, etc., down to a 12th place vote worth one point. The 12 players with the high point totals will be named to the All-Conference team. The player with the highest point total will be named Player of the Year. The top six athletes will be named to the First Team All-Conference, the next six top finishers will be named to the Second Team All-Conference. Players not finishing in the top-12 in the voting process who received at least one point will be named Honorable Mention. Coach of the Year will be selected via email to the conference office. There will be a separate ballot for the Newcomer of the Year (freshman or transfer playing their first year of eligibility) selection. Each coach may nominate one player from their squad for

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Immediately following the conference tournament, the coaches on site and host institution’s SID will designate the All-Tournament team at each singles and doubles position based on the best records in the conference championship. These players will comprise the All-Tournament Team. Ties will not be broken for all tournament consideration when there has not been any head-tohead competition during the championship. Any player who goes through the conference championship undefeated and played in at least two matches will be automatically named to the All-Tournament team. It is the responsibility of the host head coach to work with the host SID to make sure the All-Tournament Team is distributed to the conference office for promotion.

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An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the end of the SAA regular season. Each team will elect one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-SAA Sportsmanship team. These individuals will be selected by the team and head coach, with the head coach sending the selection to the conference office at the end of the season. Only one student-athlete from each team may be selected. All institutions will have one representative, with final team choice selected by the head coach. The award will be publicized with other conference awards at the end of the season.

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Each Monday during the season coaches may nominate a player of the week to be voted on by the coaches and announced by the conference office. A designee of the coaches receives the nominations and passes them on to the conference office. The conference office returns the nominees to the coaches for voting. Winners are announced on Wednesdays.

VIII. Conference Championship - Site Preparation Procedures 1.

Preparation for hosting championships at a single site consists of the following: A. Secure the site very early. B. Forward to coaches a list of convenient recommended hotels early preceding fall term. It is not necessary to block rooms because many schools make their own selection outside of recommendations. C. Secure team of officials early preceding fall term. D. Order tournaments balls to assure on site a week or so before tournament. (20 cases) E. Using a blank bracket from SAA office (showing only seeds by #’s and “match a, b, c” etc) assign match times for all three days. F. Assign each match to specific grouping of courts, with times, so teams know where to go in advance, can warm up on those courts as available and for ease of coaching the matches. Where possible assign six courts for each match. If you must assign a match or two to fewer courts, assign obvious mismatches to minimize time required. G. Provide coaches in advance a layout of courts by number (bird’s eye view). H. In advance provide coaches and officials with list of participating coaches, their cell numbers, their hotels, and hotel numbers. I.

The host institutions will provide volunteers to work the tournament.

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Have at least one administrator dedicated to the oversight of the championship on site at all times.

K. Have at least one sports information director on site or one sports information director designated to handle the dissemination of results (via the championships website). L. Have at least one trainers on site at all times. M. Make sure the format of play is given to the tournament desk each day (example: rain delays, playing to decision, shortened sets etc.).

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I. Conference Championship 1.

All conference schools shall meet on the last full weekend in April for the SAA Track and Field Championships unless it conflicts with institutional exams.

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The team champions will be the men’s and women’s teams with the highest point total according to NCAA scoring procedures for an outdoor championship meet.

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An all-weather eight-lane or nine-lane track must be used for the championships; however, the track does not need to be on the host’s campus, and schools need only have access to a suitable facility in order to host. Hosting order is determined by the SAA office. Institutions may pass on the right to host, given two-year advance notice.

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The championships schedule will be set by the Track and Field Coach’s Committee at the annual meeting, modifications will not take effect until the following year. Schedule accommodations for facility reasons may be determined by the Games Committee for that year’s championship and should be completed by the end of February.

II. Meet Personnel 1.

The host institution shall arrange for officials and timers. They should be experienced, knowledgeable, and preferably certified in the event area to which they are assigned. Non-official event workers do not need to be formally trained but should be adequately briefed on the operation of the event.

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The Games Committee shall consist of the Head Coach of the hosting institution, along with the Head Coaches of the previous host and future host. Two alternates should be randomly selected and ordered in case a protested infraction should occur between two student-athletes of the members of the Games Committee. The Games committee assists the meet director with meet administration, including final decisions on competition due to inclement weather or other problems delaying or postponing competition.

III. Entry/Seeding 1.

All athletes must be seeded at their best mark for the current outdoor season (no indoor marks are allowed), entrants without a qualifying mark are allowed to participate, but will be given no seed mark for the event. (NT, NM, ND) The TFRRS/DirectAthletics system will be used to verify performances.

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For seeding purposes, all times will be converted to automatic using the conversion factor published in the NCAA rules book. However, events shorter than 800m (not including) MUST be electronically timed.

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There shall be no travel squad restriction. Schools are limited to five entries per individual events, and one entry per relay.

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Event seeding shall follow the NCAA Track and Field Rule Book, with the following clarifications: A. In events with no preliminary round, seeding shall be based on seed marks.

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In relays with more entrants than the track has lanes, sections shall be broken up into two heats contested by time. The three slowest seeds shall be placed in section one and the remainder of the teams shall run in section two.

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Advancement for field events in which prelims are conducted will be nine as determined by best mark in the prelims. Advancement for track events shall be equal to the number of lanes at the facility. Heat winners are guaranteed to advance, followed by the next fastest times to fill the field.

IV. Meet Administration 1.

The host institution should maintain a Meet Championship website on their athletics page with all pertinent information for the championship, including the schedule, registration information, travel information, and a link to the performance list. This site must be live by March 1.

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A performance list should be maintained by Direct Athletics using TFRRS databases. Registration for the meet shall be available at Direct Athletics starting two weeks prior to the championship. Entries will be available until Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. (local time), prior to the meet. The host shall post heat sheets by 9:00 pm (Local Time) on Wednesday.

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The meet director shall designate a time and place for the measurement and certification of implements. Certification should occur on both days.

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Protests must be made to the Meet Referee no later than 15 minutes following the posting of event results. Coaches may appeal the decisions of the Meet Referee to the Games Committee, majority decisions by the Games Committee will be final.

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It is highly recommended that a second meet official be utilized to verify measurements for all throwing events and all horizontal jumps.

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Starting heights for the championships shall be High Jump - Women 1.32m/Men 1.68m Pole Vault – Women 2.13m/Men 3.04m

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The schedule of events to be followed at the SAA championship is as follows: Track Events Day One 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Women’s 10k Final Men’s 10K Final Women’s 100m Hurdle Trials

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Men’s 110m Hurdle Trials Women’s 400m Trials Men’s 400m Trials Women’s 100m Trials Men’s 100m Trials Women’s 400m Hurdle Trials Men’s 400m Hurdle Trials Women’s 200m Trials Men’s 200m Trials Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Final

Day Two 12:00 p.m. 12:10 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 12:50 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:10 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 1:25 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 1:40 p.m. 1:50 p.m. 2:10 p.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:35 p.m. 2:40 p.m. 3:05 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:35 p.m. 3:45 p.m.

Women’s 4x100 Relay Finals Men’s 4x100 Relay Finals Women’s 1500m Finals Men’s 1500m Finals Women’s 100m Hurdle Final Men’s 110m Hurdle Final Women’s 400m Final Men’s 400m Final Women’s 100m Final Men’s 100m Final Women’s 800m Finals Men’s 800m Finals Women’s 400m Hurdle Final Men’s 400m Hurdle Final Women’s 200m Final Men’s 200m Final Women’s 5000m Final Men’s 5000m Final Women’s 4x400 Relay Finals Men’s 4x400 Relay Finals Awards

Field Events Day One 9:00 a.m.

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Day Two 9:00 a.m.

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Women’s Pole Vault Trials/Finals Men’s Long Jump Trials/Finals Men’s Shot Put Trials/Finals Women’s Hammer Trials/Finals Women’s Long Jump Trials/Finals Women’s Shot Put Trials/Finals Men’s Pole Vault Trials/Finals Men’s Hammer Trials/Finals Women’s Javelin Men’s Discuss Women’s High Jump Trials/Finals Men’s Triple Jump Women’s Triple Jump Trials/Finals Women’s Discuss Trials/Finals Men’s High Jump Trials/Finals Men’s Javelin Trials/Finals

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V. Coaches Meeting 1.

A coaches meeting shall be held by the host institution the one hour before the first event on the first day of the SAA Championship, to attend to any details about meet administration. However, team packets will be available on the day before the championships. All final scratches will be due by 5:00 p.m. (local time) on the day before the championships.

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The coaches shall meet annually by conference call regarding recommendations to the Athletic Director’s Council to change these rules.

VI. Awards 1.

The conference office will supply a championship trophy to each conference team champion.

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The first, second, and third-place finishers in each individual event will be named to the All-Conference Teams and recognized in the awards ceremony immediately following the final day of competition as established by the Track and Field Council. Athletes should wear appropriate attire to the awards stand.

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Athletes in the top three relay teams will be named to the All-Conference team and recognized in the awards ceremony immediately following the final day of competition as established by the Track and Field Council. Athletes should wear appropriate attire to the awards stand.

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The athlete with the highest point total in the conference championship will be named Athlete of the Meet and recognized in the awards ceremony at the end of the second day as established by the Track and Field Council. One-quarter of a team’s relay points will be counted towards an individual’s total if he or she is a member of a scoring relay team.

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The coaches will also vote on the following awards - following the SAA championships: Men’s Track Athlete of the Year Women’s Track Athlete of the Year Men’s Field Athlete of the Year Women’s Field Athlete of the Year Men’s Newcomer of the- Year Women’s Newcomer of the Year Coaches will nominate athletes on-line and vote on each ballot the week following the Championship. Individuals may vote for their own student-athletes in the voting process.

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A male and female athlete of the week will be selected - one for track events and one for field events. The process used in cross country will be followed for track and field. A representative among the coaches will receive weekly nominations and send them to the conference office. The conference office will re-distribute the nominations to the coaches for voting. Coaches may vote for their own athletes in the voting process. Winners are announced each Wednesday during the season.

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An All-SAA Sportsmanship team will be selected the week following the end

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