Coaches Group Information
Required Preseason Conference Call: 10am Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Required Off-Season Conference Call: 10am Thursday, April 9, 2020
Committee Chairperson: Cy Wainwright, Newberry College
Director of Athletics Liaison: Nate Moorman, Emmanuel College
2019-20 Regular-Season Information
Conference Banquet: TBD
All schools will be invited to an end-of-the-season conference banquet to recognize conference champions and all conference award winners.
Wrestling Season and Scheduling Policies:
(1) Each institution must play all other conference institutions once during the season and as directed by the conference schedule. Coaches may use discretion in determining the exact date of competition provided it takes place during the week assigned by the conference office.
(2) Conference institutions may play each other more than once during the season. However, only the first regular season match between any two institutions will count towards the conference win-loss records.
(3) NCAA wrestling rules apply to breaking ties.
(4) All dual matches must be completed by the Sunday prior to the NCAA DII Regional Tournament.
(5) In the case of inclement weather, matches unable to be wrestled must be made up at the next mutually available date.
Conference Champion: The conference champion will be crowned based on highest conference regular-season winning percentage. In the case of a tie, the conference will determine the conference champion using the below tiebreaker criteria. This criteria will also be used to break ties for 2nd through 8th in the final conference standings.
Tiebreaker Criteria: Should two institutions finish the conference season with the same conference dual winning percentage, the institution that won the head-to-head dual in the regular season will be crowned the conference champion. Should more than two institutions have the same conference dual winning percentage, the institution with the highest number of cumulative team points scored in all conference duals will be crowned the conference champion. If there is still a remaining tie, the highest regional, then national finish will determine the conference champion.
Partial Match Policy: If any expense is incurred (e.g., if the bus leaves campus) and the contest is not played to completion, the contest is not to be replayed. For wrestling specifically, if the contest is underway and stopped, it can only be considered an official result when five matches have been completed. (5/12)
Media Policy Regarding Officials: Link to Media Policy
Delay of Game Policy: Link to Delayed Game Policy (For the purposes of applying delayed game policies, the scheduled weigh-in time is the official start time of the contest. Therefore, the Delay of Game Policy is applied to the scheduled start of “weigh-ins,” not the scheduled start of the dual meet.)
Line-Up Submission Policy: Link to Line-Up Submission Policy
Visiting Team Expectations: Link to Visiting Team Expectations
Use of Conference Logo: Schools participating that are members of the South Atlantic Conference should have their respective logo on their uniform, and schools participating that are members of Conference Carolinas should have their respective logo on their uniform.
Ejection Policy: When a player or team party member is ejected, both the team's coach and (if a conference opponent) the opposing coach are to notify their director of athletics upon completion of the contest. The director of athletics will immediately notify the conference office and subsequently complete and submit to the conference office the Ejection Report Form. The conference office will notify each member president immediately when notified of an ejection.
A coach ejected for an "unsporting act" will be cautioned by the institution’s director of athletics or immediate supervisor in a form provided by the conference. Copies of cautions and suspensions will be provided to the institution’s President, FAR, the Supervisor of Officials and the Commissioner. A second ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next-meet suspension. A third ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next two-meet suspension. End-of-year suspensions will be carried forward to the next year. Ejected coaches must leave the sight of the meet when ejected. If the ejected coach does not comply in a timely manner, the meet is forfeited.
All-Conference Awards Process: The conference office will complete the nomination process the week of the NCAA National Tournament (with the caveat that teams will have an opportunity to update nominations following the national championship during the coaches conference call if applicable). A required Coaches All-Conference Conference Call will follow after the national championship weekend, but prior to the conference awards banquet, then finishing with final voting ballots due the next day at noon and prior to the banquet the next evening.
(Step 1) – Send player nominations through each SID to the conference office via Presto online submissions. (Due 5pm Sunday)
(Step 2) – The conference compiles nominations and resends to coaches via email. (Hopefully late Sunday night, but at latest by Monday morning)
(Step 3) – After coaches receive nominations they will have an opportunity to update those verbally during the coaches conference call (Monday) to correct/edit/fix/change/omit any nominations.
(Step 4) – The conference will distribute final ballots as soon as possible (Monday afternoon) after the conference call.
(Step 5) – Coaches will work through their SIDs to then rank the players (outside of their own players) and submit those rankings through their SIDs via the online Presto ranking submission process (no later than 12pm Tuesday) prior to the conference awards banquet (6pm Wednesday).
All Conference Team: Each team through their SID may nominate one wrestler at each weight class for all-conference consideration. All nominations must be received prior to the stated deadline. There will be 10 first-team selections and 10 second-team selections (no third team/honorable mention). Each team will vote for players in rank order and may not vote for their own players.
Wrestler of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three players, excluding their own, in rank order. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes. Note: The Wrestler of the Year and Freshman of the Year CANNOT be nominated for or win both awards.
Freshman of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three freshmen players, excluding their own, in rank order. The winner will be named Freshman of the Year. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes. Note: The Wrestler of the Year and Freshman of the Year CANNOT be nominated for or win both awards.
- A student-athlete should qualify only if this is the first collegiate institution attended.
- It is the student-athlete’s first year of competition (academic sophomores/redshirt freshmen are eligible as long as they took a redshirt year at the same member institution).
- Any transfer exception is not applicable (e.g., a student-athlete who transfers from an institution but did not play a sport is still not eligible for award).
- Nominators have the responsibility to make sure all qualifications are met.
Coach of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three coaches, excluding their own, in rank order. The winner will be named Coach of the Year. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes.
Wrestler of the Week: Men’s wrestling coaches may nominate one wrestler each week through the SID for the duration of the regular season.
Student-Athlete Pledge of Sportsmanship Form (Reminder to be signed by each student-athlete during preseason and filed in each institution’s athletics department.)