Re: Rule Changes
coach Diaz of UGA men suggests eliminating individual NCAA;
Manuel Diaz, head coach, Georgia Men
Personally, I think that the main issue here is the length of the NCAA Championship and the student-athlete welfare.
I would suggest that by doing away with the NCAA Singles and Doubles (Individual) portion of the tournament, we would solve these issues. I believe the great majority of coaches don't want that event after the team event. The ITA already holds an individual National Fall tournament (the All-American) and also a National Indoor Championship. The Fall should be the individual portion of our season and the Spring should just be the team portion of the season. Right now the individual event is always anticlimactic to the team tournament. Some players are exhausted because they were in the team portion of the tournament while others just practiced. Yes, they will be more rested if the team event begins with the Final Four, but this would come at great cost to the many student-athletes that lose the greatest experience of the year. We need them to experience that event so they can grow.
If the coaches wanted to add a Spring Individual Championship later they could do that through the ITA or the NCAA.
Last edited by fantic; Aug 31st, 2012 at 10:22 PM.