COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Ė The National Junior
College Athletic Association (NJCAA) made its plans for the upcoming 2012-13
academic sports season by passing several meaningful legislative proposals that
signal a new way forward for the second-largest intercollegiate athletic
organization in the United States.
The 54-member board of directors of the NJCAA gathered for the organizationís 71st annual meeting March 28-31 at the Double Tree World Arena in
Likely the most significant change the NJCAA approved at its 2012 convention was the change in format and qualification for both its Division I menís and womenís basketball championship tournaments. Both events will expand to a 24-team, single-elimination bracket and will cease all consolation games except for a 3rd place contest.
The current 16 district alignment in both sports
will stay in place and all district champions will earn an automatic berth to
Each basketball committee drafted clear policies on how at-large teams would be selected. For zone qualification, the current 16 districts were divided into four zones. Each year one zone, consisting of four districts, will qualify a second team based on criteria determined by each district.
Both 24-team tournaments will be fully seeded per criteria set forth by each respective basketball committee.
The National Junior College Athletic
Association (NJCAA) is the governing body of two-year college athletics,
offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. It is the
second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the