NCAA Updates Track & Field Championships Qualifying Criteria
The NCAA updated its Track & Field Championships Qualifying Criteria for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. These changes will affect all three divisions under the NCAA umbrella.
Here are the highlights from the new update:
- NCAA Division I Outdoor Qualifying Period
- The window is now open from February 1 through the second Sunday prior to the start of the preliminary-round competition (May 16)
- Meet Management
- Marks will not be acceptable if all events are not held at the main venue, unless institutions request a waiver to hold events elsewhere by petitioning the appropriate divisional chair and NCAA liaison
- Minimum Number of Events
- Marks will only be accepted for qualifying in meets where a minimum of five events are open to collegiate student-athletes for indoor track & field, per gender
- Marks will only be accepted for qualifying in meets where a minimum of 10 events are open to collegiate student-athletes for outdoor track & field, per gender
- Multiple groupings, sections or divisions of any event distance or discipline is a single event.
- NOTE: There are a number of exceptions to the rule, pertaining to performances from the USA Track & Field Championships Series and various country national championships
- Indoor Meet Procedures
- Shot put and weight throw can be conducted outdoors and apply to indoor qualifying. If the shot put is thrown outdoors at an indoor meet, the mark can only be used for indoor qualifying. If the shot put is thrown outdoors at an outdoor meet, it can only be used for outdoor qualifying.
- For NCAA Division III only: Institutions wanting to host an indoor meet, other than a conference meet, in the final week of the qualifying window (Monday through Sunday), must petition the NCAA for sanctioning no later than January 1, 2021.