The MIAA CEO Council has approved competition plans for 2020-21 academic school year, the MIAA announced Monday.
Conferences were forced to modify schedules after the NCAA last month reduced the number of allowable contests for each Division II sport in a cost-saving effort because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The changes for the 2020-21 season in the MIAA are highlighted the elimination of non-conference play in men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and women’s soccer. A new 10-game schedule will be released for MIAA football, with a Week 1 bye for all teams.
The Council also approved modified the brackets and dates for 2020-2021 MIAA Championships.
The MIAA will release regular-season schedules throughout the week, starting with football on Tuesday. Volleyball and women's soccer scheduled will be announced Wednesday, while the men's and women's basketball slates will be unveiled on Thursday, with the schedules for baseball, softball and tennis becoming available on Friday.
Here’s a look at the MIAA schedule modifications:
In baseball, conference series will be two days (doubleheader and a single game). The MIAA baseball tournament will be reduced from two weekends to one weekend. It will feature an eight-team double elimination bracket over four days.
In football, a new 10-game schedule will be released. The first week will be a bye week for all teams and no Thursday games will be played.
In men’s and women’s basketball, all non-conference games will be eliminated and the teams will play the existing 22-game conference schedule. The MIAA basketball tournament will be reduced from five days to four days with an eight-team bracket.
Men’s and women’s cross country will follow NCAA contests and dates requirements.
Men’s and women’s golf will follow NCAA contests and dates requirements and continue with existing designated events. The MIAA Championships will be reduced from three-day event to two-day event.
Men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field will follow NCAA contests and dates requirements. The MIAA Championship meets will be consolidated from three days to two days.
Men’s and women’s tennis will follow NCAA contests and dates requirements. Men’s tennis will continue with existing designated events, while women’s tennis will continue with some of its conference schedule. The MIAA Championships will be reduced from three days to two days. The bracket will feature the top six teams in the standings.
Softball will follow NCAA contests and dates requirements while continuing with the existing conference schedule. The MIAA softball tournament will conducted at Central Oklahoma over four days with an eight-team double elimination bracket.
Volleyball will request to consolidate contests to single dates of competition permitted. Non-conference contests may be available. The MIAA volleyball tournament will be reduced from a three-day event to a two-day event at the highest seed. The bracket will feature the top six teams in the standings.
Women’s soccer will continue with the existing conference schedule and adjust “non-conference” MIAA contests. A flex schedule will go into effect for the final week. The eight teams will match up to determine the four advancing seeds for the championship flex schedule for the final week; teams nine through 12 will match-up based on geographic proximity.
Wrestling will follow NCAA contests and dates requirements while continuing with the existing dual schedule.
The CEO Council also placed the The MIAA Network in a pay-per-view model for all sports and allow fans access to all sporting events on the network. The plan makes the network the first digital platform in NCAA Division II to be exclusively pay-per-view.
According to the press release, “fans will also see new enhancements in the quality of each broadcast and benefits like full HD, 1080p video quality, and full distribution through an all-new MIAA Network mobile app for iOS and Android with push notifications.”
Each action plan was approved during the CEO Council Virtual Meeting on Monday, June 15.