Women’s College World Series Extending to Nine Days, Begins 2022
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Championships Oversight Committee announced the approval of a new scheduling format for the Women’s College World Series that will begin with the 2022 edition in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Two major changes were made to the WCWS, with teams who lose on Day 1 of the event no longer being required to play a doubleheader the following day. The second major change is that there will be a day off inbetween the semifinals and the first game of the Championship Series.
Previously, the event was conducted over a seven-day period, which limited schedule flexibility. The Division I Softball Committee believes expanding the event two additional days will help enhance the championship for all those involved.
“What we’ve accomplished with this format change for the Women’s College World Series is further prioritization of student-athlete rest, recovery and preparation during the event and more flexibility to manage weather delays in Oklahoma City. The engagement from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, particularly the active coaches who have participated in the Women’s College World Series, helped identify the day off before the championship series and minimizing doubleheaders as key recommendations to improve the championship. That focused feedback helped us narrow in on this alternative format that targets those priorities, while still preserving the format components that allow for a competitive series and quality experience for teams and fans.” – Sandy Atkins, committee chair and deputy director of athletics at Troy.
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