Section 13: NJAC Sport Guidelines Women's Tennis

Section 13: NJAC Sport Guidelines Women's Tennis

41 Section 13: NJAC Sport Guidelines Women’s Tennis A. LEAGUE ORGANIZATION 1. Members Kean University Rutgers-Newark Ramapo Colllege The College of New Jersey Richard Stockton College William Paterson University Rutgers University-Camden 2. Regular Season Scheduling Format a. There will be no conference block schedule, meaning that each institution is responsible for scheduling matches with conference opponents on its own. However, a home-away pattern will be implemented to ensure that each program plays an equitable number of home and away matches in a given season.

b. Should a match require rescheduling due to inclement weather or facility problems, an agreement must be reached on a rescheduled date within three business days of the originally scheduled match. Should there be a problem in agreeing on the date, the chair should be informed immediately, and, in consultation with the Commissioner, will select a date. Failure to meet the chosen date will result in a forfeit. 3. Champion Determination a. The conference champion shall be determined by the team with the best win-loss record in conference play at the conclusion of the regular season. b. A tie will be broken based on head-to-head competition, meaning that co- champions will not be crowned.

a. The winner of the conference regular season will receive the automatic qualifier bid to the NCAA tournament. B. GENERAL REGULATIONS 1. Rules Governing Play a. The format for conference matches shall be 6 singles, 3 doubles, with the doubles played first. b. Singles matches will be best 2-of-3 sets and doubles matches an 8-game pro set. Regular scoring and the 12-point tie-breaker when games are 6-6 in singles and 8-8 in doubles shall be used. An alternate scoring format may be used if both coaches agree. If there is disagreement, the original format shall prevail.

c. ITA rules shall govern play. d. All conference matches must be played to a point of decision. e. The 48-hour rule will be used for conference matches that are suspended, meaning that a match which is continued within 48 hours of the postponed date will be completed from the point of suspension. A match that is resumed later than 48 hours from the point of suspension will be started over, and records, results, and line-ups from the suspended match will be voided. f. A complete line-up must be presented to the opposing coach or team captain 15 minutes prior to the start of the match. The exchange must be simultaneous. Once submitted, no substitutions may be made unless by mutual agreement of the coaches.

g. Coaches are required to bring all match records/results-to-date to every contest. Any coach has the right to review these records upon request. h. If either coach believes the line-up presented is not fair, then an appeal may be made to the referee, who will have the final decision about the correct

42 line-up. If such a decision cannot be made before the start of a match, the coach protesting the line-up should notify the opposing coach that a protest will be filed with the women’s tennis sport chair following the match, and the match should continue. (See Section D – “Protests” for further information.) i. The minimum number of players necessary to participate in a conference match is four. Fewer than that shall constitute a forfeit unless the other team chooses to allow a rescheduling (prior to the NJAIAW tournament). j. All competitors must be present by the designated default time. Defaults will occur from the bottom of the line-up.

k. Should a coach or player be ejected from a conference match, she/he must also sit out the next scheduled conference match. Should this occur during the last match of the season, the penalty will be applied to the first conference match the following year. l. The athletic director of the institution whose player/coach was ejected is responsible for notifying both the women’s tennis chair and the Commissioner within one business day after the contest (fax, voice mail or email). 2. Contest Site, Staff and Equipment a. The home team is responsible for providing match balls, singles sticks, and scorecards.

b. NJAC minimum medical care standards must be followed (see Section 2 of this manual). c. NJAC minimum standards for sports information must be followed (see Section 8 of this manual). d. The home team must report all conference individual match results via a stat crew statistical file immediately to the Commissioner for posting on the NJAC web site. e. Access to courts and team benches is restricted to enrolled student-athletes and employees of the institution. 3. Officials a. The home team is responsible for providing one USTA-certified match official.

C. CHAMPIONSHIP REGULATIONS 1. No post-season championship tournament is held. 2. Every effort will be made to make the championship trophy available at the championship clinching match for presentation by the Commissioner or sport chair. D. PROTESTS 1. Protests must be filed with the women’s tennis chair within one business day after the conclusion of a match. 2. The sport chair is responsible for notifying the Commissioner of any protest filed. 3. The sport chair and the Commissioner will review all protests jointly. If the sport chair’s institution is involved in the protest, the Commissioner will select a member of the Board of Athletic Administrators not involved in the protest to assist in making the decision. 4. An appeal of the protest decision may be made using the procedure outlined in Section 7 of this Policies and Procedures Manual.

43 E. AWARDS 1. General Regulations a. The nomination and selection process for all tennis awards shall be administered by the women’s tennis sport chair, assisted as needed by the Commissioner. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the conference awards policy (Section 4 of this manual) is followed throughout the process. b. The Commissioner will publicize all awards, unless another arrangement has been mutually agreed upon with an individual institution. c. Coaches may not vote for their own players. 2. All-Conference Team a. The team shall be comprised of 8 singles players and 4 doubles teams. The top eight singles players and the top four doubles teams will be selected for all-conference honors, meaning that the selections are not based on flight. b. Each coach shall be allowed to nominate a maximum of 6 singles players and 3 doubles teams from his/her own institution.

c. Coaches will list their selections in rank order (i.e., best player as #1, second best player as #2, etc.) 3. Player of the Year a. This award winner must be a member of the all-conference singles team. b. A player may be selected as both the conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 4. Rookie of the Year a. A rookie is defined as a first-year college player. b. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 5. Coach of the Year a. A minimum record of .500 in conference play is required for selection. b. Any coach who meets this requirement will be automatically placed on the ballot for consideration.

c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. F. MEETINGS 1. There are two annual coaches meetings: pre-season and post-season. 2. Both meetings may be conducted via conference call if so desired. 3. The head coach or institutional representative must attend/participate.

44 Section 13: NJAC Sport Guidelines Women’s Volleyball A. LEAGUE ORGANIZATION 1. Members Kean University Rowan University Montclair State University Rutgers University-Camden New Jersey City University Rutgers-Newark Ramapo College William Paterson University Richard Stockton College 2. Regular Season Scheduling Format a. All matches will be single round robin, in a best 3-of- 5 set format. b. The sport chair and Commissioner is responsible for determining and distributing a two-year master schedule. Conference matches will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 PM.

c. Conference standings will be determined by winning percentage. In the case of a tie, the following tie-breaking procedure will be used: Two-way tie 1. Head-to-head conference match results 2. Conference set record (best percentage) 3. Point differential based on total conference competition 4. Coin toss Three-way tie* 1. Head-to-head conference match results versus tied teams; if one team is eliminated, revert to two-way tie criteria 2. Conference set record with tied teams 3. Conference set record versus all conference teams 4. Point differential in sets versus tied teams 5. Point differential in sets versus all conference teams 6. Coin toss * NOTE: See p. 7 of Policies and Procedures Manual for interpretation of 3-way (or more) tiebreak procedure for all sports.

d. In the event that a match must be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., inclement weather, facility emergency), it must be rescheduled within 3 business days of the original date, to be played prior to the Sunday immediately preceding the NJAC tournament. 3. Champion Determination a. The conference champion is the winner of the conference championship tournament. b. The final regular season conference standings will be used to seed the championship tournament. c. The winner of the conference tournament will receive the automatic qualifier bid to the NCAA tournament.

i. In the event the tournament is unable to begin, the team which finished first in the regular season and received the top seed in the conference tournament will receive the AQ. ii. In the event the tournament has begun but is unable to be concluded, the highest remaining seed in the tournament will receive the AQ.

45 B. GENERAL REGULATIONS 1. Rules Governing Play a. NCAA rules will govern play. b. Should a player or coach be ejected from a match, she/he must also sit out the next scheduled match (conference or non-conference). c. The athletic director of the institution whose player/coach was ejected is responsible for notifying both the volleyball chair and the Commissioner within one business day after the contest (fax, voice mail or email). d. Procedure governing the default of a game or match is specified in the NCAA rulebook.

e. The NCAA rulebook procedure shall be followed in the event a match is begun but play suspended due to unforeseen circumstances. f. Timeouts in all league matches will be 75 seconds in length. 2. Contest Site, Staff and Equipment a. The NJAC minimal medical care standards are to be used for all matches (see Section 2 of this manual). b. A visible scoreboard placed safely outside the court area (as specified by NCAA rules) shall be provided. c. The NJAC minimum standards for sports information must be followed (see Section 8 of this manual). This includes providing an official NCAA box score and keeping statistics according to the NCAA stats manual by the home team.

d. The match protocol from the NCAA rulebook must be followed. The host team must provide the visiting team with 12 balls for use during the warm-up period. All 12 of the provided warm-up balls must be the official conference ball that will be used in the match. e. Access to team benches will be restricted to enrolled student-athletes and employees of the institution. 3. Officials a. A conference assignor will be contracted to assign officials for all league matches. b. All officials shall be rated USVBA. c. Two linespeople shall be provided by the home team. It is recommended that the linespeople be certified line judges.

C. CHAMPIONSHIP REGULATIONS 1. Tournament Format a. The championship shall be a six-team tournament. b. The #1 and #2 seeds receive a first-round bye. c. First-round matches will be played on the Tuesday prior to the championship match as follows: Match A: #6 at #3, 7:00 PM Match B: #5 at #4, 7:00 PM d. The semifinals will be played on the Thursday prior to the championship match as follows: Winner of Match A at #2 seed, 7:00 PM Winner of Match B at #1 seed, 7:00 PM e. The final will be played on the Saturday immediately following the semifinal round at the higher remaining seed. Match time will be determined by the host team.

f. For all tournament matches, the two linespeople shall be assigned officials.

46 2. Gate Fees/Expenses a. Gate fees will be charged for all rounds of the Championship Tournament. The NJAC policy for collecting gate fees and reimbursing expenses, as outlined in Section 1(B) of this manual, must be followed. b. The cost of officials will be shared by the participating teams in each tournament match when gate receipts do not cover officials costs as outlined in Section 1 (B) of this manual. D. PROTESTS 1. Protests must be filed in accordance with NCAA rules. 2. The volleyball chair must be notified within one business day following the match. 3. The volleyball chair is responsible for notifying the Commissioner of any protests filed. 4. The volleyball chair and the Commissioner will review all protests jointly. If the sport chair’s institution is involved in the protest, the Commissioner will appoint another member of the Board of Athletic Administrators whose institution was not involved in the protest to assist in the decision.

5. An appeal of this decision may be made following the procedure outlined in Section 7 of this Policies and Procedures Manual. E. AWARDS 1. General Regulations a. The volleyball chair will administer the nomination and selection process, assisted as needed by the Commissioner. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the conference awards policy (Section 4 of this manual) is followed throughout the process. b. The Commissioner is responsible for publicizing all awards, unless other arrangements have been mutually agreed upon with an individual institution. c. A conference staggered nomination system will be used based on a team’s final finish in conference regular season standings. The specific nomination limits will be determined by the NJAC Board of Athletic Administrators prior to the start of conference play.

d. Coaches may not vote for their own players or themselves. e. The signature of the athletic director or SWA is required on the nominating form. f. Conference-only statistics are to be used as supporting documentation for the nominations. g. Institutions which nominate a setter must specify if the nominated setter primarily plays in a 5-1 or a 6-2 alignment. 2. All-Conference Team a. A six-player first team and a six-player second team shall be selected by the head coaches. The top six players are selected regardless of position b. Any nominated player who receives 2 votes but is not selected to the all-conference team will be named honorable mention. 3. Player of the Year a. This award winner must be selected from the first team. b. Any player on the first-team is eligible, regardless of position. c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting.

47 4. Defensive Player of the Year a. This award winner does not have to be selected from the first team. b. The winner does not have to be a libero player, but must be nominated based on outstanding defensive performance. c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 5. Rookie of the Year a. A rookie is defined as a first year intercollegiate player. b. This award winner does not have to be a member of the first-team. c. A vote for Rookie of the Year still must take place even in the event that only one first-year player is selected to the first-team all-conference squad. d. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 6. Coach of the Year a. Any coach with a .500 or better record in regular season conference play will automatically be placed on the ballot.

b. This award will be known as the “Joy Solomen Coach of the Year Award.” c. Each coach will cast one vote for this honor. d. This award must be selected via conference call u sing open/vocal voting. F. MEETINGS 1. There will be two annual coaches meetings: pre-season and post-season. 2. Both meetings may be conducted via conference call if so desired. 3. The head coach or institutional representative must attend/participate.

48 Section 13: NJAC Sport Guidelines Football A. LEAGUE ORGANIZATION 1. Members Kean University Southern Virginia University Montclair State University SUNY Cortland Morrisville State College The College of New Jersey Rowan University William Paterson University 2. Regular Season Scheduling a. A single round robin format shall be scheduled with all league members. If teams choose to schedule each other twice in a season, the first game played shall be the only game that will count toward league standings. b. The Commissioner, in conjunction with the sport chair, will develop a composite block schedule for league play on a year-to-year basis with home and away sites alternating in various years.

c. In the event that circumstances force a game to be postponed, every effort should be made to play the game on the following day, and it must be rescheduled to be played no later than the Monday following the originally scheduled date. Once a game has begun, cancellation or suspension is at the discretion of the game officials. 4. Champion/NCAA Automatic Bid Determination a. The team with the best conference record in regular season play will be declared the conference champion and will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

b. If two teams finish the conference season tied for first place with identical conference records, co-champions will be declared and the tiebreaker procedure listed in (A4c) will only be used to determine the conference’s automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. c. In case of a tie for first place, the tiebreaker will be determined as follows: i. Two teams tied: The winner in head-to-head competition ii. Three teams tied*: 1. Winner in head-to-head competition – team with best record against other two combined is declared champion 2. Results versus next highest ranked conference team (4th , 5th , 6th , 7th , 8th ) until tie is broken 3. First Half Scoring Differential Among Three Tied Teams 4. First Half Scoring Differential in All Conference Games 5. Random Draw * NOTE: See p. 7 of Policies and Procedures Manual for interpretation of 3-way (or more) tiebreak procedure for all sports.

B. GENERAL REGULATIONS 1. Rules Governing Play a. NCAA rules will be in effect. b. The NCAA ejection rules are to be applied in all games. The athletic director of the institution whose player/coach was ejected is responsible for notifying both the football chair and the Commissioner within one business day after the contest (fax, voice mail or email). The Commissioner will then inform the opposing team’s coach if the next game is a conference contest. c. Ejections for targeting that occur in the second half can be appealed to the Commissioner and sent to the NCAA national coordinator for video review.

49 If the national coordinator upholds the second half targeting ejection, the player must sit out the first half of the next scheduled contest. If the national coordinator overturns the second targeting ejection, the player will not be required to sit out the first half of the next scheduled contest. Targeting ejections that occur in the first half of a contest will not be reviewed, meaning that the ejected player will be required to sit out the second half of the game in which they were ejected. d. Visiting teams must wear appropriate uniforms as outlined in NCAA rules. e. The twenty-minute half-time clock starts once the field is cleared. The clock may not begin if an injured player remains on the field. 2. Rosters a. The number of players paid for and/or unpaid for attending pre-season camp shall not exceed 100.

b. The number of players on the roster for the regular season shall not at any time exceed 100. c. The maximum number of players dressing varsity for all games (conference or non-conference) shall be at the institution’s discretion, but shall never exceed 100. 3. Contest Site, Staff and Equipment a. The NJAC minimum medical care guidelines must be followed, including an ambulance and physician on site at all games (see Section 2 of this manual). b. The NJAC minimum standards for sports information must be followed (see Section 8 of this manual).

c. Teams are required to use their choice of the Wilson1001, 1005 or GTS in conference games. Four properly inflated game balls must be provided by the home team for conference games. Game balls are to be returned to the home team. If the two teams prefer to use different balls on offense, then the visiting team shall provide four game balls for their own use, to be returned by the home team at the end of the game. d. Each team (both home and visitor) is responsible for providing its own communication system. The home team is not obligated to provide any communication devices for the visiting team.

e. A fence around the field is recommended for crowd control. f. No conference games may be played under portable lighting. g. The visiting team official band must be approved one week in advance of the scheduled contest. h. The home team arranges the logistics for radio broadcasting. i. All conference games involving an overnight stay for the visiting team must begin no later than 1:00 PM unless there is mutual administrative agreement between the two competing institutions. j. Access to team benches/sidelines is restricted to enrolled student-athletes and employees of the institution.

k. Photographers or videographers, whether employed by the institution or not, are not permitted in the team bench area at any time. 4. Tickets/Passes a. Visiting students with ID may be charged a maximum of $2.00. b. The host institution is not required to provide complimentary tickets to the visiting team. c. NJAC scouting passes will be honored at all regular season games.

50 5. Game Footage Exchange Procedures a. Hudl will be the official internet exchange company used by the conference. b. Teams will be required to upload the game footage to the Hudl server by 10:00 AM on the Sunday following each contest. c. An institution that is experiencing difficulty with the downloading of an opponent’s game footage should first contact a representative from the opposing team before soliciting assistance from Hudl or the conference office. d. The NJAC football video guidelines should be followed in regard to the capturing and exchanging of all game footage for both conference and non-conference contests.

6. Officials a. The ECFOA will serve as the assignor of officials for all league contests. b. Seven officials must be used for all conference games. c. The ECFOA must approve two clock operators for each conference contest – one for the game clock and one for the 40-second clock. d. The home team must provide a four-person college-aged sideline crew. The chain crew must report to the head field official 30 minutes prior to game time and the ball-persons 20 minutes prior to game time. e. The host institution is also required to provide an opposite side first down line-to-gain marker (not a line of scrimmage marker) to be placed on the ground in a tape-like manner.

C. CHAMPIONSHIP REGULATIONS 1. There is no championship tournament. The conference champion is determined by the final regular season standings. D. PROTESTS 1. The football chair must be notified of the protest within one business day following the game. 2. The football chair is responsible for notifying the Commissioner of any protests filed. 3. The football chair and the Commissioner will review all protests jointly. If the sport chair’s institution is involved in the protest, the Commissioner will appoint another member of the Board of Athletic Administrators whose institution was not involved in the protest to assist in the decision.

4. An appeal of this decision may be made following the procedure outlined in Section 7 of this Policies and Procedures Manual. E. AWARDS 1. General Regulations a. The football sport chair will administer the nomination and selection process, assisted by the Commissioner as needed. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the conference awards policy (Section 4 of this manual) is followed throughout the process. b. The Commissioner is responsible for publicizing all awards, unless other arrangements have been mutually agreed upon with an individual institution. c. A conference staggered nomination system will be used based on a team’s final finish in conference regular season standings. The specific nomination limits will be determined by the NJAC Board of Athletic Administrators prior to the start of the conference season.

51 d. Each coach will send his team’s all-conference nominations to the sport chair by the first Thursday in November. e. The all-conference teams will be selected on the first Thursday following the last regularly-scheduled game of the season. f. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players or themselves. 2. All-Conference Team a. One first-team (14 offense, 14 defense, 4 special teams) and one second - team (14 offense, 14 defense, 4 special teams) will be selected. The offensive team will consist of 5 linemen, 1 tight end, 3 wide receivers, 2 running backs, 1 quarterback, 1 fullback, and one additional offensive player. The defensive team will consist of 4 down linemen, 4 linebackers, 2 cornerbacks, 2 safeties, an additional defensive back (corner or safety), and one additional defensive player. If no nominations are submitted for one or more of the specified positions, that position(s) will be filled with an appropriate offensive or defensive at-large selection(s). b. Any nominated player who receives two or more votes and is not selected to the first or second-team will be named honorable mention. In addition, each head coach will be allowed two at-large honorable mention selections (one for an offensive player, one for a defensive player). 3. Players of the Year a. The Offensive Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year will be selected from the first-team all-conference team. b. The Defensive Player of the Year award will be known as the “Sam Mills Defensive Player of the Year Award”.

c. Any individual selected to the first-team is eligible for the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards, even individuals selected at-large. d. A Special Teams Player of the Year will also be selected. The Special Teams Player of the Year does not have to be a member of the first-team all-conference team. e. All three awards must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 4. Rookies of the Year a. One offensive player and one defensive player will be selected. b. A rookie is defined as a first-year college player. c. Both awards must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting.

5. Coach of the Year a. A coach must have a minimum .500 winning percentage in conference play to be considered for selection. b. Any coach meeting this criteria will be automatically placed on the ballot for consideration. c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. F. MEETINGS 1. There will be two annual meetings of the football coaches: a. Fall (this all-conference selection meeting will be held on the Thursday after the final weekend of the regular season and will be conducted via conference call) b. Spring (this may be held in-person or via conference call) 2. All head coaches or institutional representatives are required to attend all meetings.

52 Section 13: NJAC Sport Guidelines Field Hockey A. LEAGUE ORGANIZATION 1. Members Kean University Rowan University Montclair State University The College of New Jersey Ramapo College William Paterson University Richard Stockton College 2. Regular Season Scheduling Format a. Each team plays a single round-robin schedule against every conference team, home and away in alternating years, for a total of six games in the league schedule. b. The Commissioner, in conjunction with the field hockey sport chair, will produce a conference block schedule featuring a Tuesday/Saturday scheduling option. The home institution will have the final determination as to whether the scheduled game is played on Tuesday or Saturday. Beginning in the 2015 season, the conference will move to set date schedule. c. A conference game that is unable to be played (i.e., never started) due to unforeseeable circumstances (e.g., severe weather, failure of officials to arrive) will be played on the following Monday unless otherwise agreed upon by the two teams involved, but must be completed no later than the day preceding the conference tournament.

B. CHAMPION DETERMINATION 1. The conference champion will be determined by a single elimination, end-of-season tournament involving the top four teams in the final regular season standings. The tournament will take place on the Wednesday and Saturday preceding the NCAA Tournament selections. 2. The tournament champion will receive the automatic qualifier bid to the NCAA Tournament. a. In the event that the tournament is begun but not completed, the highest remaining seed at the time play is stopped will be named the conference champion and will receive the NCAA automatic bid. b. In the event that the tournament never begins, the team which finishes first in the regular season and receives the top seed in the tournament will be named the conference champion and will receive the NCAA automatic bid.

2. FIH rules will be followed to break a tie in any conference game. C. GENERAL REGULATIONS 1. Rules Governing Play a. FIH rules with NCAA modifications will be used for all conference games. b. A minimum 30-minute warm-up period shall be provided prior to the scheduled game time. c. Should the visiting team arrive late (i.e., past the scheduled game time), a 10-minute warm-up period will be given. d. Any player or coach having received a red card in a game for flagrant misconduct will be ineligible to coach/play in the next scheduled game (conference or non-conference).

e. The athletic director of the institution whose player/coach was ejected is responsible for notifying both the field hockey chair and the Commissioner within one business day after the contest (fax, voice mail or email). f. In the event a contest is begun but play is suspended and unable to be continued due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., facility emergency, power failure, etc.), the contest shall be resumed, upon rescheduling, at the point of

53 suspension, per the NCAA rule modification. Halted games must be rescheduled to be completed within the following week (defined as Sunday- Saturday) unless otherwise agreed upon by the institutions involved, but must be completed prior to the day before the start of the NJAC Tournament. g. Home teams are responsible for videotaping all conference contests and uploading the footage using the conference’s designated video exchange service. Home teams must also tape and upload footage of all conference tournament contests in the same manner as the regular season conference games.

2. Contest Site, Staff and Equipment a. The NJAC minimum medical care standards must be followed (see Section 2 of this manual). b. The NJAC minimum standards for sports information must be followed (see Section 8 of this manual). This includes tables and chairs for scorekeeper and timer at the 50 yd. line. c. Recommended field size is 100x60 yards. It is also recommended that the field be enclosed. d. Goal cages should meet minimum established FIH regulations with NCAA modifications. e. A minimum of two college-aged ball retrievers (i.e., sideline runners) should be provided by the home team.

f. Access to team benches and sidelines is restricted to enrolled students and employees of the institution. 3. Officials a. Each member institution must use the approved league assignor. b. All officials assigned must hold a sectional or national USFHA rating. D. CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS 1. The four teams with the best record in conference play will advance to the conference tournament. 2. Seeding for the tournament will be based on the final regular season standings for the conference, with each game played at the site of the higher seed. 3. In the event that two or more teams have identical conference records, the following tie- breaker system will be used to determine final berths and seeding for the tournament: First Place a. Head to head competition. b. Team with the best record versus teams ranked below, place-by-place, until tie is broken (e.g., vs. 2nd place, then vs. 3rd place, etc.) c. Fewest goals allowed in all conference games d. Team with greatest goal differential* in all conference games. e. Team with the greatest goal differential* versus teams ranked below, place- by-place, until tie is broken.

f. Coin toss; if 3 or more teams tied, coin toss; odd team out is seeded first, then toss again, with winner seeded second and loser third. Second Place a. Head to head competition. b. Team with the best record versus teams ranked below, place-by-place, until tie is broken (e.g., vs. 1st place, then 3rd place, 4th place, etc.) c. Fewest goals allowed in all conference games d. Team with greatest goal differential* in all conference games. e. Team with the greatest goal differential* versus teams ranked above, then below place-by-place, until tie is broken.

f. Coin toss; if 3 or more teams tied, coin toss; odd team out is seeded second, then toss again, with winner seeded third and loser fourth.

54 Third Place a. Head to head competition. b. Team with the best record versus teams ranked above, then below, place-by-place, until tie is broken (e.g., vs. 1st place, 2nd , place, then 4th place, 5th place, etc.) c. Fewest goals allowed in all conference games d. Team with greatest goal differential* in all conference games. e. Team with the greatest goal differential* versus teams ranked above, then below place-by-place, until tie is broken. f. Coin toss; if 3 or more teams tied, coin toss; odd team out is seeded third; a play-in game between the two remaining teams will be conducted on the Monday prior to the start of the tournament to determine the fourth seed. A coin toss will determine the site of the play-in game.

Fourth Place a. Head to head competition. b. Team with the best record versus teams ranked above, then below, place- by-place, until tie is broken (e.g., vs. 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd, place, then 5th place, etc.) c. Fewest goals allowed in all conference games d. Team with the greatest goal differential* in all conference games. e. Team with the greatest goal differential* versus teams ranked above, then below, place-by-place, until tie is broken. f. Coin toss; if 3 or more teams are tied, a mini-playoff will take place to determine the fourth seed. A three-way coin toss will determine the pairings, and the odd team out will be given a bye: the remaining two teams will play on Monday with the site determined by coin toss; the winner of the Monday game plays the bye team on Tuesday at site of Monday winner. The winner of the Tuesday game receives the fourth seed in the tournament. * NOTE: Goal differential is defined as goals scored minus goals allowed, to a maximum of a 3 goal differential per game. See p. 7 of Policies and Procedures Manual for interpretation of 3-way (or more) tiebreak procedure for all sports.

4. The tournament format will be as follows: Semifinals Game A: #4 at #1 Game B: #3 at #2 Championship Winner Game A vs. Winner Game B (at highest remaining seed) E. PROTESTS 1. The field hockey chair must be notified of the protest within one business day following the game. 2. The field hockey chair is responsible for notifying the Commissioner of any protests filed. 3. The field hockey chair and the Commissioner will review all protests jointly. If the sport chair’s institution is involved in the protest, the Commissioner will appoint another member of the Board of Athletic Administrators whose institution was not involved in the protest to assist in the decision.

55 4. An appeal of this decision may be made following the procedure outlined in Section 7 of this Policies and Procedures Manual. F. AWARDS 1. General Regulations a. The field hockey chair will administer the nomination and selection process for all awards, assisted by the Commissioner as needed. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the conference awards policy (Section 4 of this manual) is followed throughout the process. b. The Commissioner is responsible for publicizing all awards, unless other arrangements have been mutually agreed upon with an individual institution. c. A conference staggered nomination system will be used based on a team’s final finish in conference regular season standings. The specific nomination limits will be determined by the NJAC Board of Athletic Administrators. d. Coaches may not vote for their own players or themselves. e. Only NJAC conference-only statistics may be used to support nominations. 2. All-Conference Team a. A 16-member all-conference team will be selected. The team will consist of 5 attack players, 5 midfielders and 5 defenders, plus 1 goalkeeper. The specific positional allocations may be changed at the discretion of the NJAC Awards Committee and Board of Athletic Administrators.

b. Any nominated player who receives 2 votes but is not selected to the all- conference team will be named honorable mention. 3. Players of the Year a. An Offensive Player of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Goaltender of the Year will be selected from among those named to the first-team all-conference squad. b. The Goaltender of the Year is automatically the goaltender selected to the first- team all-conference squad. c. The Offensive Player of the Year must be one of the first-team attackers. d. The Midfielder of the Year must be one of the first-team midfielders. e. The Defensive Player of the Year must be one of the first-team defenders. f. The Offensive Player of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year awards must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 4. Rookie of the Year a. A rookie is defined as a first year intercollegiate player. b. This player is not required to be a member of the all-conference team. c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 5. Coach of the Year a. Coaches must be .500 or better in conference play to qualify. b. Any coach who meets this criteria will be automatically placed on the ballot for consideration.

c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. G. MEETINGS 1. There are two annual coaches meetings: pre-season and post-season. 2. Both meetings may be conducted via conference call if so desired. 3. The head coach or institutional representative must attend/participate.

56 Section 13: NJAC Sport Guidelines Women’s and Men’s Cross Country A. LEAGUE ORGANIZATION 1. Members a. Women New Jersey City University Rutgers University-Camden Ramapo College Rutgers-Newark Richard Stockton College The College of New Jersey Rowan University b. Men New Jersey City University Rutgers University-Camden Ramapo College Rutgers-Newark Richard Stockton College The College of New Jersey Rowan University 2. Regular Season Scheduling Format a. There is no compulsory regular season scheduling among conference schools. 3. Champion Determination a. The winner of the conference meet is declared the conference champion. B. GENERAL REGULATIONS 1. Rules Governing Competition a. NCAA rules govern all competition. 2. Contest Site, Staff and Equipment a. An approved, NCAA-measured course is required to host a competition. b. The NJAC minimum medical care standards must be followed (see Section 2 of this manual).

c. The NJAC minimum standards for sports information must be followed (see Section 8 of this manual). 3. Officials a. A certified timer is required for all competition. C. CHAMPIONSHIP MEET REGULATIONS 1. Institutions may enter as many runners as they choose. 2. There are no minimum qualifying times required to compete. 3. The first five finishers from each school will score with the sixth and seventh finishers displacing. 4. The host institution will have the option of charging admission to the championship meet. If it chooses to charge admission, the host institution will be responsible for printing tickets and providing the ticket sellers, ticket takers, etc. The NJAC policy for collecting gate fees and reimbursing expenses, as outlined in Section 1(B) of this manual, must be followed. Gate fees generated will be used to offset meet costs such as officials and the timing system, and will not be used to offset host staffing costs.

57 D. PROTESTS 1. The cross country chair must be notified of the protest within one business day following the meet. 2. The cross country chair is responsible for notifying the Commissioner of any protests filed. 3. The cross country chair and the Commissioner will review all protests jointly. If the sport chair’s institution is involved in the protest, the Commissioner will appoint another member of the Board of Athletic Administrators whose institution was not involved in the protest to assist in the decision.

4. An appeal of this decision may be made following the procedure outlined in Section 7 of this Policies and Procedures Manual. E. AWARDS 1. General Regulations a. The cross country sport chair will administer the process, assisted by the Commissioner as needed. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the conference awards policy (Section 4 of this manual) is followed throughout the process. b. The Commissioner is responsible for publicizing all awards, unless other arrangements have been mutually agreed upon with an individual institution. c. Awards are determined by finish position in the conference championship race. 2. All-Conference Teams a. There shall be a 14 member all-conference team for both the women and the men. The all-conference team shall consist of a 7-member first team and a 7-member second team. The first 7 finishers shall be named to the first team and the second 7 finishers shall be named to the second team.

b. No more than 7 individuals from any one team may be named to the all-conference team. c. The top finisher in each race shall be designated Runner of the Year. 3. Runners of the Year a. The top finisher in each race shall be designated Runner of the Year. 4. Rookies of the Year a. The top first-year participating finisher in each race shall be designated Rookie of the Year. b. A rookie is defined as a first-year participant in the sport of cross country. A student-athlete who has previously participated in indoor and/or outdoor track and field will be eligible for the Rookie of the Year award if she or he is a first-time participant in the sport of cross country.

5. Coaches of the Year a. One women’s team Coach of the Year and one men’s team Coach of the Year will be voted on annually at the championship meet. Coaches may not vote for themselves. F. MEETINGS 1. There are two annual coaches meetings: pre-championship and post-championship. 2. Both meetings may be held via conference call if so desired. 3. The head coach or institutional representative must attend/participate.

58 Section 13: NJAC Sport Guidelines Men’s Soccer A. LEAGUE ORGANIZATION 1. Members Kean University Rowan University Montclair State University Rutgers University-Camden New Jersey City University Rutgers-Newark Ramapo College The College of New Jersey Richard Stockton College William Paterson University 2. Regular Season Scheduling Format a. A single round-robin format will be used, with teams playing home and away in alternate years. b. Conference games are played on Wednesdays and Saturdays. c. The Commissioner, in coordination with both the men’s and women’s soccer chairs, will develop a master schedule every two years, including dates for the conference tournament.

d. In the event that a team is delayed en route to a contest, there shall be a 30 minute waiting period before declaring a conference forfeit. In the event the home team has been notified of a travel delay due to an emergency situation, the home team shall wait for the visiting team; a maximum warm-up time of 30 minutes shall be provided to the visiting team. e. In the event that a contest must be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., inclement weather, facility emergency), it must be rescheduled within 3 business days of the original date, to be played prior to the last regularly scheduled conference game.

3. Champion Determination a. The conference champion will be determined by a single elimination, end-of-season tournament involving the top six teams in the regular season standings. The days of the tournament shall be Sat/Tue/Fri in even number years, and Sat/Wed/Sat in odd number years. b. Regular season standings will be determined by awarding 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and no points for a loss. The order of finish in the regular season standings will determine seeding for the conference tournament.

c. The tournament champion will receive the automatic qualifier bid for the NCAA Tournament. i. In the event that the tournament is begun but not completed, the highest remaining seed at the time play is stopped will be named the conference champion and receive the NCAA automatic bid. ii. In the event the tournament never begins, the team which finishes first in the regular season and receives the top seed in the tournament will be named the conference champion and receive the NCAA automatic bid. B. GENERAL REGULATIONS 1. Rules Governing Play a. NCAA rules will be used for all conference games. b. A record of all yellow and red cards must be reported to the institution’s sports information director after each game via stat crew files.

c. In the event a regular season game is suspended or interrupted at or after the 70 minute mark, the game shall be considered a complete game. There shall be a minimum waiting period of 60 minutes before calling the game.

59 2. Contest Site, Staff and Equipment a. The NJAC minimum medical care standards must be followed (see Section 2 of this manual). b. The NJAC minimum standards for sports information must be followed (see Section 8 of this manual). c. For conference matches, the field shall be ready for warm-ups one hour prior to game time, including placement of goals, nets and corner flags. d. The field must be secured from spectators by a fence, chain, and/or rope not closer than ten feet from the field of play. e. The home team is responsible for having a “field representative” greet the visiting team and show them to their locker room.

f. A standard pre-game clock operating procedure will be used for all conference matches - both in the regular season and in the conference tournament. The warm- up time allocated for the second game of a doubleheader will be reduced, but all other facets of the pre-game schedule will apply. Pre-game clocks are to be set to expire at the actual contracted start time of each match. The following pre-game schedule will be followed: Pre-Game Clock Reads: 60:00 Field available for team-warm-ups 30:00 Captains and officials meet at mid-field 15:00 Game rosters submitted and exchanged 7:00 Horn sounds and teams clear field/Introductions begin 3:00 National anthem 0:00 Game begins g. The home team must provide at least two college-aged sideline runners to retrieve balls that go out of bounds.

h. Access to team benches and sidelines is restricted to enrolled students and employees of the institution. 3. Officials a. Officials must be assigned by the conference-designated assignor. b. All contests must have three officials assigned. If one official is missing and a qualified substitute cannot be found (per NCAA protocol), the game will be played with two officials using the dual system of one official in the middle and one on the sideline. c. If only one official is available, the game will not be played. The game shall be rescheduled following the policy in (A)(2)(d).

C. CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS 1. The six teams with the highest point total accumulation in conference play will advance to the conference tournament. 2. Seeding for the tournament will be based on the final regular season standings for the conference, with each game played at the site of the higher seed. 3. In the event that two or more teams have identical point totals, the following tie-breaker system will be used to determine final berths and seeding for the tournament: First Place a. Head to head competition. b. Team with the best record versus teams ranked below, place-by-place, until tie is broken (e.g.vs. 2nd place, then vs. 3rd place, etc.) c. Team with greatest goal differential* in all conference games. d. Team with the greatest goal differential* versus teams ranked below, place-by-place, until tie is broken.

e. Coin toss; if 3 or more teams tied, coin toss; odd team out is seeded first, then toss again, with winner seeded second and loser third.

60 Second Place through Sixth Place a. Head to head competition. b. Team with the best record versus teams ranked above, place-by-place, then below, place-by-place, until tie is broken (e.g., if for 2nd place, record vs. 1st place team, then vs. 3rd place team, then 4th place team, etc.). c. Team with the greatest goal differential* in all conference games. d. Team with the greatest goal differential* versus all teams ranked above, place-by-place, then below, place-by-place, until tie is broken. e. Coin toss if for any place above 6th place; if for 6th place, a play-in game on Thursday with site determined by coin toss. If unable to play due to inclement weather, a coin toss will determine 6th place.

1. Three-way coin toss: i. For 2nd place three-way tie: coin toss, odd team out is seeded 2nd ; then toss again, with winner seeded 3rd and loser seeded 4th . ii. For 3rd place three-way tie, odd team out awarded 3rd place; toss again, with winner 4th and loser 5th . iii. For 4th place three-way tie: coin toss, odd team out is seeded 4th ; then toss again, with winner 5th and loser 6th. iv. For 5th place three-way tie: coin toss, odd team out is seeded 5th ; play-in game on Thursday between other two teams, home site determined by coin toss, winner seeded 6th .

v. For 6th place three way tie: Mini playoff: Three-way coin toss determines pairings, odd team out given a bye: remaining teams play on Thursday with site determined by coin toss; winner of mini-playoff plays bye team at site of mini playoff winner on Friday. Friday winner is seeded 6th . * NOTE: Goal differential is defined as goals scored minus goals allowed, to a maximum of a 3 goal differential per game. See p. 7 of Policies and Procedures Manual for interpretation of 3-way (or more) tiebreak procedure for all sports.

D. The tournament will be scheduled as follows: First round Game A: #6 at #3 Game B: #5 at #4 Semifinals Game C: Winner of Game A at #2 Game D: Winner of Game B at #1 Final Winner of Game C vs. Winner of Game D (higher seed will host) E. Days of the first round and final round games will alternate between the men and the women, such that on even-number years the men will play Saturday/Tuesday/Friday and the women will play Saturday/Wednesday/Saturday, and the schedule will reverse in odd-number years. F. All conference tournament games will follow the NCAA Tournament tie-breaker format. G. In the event of inclement weather, the NJAC men’s soccer chair will make the final decision in consultation with the athletic directors of the schools involved in the tournament, and the Commissioner (if present).

61 H. In the event a conference tournament game is suspended or interrupted at or after the 70 minute mark, the game will be rescheduled for the following day and resumed from the point of interruption, unless both institutions agree to have the game result stand as is. I. Each host institution shall provide: a. 4 college-aged sideline runners for each game b. locker areas for each team c. game balls d. appropriate competition site security e. media accommodations f. tournament programs J. Gate Receipts a. The conference policy regarding gate fees and expense reimbursement, as outlined in Section 1 (B) of this manual, shall be followed. K. PROTESTS 1. The men’s soccer chair must be notified of the protest within one business day following the game.

2. The men’s soccer chair is responsible for notifying the Commissioner of any protests filed. 3. The men’s soccer chair and the Commissioner will review all protests jointly. If the sport chair’s institution is involved in the protest, the Commissioner will appoint another member of the Board of Athletic Administrators whose institution was not involved in the protest to assist in the decision. 4. An appeal of this decision may be made following the procedure outlined in Section 7 of this Policies and Procedures Manual.

L. AWARDS 1. General Regulations a. The men’s soccer chair will administer the nomination and selection process, assisted by the Commissioner as needed. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the conference awards policy (Section 4 of this manual) is followed throughout the process. b. The Commisioner will publicize all awards, unless an arrangement has been agreed upon otherwise with a particular institution. c. A conference staggered nomination system will be used based on a team’s final finish in conference regular season standings. The specific nomination limits will be determined by the NJAC Board of Athletic Administrators d. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players or themselves. 2. All-Conference Team a. A first and second all-conference team will be selected, consisting of the following players: one goalkeeper, four backs, four midfielders and four forwards. b. All other nominees not selected but receiving two votes will be placed on the honorable mention all-conference team.

3. Players of the Year a. One Offensive Player of the Year, one Defensive Player, one Midfielder of the Year, and one Goalkeeper of the Year will be selected from among the members of the all- conference first team. b. The Midfielder of the Year award will be known as the “Pat Baldiserra Midfielder of the Year Award”. c. The Offensive Player of the Year must be one of the first-team forwards.

62 d. The Defensive Player of the Year must be one of the first-team backs. e. The Midfielder of the Year must be one of the first-team midfielders. f. The Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Midfielder of the Year Awards must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 4. Rookie of the Year a. This award will be given to the conference’s best first-year intercollegiate player. b. The Rookie of the Year is not required to be a member of the all-conference team, even if a first-year player is selected to the first-team.

c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 5. Coach of the Year a. Coaches must have a .500 record or better in conference competition to be eligible for consideration. b. Any coach meeting this requirement will be automatically placed on the ballot. c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 6. David Logar Award a. This award is selected by the coach of the team which finishes first in the conference standings during the regular season. It is given annually to the player on his team who best exemplifies the traits of leadership and courage.

M. MEETINGS 1. There are two annual coaches meetings: pre-season and post-season. 2. Both meetings may be held via conference call if so desired. 3. The head coach or an institutional representative must attend/participate.

63 Section 13: NJAC Sport Guidelines Women’s Soccer A. LEAGUE ORGANIZATION 1. Members Kean University Rowan University Montclair State University Rutgers University-Camden New Jersey City University Rutgers-Newark Ramapo College The College of New Jersey Richard Stockton College William Paterson University 2. Regular Season Scheduling Format a. A single round-robin format will be used, with teams playing home and away in alternate years. b. Conference games are played on Wednesdays and Saturdays. c. The Commissioner, in conjunction with both the women’s and men’s soccer sport chairs, will develop a master schedule annually which will include both regular season competition and the conference tournament schedule. d. In the event that a team is delayed en route to a contest, there shall be a 30 minute waiting period before declaring a conference forfeit. In the event the home team has been notified of a travel delay due to an emergency situation, the home team shall wait for the visiting team; a maximum warm-up time of 30 minutes shall be provided to the visiting team.

e. In the event that a contest must be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., inclement weather, facility emergency), it must be rescheduled within 3 business days of the original date, to be played prior to the last regularly scheduled conference game. 3. Champion Determination a. The conference champion will be determined by a single elimination, end-of- season tournament. The days of the tournament shall be Sat/Wed/Sat in even number years, and Sat/Tue/Fri in odd number years. b. The six teams with the highest point accumulation during regular season conference play will participate in the tournament. Regular season standings will be determined by awarding 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and no points for a loss. The order of finish in the regular season standings will determine seedings for the conference tournament.

c. The tournament champion will receive the automatic qualifier bid for the NCAA Tournament. i. In the event that the tournament is begun but cannot be completed, the conference champion will be the highest remaining seed in the tournament. ii. In the event the tournament has not begun and cannot be completed, the conference champion will be the team finishing first in regular season conference play and receiving the top seed in the tournament. B. GENERAL REGULATIONS 1. Rules Governing Play a. NCAA rules will be used for all conference games. a. NCAA rules require a player or coach to sit out the next scheduled game as the penalty for fighting/ejection or excessive accumulation of yellow/red cards as outlined in the rules.

b. A record of all yellow and red cards must be reported to the institution’s sports information director via stat crew file reporting. b. In the event a regular season game is suspended or interrupted at or after the 70 minute mark, the game shall be considered a complete game. There shall be a minimum waiting period of 60 minutes before calling the game.

64 2. Contest Site, Staff and Equipment a. The NJAC minimum medical care standards must be followed (see Section 2 of this manual). b. The NJAC minimum standards for sports information must be followed (see Section 8 of this manual), including the following: c. The field must be ready for warm-ups one hour prior to game time, including placement of goals, nets and corner flags. d. The field must be secured from spectators by a fence, chain, and/or rope not closer than ten feet from the field of play. e. The home team is responsible for having a “field representative” greet the visiting team and show them to their locker room.

f. The official NCAA tournament ball shall be used for all conference games. g. A standard pre-game clock operating procedure will be used for all conference matches - both in the regular season and in the conference tournament. The warm-up time allocated for the second game of a doubleheader will be reduced, but all other facets of the pre-game schedule will apply. Pre-game clocks are to be set to expire at the actual contracted start time of each match. The following pre-game schedule will be followed: Pre-Game Clock Reads: 60:00 Field available for team-warm-ups 30:00 Captains and officials meet at mid-field 15:00 Game rosters submitted and exchanged 7:00 Horn sounds and teams clear field/Introductions begin 3:00 National anthem 0:00 Game begins h. The home team must provide at least two college-aged sideline runners to retrieve balls that go out of bounds.

i. Access to team benches and sidelines is restricted to enrolled students and employees of the institution. 3. Officials a. Officials must be assigned by the conference-designated assignor. b. Three officials must be assigned to all contests. If one official is missing and a substitute cannot be found (per NCAA protocol), the game will be played with two officials who will keep to the dual diagonal system. c. If only one official is available, the game will not be played. The game shall be rescheduled following the policy in (A)(2)(d).

C. CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS 1. Format a. The tournament will be a single elimination format held at the conclusion of the regular season but prior to the NCAA Tournament. The six teams with the highest point accumulation in regular season conference competition will participate. b. Seedings for the tournament will be based on the final regular season standings for the conference, with each game played at the site of the higher seed. c. In the event that two or more teams have identical point totals, the following tie-breaker system will be used to determine final berths and seedings for the tournament based on regular season conference competition:

65 First Place a. Head to head competition. b. Team with best record versus teams ranked below, place-by-place, until tie is broken (e.g., vs. 2nd place, then vs. 3rd place, etc.) c. Team with greatest goal differential* in all conference games. d. Team with the greatest goal differential versus teams ranked below, place-by-place, until tie is broken. e. Coin toss; if 3 or more teams tied, coin toss; odd team out is seeded first, then toss again, with winner seeded second and loser third. Second Place through Sixth Place a. Head to head competition. b. Team with the best record versus teams ranked above, place-by-place, then below, place-by-place, until tie is broken (e.g., if for 2nd place, record vs. 1st place team, then vs. 3rd place team, then 4th place team, etc.).

c. Team with the greatest goal differential* in all conference games. d. Team with the greatest goal differential* versus all teams ranked above, place by place, then below, place by place, until tie is broken. e. Coin toss if for any place above 6th place; if for 6th place, a play-in game to be played on Thursday with site determined by coin toss. If unable to play due to inclement weather, a coin toss will determine 6th place. Three-way coin toss: i. For 2nd place three-way tie: coin toss, odd team out is seeded 2nd ; then toss again, with winner seeded 3rd and loser seeded 4th .

ii. For 3rd place three-way tie, odd team out awarded 3rd place; then toss again, with winner seeded 4th and loser seeded 5th . iii. For 4th place three-way tie: coin toss, odd team out is seeded 4th , then toss again, with winner seeded 5th and loser seeded 6th . iv. For 5th place three-way tie: coin toss, odd team out is seeded 5th , play-in game prior to the start of the tournament between other two teams on Thursday, with home site determined by coin toss, winner seeded 6th . v. For 6th place three way tie: Mini playoff: Three-way coin toss determines pairings, odd team out given a bye: remaining teams play on Thursday with site determined by coin toss; winner of mini-playoff plays bye team at site of mini playoff winner on Friday. Winner of Friday game is seeded 6th .

*NOTE: Goal differential is defined as goals scored minus goals allowed, to a maximum differential of 3 goals per game. See p. 7 of Policies and Procedures Manual for interpretation of 3-way (or more) tiebreak procedure for all sports. 2. The tournament will be scheduled as follows: First round Game A: #6 at #3 Game B: #5 at #4 Semifinals Game C: Winner of Game A at #2 Game D: Winner of Game B at #1 Final Winner of Game C vs. Winner of Game D (higher seed will host)

66 3. In the event a conference tournament game is suspended or interrupted at or after the 70 minute mark, the game will be rescheduled for the following day and resumed from the point of interruption, unless both institutions agree to have the game result stand as is. 4. All conference tournament games will follow the NCAA Tournament tie-breaker format. 5. Gate Receipts a. The conference policy regarding gate fees and expense reimbursement, as outlined in Section 1 (B) of this manual, shall be followed.

D. PROTESTS 1. The women’s soccer chair must be notified of the protest within one business day following the game. 2. The women’s soccer chair is responsible for notifying the Commissioner of any protests filed. 3. The women’s soccer chair and the Commissioner will review all protests jointly. If the sport chair’s institution is involved in the protest, the Commissioner will appoint another member of the Board of Athletic Administrators whose institution was not involved in the protest to assist in the decision.

4. An appeal of this decision may be made following the procedure outlined in Section 7 of this Policies and Procedures Manual. E. AWARDS 1. General Regulations a. The women’s soccer chair will coordinate the nomination and selection process, assisted as necessary by the Commissioner. The chair is responsible for ensuring that the conference awards policy (Section 4 of this manual) is followed throughout the process. b. A conference staggered nomination system will be used based on a team’s final finish in conference regular season standings. The specific nomination limits will be determined by the NJAC Board of Athletic Administrators. c. Nominations with supporting statistics are due to the sport chair by the deadline specified on the nomination form. Coaches may only nominate their own players. The nomination form must be signed by the Athletic Director or Senior Woman Administrator for players to be eligible. d. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players or themselves. 2. All-Conference Team a. A first and second all-conference team will be chosen. b. Four forwards, four midfielders and four backs plus one goalkeeper will be named to the first-team and the second-team.

c. All other nominees not selected but receiving two votes will be placed on the honorable mention all-conference team d. Coaches may not vote for their own players. 3. Players of the Year a. One Offensive Player of the Year, one Defensive Player of the Year, one Midfielder of the Year, and one Goalkeeper of the Year will be selected from among the members of the all-conference first team. b. The Offensive Player of the Year must be one of the first-team forwards. c. The Defensive Player of the Year must be one of the first-team backs. d. The Midfielder of the Year must be one of the first-team midfielders.

67 e. The Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Midfielder of the Year awards must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 4. Rookie of the Year a. A rookie must be a first year intercollegiate player. b. The Rookie of the Year is not required to be a member of the all-conference team, even in the event a first-year player is selected to the all-conference squad. c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. 5. Coach of the Year a. To be eligible a coach must have a .500 or better record in conference play. b. Any coach meeting this requirement is automatically placed on the ballot. c. This award must be selected via conference call using open/vocal voting. F. MEETINGS 1. There are two annual coaches meetings: pre-season and post-season. 2. Both meetings may be held via conference call if so desired. 3. The head coach or institutional representative must attend/participate.