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.

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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.