SCHEDULING INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC EVENTS
An athlete is excused from any practice, meeting or contest that conflicts with his/hr chosen time of worship. For most of our students Sunday morning will be the time of choice; however, this norm does not prejudice other options for an athlete. Athletes may not be penalized for absence caused by worshiping. If the day of personal choice is other than Sunday, the student athlete is not required to forfeit the Sunday free time normally given to all athletes.
Sunday practices are to be discouraged unless they occur outside of the academic semesters and are held in the afternoon or evening. Exceptions may be made during the academic calendar for Sunday afternoon or evening practices and film sessions that are held on the day before a Monday game. If such Sunday afternoon or evening practices are scheduled during the academic calendar the coach will then give the team an alternate "day off." The overall policy will be to try to "keep Sunday - Sunday"; that is as a day off for religious and study purposes. Sunday games will not be scheduled unless:
- mandated by the NCAC
- necessary for a weather delay contest or conference tournament make up date
- part of a special invitational tournament. Any Sunday scheduled "exception" would occur in afternoon or evening only.
Institutionally, the faculty shall set basic scheduling policies, but then grant a reasonable degree of freedom in the administration of these policies to the Director of Athletics and Recreation, Committee on Athletic Policy and Recreation and the Provost.
A guiding principle in scheduling shall be to hold interference with academic work to the least amount possible without imposing actual hardship upon the duly authorized athletic program.
The University will comply with all NCAA regulations and NCAC guidelines.
The University will schedule not more than two dates, Monday, through Friday, in any sport, in addition to Saturday scheduling
NCAA and NCAC championship play is authorized and encouraged. The University may host such championship play, subject to the scheduling guidelines listed below.
Scheduling during vacation periods is permissible. However, both practice and competition are strongly discouraged on Christmas, Easter, Good Friday, and Thanksgiving. Practice and competition on these days must be approved by the Director of Athletics and Recreation and the Faculty Athletic Representatives.
During final examination periods, the only permissible competition will be NCAC and NCAA championship competition. Regular season contests with non-conference opponents are not permitted, and NCAC regular season contests are to be avoided.
- Priorities in scheduling will be given to NCAC and/or like institutions.
- Athletic events should be scheduled on Saturdays whenever possible.
- Athletic events should be scheduled as late in the school day as possible.
- Whenever possible, when two date are scheduled, Monday through Friday, one of these dates should be a home contest.
- Re-scheduling due to inclement weather is permissible provided the team has not left the campus.
- Long trips will be made infrequently (except during vacation periods), and then only when they offer an opportunity to enhance the prestige of Wittenberg because of the high quality of the competing school.
At the direction of the Committee on Athletic Policy and Recreation, the Director of Athletics and Recreation presents the intercollegiate schedules during the spring semester.
The Committee on Athletic Policy and Recreation evaluates the proposed schedule in accordance with University policies and scheduling guidelines.
Scheduling for regular season is rarely complete at this time. Necessary changes or additions to the schedule are made by the Director of Athletics and Recreation with notification to the chairperson of the Committee on Athletic Policy and Recreation.