Below are the results of the preferential election for the 2023/2024 NCDA Rulebook, select Policies, and 2024 Executive Board. The Rulebook is scheduled to be released prior to the start of the 2024 Season.
Final results for Nationals 2024 selection:
The Ohio State University – 1st Round
The Ohio State University has been selected to host Nationals 2024.
Ethan Lehmkuhl has been selected to represent OSU as the NCDA’s 2024 Director of Nationals.
Kevin Bailey – 1st Round
Tony Stumpo – 2nd Round
Ryan Ginsberg – 3rd Round
R.1) Team catch only saves player at risk. No player from jail enters.
Yes, a team catch will only save the player at risk from elimination.
R.2) Eliminate “Traps”
Yes, the referee must now call the player “safe” or “out” by judgement of the ball’s first contact.
R.3) Change LAZ to lower height when player is on knees
Yes, the LAZ will shorten when a player is kneeled.
R.4) Team Yellow Card for negligent officiating. Both teams playing during the match must agree to issue a card given valid reasoning.
Yes, playing teams may submit a request to issue a Team Yellow Card to the officiating team if they show signs of negligent officiating.
R.5) Yellow card means out for current point and next point.
Yes, a yellow card results in a penalized player to sit out for 2 points.
R.6) Reduce the player threshold number from 5 -> 4 for when the shot clock changes from 15 -> 10.
Yes, a 10 second shot clock occurs when 4 or less players remain.
R.7) Change the format of the start from a 3-4-3 to a 4-2-4 for ball setup.
Yes, matches will start with 4 balls on each attack line and 2 balls at center court.
P.1) “Longevity clause” abolishment
Yes, the longevity clause will be removed effective 1/1/24.
-2nd Round Preferential Majority
Executive Board Overrule 7-2
Yes, the longevity clause will be removed effective 7/1/24.
*Editor’s Note: The Board decision to override the longevity clause decision of 1/1/24 in favor of 7/1/24 was based on the belief of keeping the timeline of rule implementation consistent with the start/end of each subsequent season as opposed to a rule going into effect mid-season.
P.2) Allow players the ability to apply for additional playing years beyond the allowed 6 per institution.
Yes, players may apply to play for more than 6 years at a single institution.
Executive Board Overrule 8-1
No, players may not apply to play more than 6 years at a single institution. [Current]
*Editor’s Note: The decision to override the provision allowing members to apply for additional years of play was due to a lack of clearly defined criteria for the approval process. Without a formal process as part of the proposal the Board’s belief is that the process would be open to high degrees of subjectivity. This would potentially compromise the approval process and lead it in a direction not consistent with the desires of our member teams.
P.3) Teams must submit bids to host regional trophied events by October 31st of the current year. Participating teams vote on the host during winter break and a host is decided before Jan 1.
Yes, teams must bid to host the “Cup” event for their region
P.4) Teams that “forfeit” with >4 minutes remaining in a match, must also forfeit all upcoming matches at that tournament.
Yes, teams who “forfeit” any match must also forfeit all matches in that tournament. For trophied events only.
-2nd Round Preferential Majority
P.5) Ghost team is ranked equal to the team that is on the opposite end of the forfeit consequence.
Yes, a ghost team is ranked equal to the forfeiting team.
P.6) Reduce Nationals Modifier in Gonzalez to 1.5 instead of 2.
Yes, nationals matches are worth 1.5x of regular season matches.
P.7) Each year a different region has priority for hosting nationals. If no teams from the prioritized region wish to host, then other bids may be considered.
No, any team from any region may submit a bid to host nationals each year.[Current]
Ranking System Proposals
RS.1) Adjust to a scaled Gonzalez system
Yes, the hybrid ranking system will consist of scaled Gonzalez rankings.
Eboard additional votes and details
The NCDA Executive Board has voted to override two provisions passed by member teams. Member teams will have an option to veto the Executive Board’s decision with a super majority vote (3/4ths requirement).
Additionally, the Eboard has voted on the following policy changes which will affect the 2024 season.
E.1) Adjust to a scaled Champ System – PASS 9-0
Yes, the Champ point system shall be scaled in a similar method to that of the Gonzalez method.
E.2) Implement changes to the release policy dates – PASS 9-0
Yes, various policy dates will be changed to the following.
E.3) Abolish Open Director Term limit – PASS 7-2
Yes, the Open Director Term limit will only apply to the position of President
E.4) Yellow card for each match that all captains/coaches have not completed the rulebook quiz – PASS 8-1
Yes, teams will receive a team yellow card at the start of each match where an active captain or coach has not completed the rulebook quiz.
E.5) Eboard voting transparency – DID NOT PASS 2-7
No, The Eboard is not required to release the voting decisions of each board member by request. (Current)
A history of all of the NCDA’s rule, policy, and ranking system proposals can be found here [Insert Link]