Expansion opportunities a hot topic at NCWA Vision Forum
By Scott Farrell, NCWA Sports Information Director
The 2013-14 pre-season begins in South Florida this week for members of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association as they conduct their annual Vision Forum. NCWA coaches and staff from across the nation will meet in Fort Lauderdale from Thursday-Saturday making plans for the upcoming season while also attending meetings and clinics in conjunction with the national wrestling coaches’ convention.
Beyond setting the official 2013-14 NCWA calendar and approving budgetary and compliance rules, other topics set for discussion at this year’s Vision Forum include:
* Whether to establish another division within the NCWA to better brand its scholarship and school-budgeted programs away from its club division. The NCWA currently employs two divisions based on specific association criteria, but only separates the divisions for scoring purposes at the NCWA Championships.
* Furthering plans to sponsor a Club National Tournament or Collegiate Open.
* Investigate a future venture to expand the NCWA to include a competitive collegiate MMA division.
* Decide whether to form additional conferences based on last year’s successful expansion.
The NCWA as a whole is coming off a banner 2012-13 season in which it had a record-high number of wrestlers participating. Its continued expansion allowed two more conferences to form, which led to expanded brackets and record-qualifier counts at its national championship tournament.
The association also garnered well-earned national recognition, as NCWA Executive Director Jim Giunta earned the Meritorious Service Award from the national coaches association. Giunta has since been invited to join the NWCA Board of Directors beginning this season.
The 2014 NCWA Championships will return to the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, next March.