2018 NCWA National Duals Applications Now Open

October 20, 2017 | Bryan Knepper

The 2018 NCWA National Duals will be held at Liberty University on January 26-27, 2018.

For the application/contract, please click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/iyn8...

SELECTION: All NCWA programs in good standing are eligible to apply to the National Duals Selection Committee (NDSC) for inclusion in the 2018 NCWA National Duals.  All interested teams shall submit the signed contract to the Executive Board by December 1, 2017 in order to be placed in the applicant field.  The NDSC shall consist of the NCWA Executive Board and the nine Conference Chairmen.  The role of the NDSC shall be to invite up to 16 member teams to the National Duals.  Teams in the applicant field that placed in the top-6 at the prior National Duals shall have their bid accepted.  The remaining teams will be ranked by the NDSC using competition results (if possible) and NCWA rankings available on December 1, 2017.  Selection of the teams shall be limited to NCWA-D1 programs until all such teams have been eliminated from contention for the 16 spots.  By December 15, 2017, invitations will be extended to the teams based on the NDSC’s rank order until a field of nor more than 16 teams has been determined.

NATIONAL POINTS: All NCWA Programs, in good standing, are eligible for an invitation to the National Duals. Placement in the top-16 at the National Duals will earn each team that is eligible points towards the National Team Championship to be concluded with the NCWA Nationals in March 2018 (Champion = 16 pts down to 16th place = 1 pt).  No team will be allowed to compete in the event without a signed contract and payment being completed. Teams will not be awarded Nationals Team Points with less than 8 weight classes filled at the beginning of the National Duals tournament. Teams leaving before fulfilling their contractual obligations will also forfeit Nationals Team Points.

Teams already in based on top-6 finish in 2017 include Emmanuel College (1st), host Liberty University (2nd), Grand Valley State University (3rd), The Apprentice School (4th), University of Central Florida (5th), and Alfred State College (6th).

Teams likely vying for contention for the remaining 10 spots include: Springfield Technical Community College (7th in 2017), Middle Tennessee State University (8th), Temple University (9th), University of Florida (10th), University of Toledo (13th), University of Maine (15th), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (18th), and several teams that didn't compete in 2017 including Florida Gulf Coast University, Grays Harbor College, Penn State - DuBois, Penn State - Mont Alto, Queens University of Charlotte, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Richland College, University of North Texas, University of South Florida, Washington State University, and Wayne State College.

While NCWA D-2 programs are not prohibited from entry, all available spots will be given to NCWA-D1 programs until all D1 teams have been exhausted.  At that point a NCWA-D2 program may be accepted into the Duals.

Teams not accepted into the National Duals will be able to compete in the newly formed Regional Duals hosted in Las Vegas, NV on the same weekend.  The 2019 NCWA National Duals will be held in the West portion of the country, while the 2019 NCWA Regional Duals will hop over to the East portion of the country.  These dual tournaments will flip back and forth each year following.