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Encyclopedia > Division I

Division I (or D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. Division 1 was the second level in the league system of Swedish football between 1987 and 1999. ... NCAA redirects here. ...

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History

"D-I" schools are the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities, and higher numbers of athletic scholarships. This level was once called the "University" division of the NCAA in contrast to the "College" division; this terminology was replaced with the current numeric (I, II, III) divisions in 1973. In football only, Division I was further subdivided into Division I-A (the principal football schools) and Division I-AA in 1978. Subsequently the term "Division I-AAA" was added to delineate Division I schools which do not field a football program at all. For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ... For other uses, see College (disambiguation). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


A controversy recently arose in the NCAA over whether schools will continue to be allowed to have one showcased program in Division I with the remainder of the athletic program in a lower division, as is the case of, notably, Johns Hopkins University in lacrosse as well as Colorado College and University of Alabama in Huntsville in ice hockey. This is an especially important issue in hockey, which has no Division II competition and has several schools whose other athletic programs compete in Division II and Division III. The Johns Hopkins University, founded in 1876, is a private institution of higher learning located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... The Colorado College is a private four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. ... The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a state-supported, public, coeducational university, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...


This controversy was resolved at the 2004 NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee when the members supported Proposal 65-1, the amended legislation co-sponsored by Colorado College, Clarkson University, Hartwick College, Johns Hopkins University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers University-Newark, St. Lawrence University, and SUNY Oneonta. Each school affected by this debate is allowed to grant financial aid to student-athletes who compete in Division I programs in one men's sport and one women's sport. It is still permitted for other schools to place one men's and one women's sport in Division I going forward, but they cannot offer scholarships without bringing the whole program into compliance with Division I rules. Nashville redirects here. ... The Colorado College is a private four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. ... Clarkson University, formerly Clarkson College of Technology, is a private university located in rural Potsdam, New York. ... Hartwick College is a nationally ranked, non-denominational, private, four-year liberal arts and sciences college located in Oneonta, New York, in the United States. ... The Johns Hopkins University, founded in 1876, is a private institution of higher learning located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a nonsectarian, coeducational private research university in Troy, New York, a city lying just outside the state capital of Albany. ... Rutgers-Newark campus, as seen from University Avenue. ... St. ... The State University of New York at Oneonta is a four-year liberal arts college in Oneonta, New York, United States. ...


Subdivisions

Subdivisions in Division I are important only in football. In all other sports, all Division I conferences are considered equivalent. The subdivisions were recently given names to reflect the differing levels of football play in them. Additionally, some sports, most notably ice hockey and men's volleyball, have completely different conference structures that operate outside of the normal NCAA sports conference structure. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... For the ball used in this sport, see Volleyball (ball). ...


The method by which the NCAA determines whether a school is Bowl or Championship subdivision is first by attendance numbers and then by scholarships. Although scholarships are only one of several methods for the NCAA to determine if they have some form of financial backing for the program they do look at attendance as an additional key consideration.


For attendance they either will allow the tickets sold or the number of actual people attending the season games as reporting methods. They require a minimum of 15,000 people in attendance for each home game as an average every other year. These numbers get posted to the NCAA statistics website for football each year. In the 2005 football season 14 schools were listed with an average below 15,000. With the new rules starting in the 2006 season, the amount of Bowl subdivision schools could drop in the near future if those schools are not able to pull in enough fans into the games. Additionally, 8 schools in the Championship subdivision had enough attendance to be moved up in 2005.


Football Bowl Subdivision

NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as NCAA Division I-A) college football is the only NCAA-sponsored sport without an organized tournament to determine its champion. Schools in Division I FBS compete in post-season bowl games, with the champions of six conferences receiving automatic bids to the highly lucrative Bowl Championship Series to determine a national champion. This is due to many factors, including tradition and certain legal decisions against the NCAA, especially with regard to the sale of television rights. This article covers college football played in the United States. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... BCS Logo 2006-Present with logo of Television Rightsholder Fox Broadcasting Company The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is a selection system designed to pair the top two teams in college football against each other in the BCS National Championship Game, with the winner crowned the BCS national champion. ...


The remaining five conferences, often referred to as "Mid Majors", do not receive automatic bids but their conference champions are eligible for one of the four remaining "at-large" spots. The one exception is a small group of independents. These teams, Notre Dame in particular, have to be either ranked ahead of a champion from one of the six automatic bid conferences in the BCS standings or rank in the top eight of the BCS standings, to ensure a spot in a BCS bowl game. Mid-major is a term mainly used in American college basketball and, to a lesser extent, college football, to describe schools not affiliated with a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference. ...


The NCAA has also pushed for Division I FBS schools to be forced to schedule a minimum number of home games each season and meet attendance requirements for those games (see above). This has met with resistance from smaller conferences, whose schools often receive large amounts of money to play road games against schools from the BCS conferences.


FBS schools are currently limited to a total of 85 football players receiving financial assistance. Due to the fact that for competitive reasons a student on partial scholarship counts fully against the total of 85, virtually all FBS schools that are not on NCAA probation give 85 full scholarships. The service academies—in this context, Army, Navy, and Air Force—are exempt from this rule, as all of their students receive full scholarships from the federal government. USMA redirects here. ... The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and is in Annapolis, Maryland . ... The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA or Air Force),[1] located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States, is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. ...


In 2007, there were 119 full members of Division I FBS. Western Kentucky University was in its first year of a two-year transition period from Division I FCS; it will become a full FBS member in 2009. Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ...


Any conference with at least 12 football teams is allowed to split its teams into two divisions and conduct a championship game between the division winners. The prize is normally a specific bowl game bid for which the conference has a tie-in, or a spot in the BCS (depending on the conference).


Conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters
Atlantic Coast Conference ACC 1953 12 20 Greensboro, North Carolina
Big East Conference Big East 1979 16* 23 Providence, Rhode Island
Big Ten Conference Big Ten 1896 11 25 Park Ridge, Illinois
Big 12 Conference Big 12 1994 12 21 Dallas, Texas
Conference USA C-USA 1995 12^ 19 Irving, Texas
Division I-FBS Independents 3
Mid-American Conference MAC 1946 12† 23 Cleveland, Ohio
Mountain West Conference MWC 1999 9 14 Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pacific-10 Conference Pac 10 1959 10# 22 Walnut Creek, California
Southeastern Conference SEC 1932 12 17 Birmingham, Alabama
Sun Belt Conference Sun Belt 1976 13$ 19 New Orleans, Louisiana
Western Athletic Conference WAC 1962 9 19 Greenwood Village, Colorado

Notes
* Of the 16 Big East schools, only eight play football in the conference. Two schools sponsor football teams in the lower Football Championship Subdivision, and one plays football as an independent school. The rest do not play college football. Additionally, the conference features one associate member, Loyola College, which plays women's lacrosse in the Big East.
^ In addition to the 12 full members, Conference USA features three schools, Florida International University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of South Carolina which play men's soccer in the conference. Colorado College, a Division I school in men's ice hockey and a Division III school for all other sports, plays women's soccer in Conference USA.
† In addition to the 12 full members, the Mid-American Conference features four members who only participate in one sport each: Chicago State University in men's tennis, Hartwick College in men's soccer, Missouri State University in women's field hockey and Temple University in football.
# The Pac-10 also includes several associate members who compete in a single sport in the conference; San Diego State University plays men's soccer and six additional schools participate in men's wrestling.
$ Only eight schools in the Sun Belt Conference currently sponsor football teams. Two additional schools, Western Kentucky University and University of South Alabama, are scheduled to begin Division I FBS football programs in the future.
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NCAA Bowl Sub-Division independent schools are four-year institutions whose football programs are not part of an NCAA-affiliated conference. ... The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a college athletic conference with a membership base that stretches from New York to Illinois. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... “Mountain West” redirects here. ... Colorado Springs is most populous Home Rule Municipality in the State of Colorado. ... The Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. ... Walnut Creek is a suburban community located several miles east of the city of Oakland in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... 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For the unaffiliated private university also located in Chicago, see the University of Chicago. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... Hartwick College is a nationally ranked, non-denominational, private, four-year liberal arts and sciences college located in Oneonta, New York, in the United States. ... Missouri State University is a state university located in Springfield, Missouri. ... A game of field hockey in progress Field hockey is a popular sport for men, women and children in many countries around the world. ... For the private Christian university in Tennessee, see Tennessee Temple University. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area (generally the City and County of San Diego), and is part of the California State University system. ... 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Football Championship Subdivision

The Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA) determines its champion in a 16-team, single-elimination tournament. The champions of eight conferences receive automatic bids to this tournament. However, teams from other conferences are still eligible for one of the eight remaining "at-large" spots.


The Ivy League chooses not to participate in this tournament, and the Pioneer Football League and Northeast Conference play in the Gridiron Classic, though all conference teams technically remain tournament eligible. Due to their own conference title game and games played Thanksgiving weekend, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) does not play in the playoffs. The possible exception here is if a SWAC team other than Alabama State, Grambling State, or Southern (all of whom play Thanksgiving weekend) does not win their division to go to the SWAC championship game and still has seven D-I wins, they are eligible for an at-large spot. However, this scenario has not occurred since the SWAC pulled out of the playoff at-large system. For other uses, see Ivy League (disambiguation). ... The Pioneer Football League is a college athletic conference which operates literally from coast to coast in the United States. ... The Northeast Conference (NEC) is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. ... The Gridiron Classic is an annual post-season college football all-star game featuring a team representing Florida versus a team from the rest of the United States. ... The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a college athletic conference made up of historically black universities in the southern United States. ... Alabama State Hornets logo Alabama State University, founded 1867, is a historically black university located in Montgomery, Alabama. ... Grambling redirects here. ... For other Southern University campuses, see Southern University System. ...


When I-AA was formed in 1978, the playoffs comprised just four teams, doubling to eight teams in 1981. The following year (1982) changed to a 12-team tourney, with each of the top four seeds receiving a first-round bye and a home game in the quarterfinals. The I-AA playoffs went to the present 16-team format in 1986. After 28 seasons, the "I-AA" was dropped by the NCAA for 2006 season and playoffs, although it is still informally used.


The last SWAC team to participate in the I-AA playoffs was Jackson State in 1997; the SWAC never achieved success in the tournament, going winless in 19 games in twenty years (1978-97). The Ivy league, which was moved down to I-AA beginning in 1982 (against their wishes), has a strict 10-game schedule policy and has yet to participate in the I-AA/FCS playoffs. The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is a college athletic conference made up of historically black universities in the southern United States. ... Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. ... For other uses, see Ivy League (disambiguation). ...


Schools in a transition period after joining the FCS from Division II are also ineligible for the playoffs. Several highly ranked teams in 2006 were excluded, with #3 North Dakota State as the most notable absence ;the Bison will not be eligible for the playoffs until the 2008 season. Division II (or DII) is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... The Bison football program competes in the Great West Football Conference. ...


The three service academies (Army, Navy, & Air Force) were briefly considered for I-AA status in the early 1980s, but under a recommendation from The Pentagon, have remained in the NCAA's top subdivision. USMA redirects here. ... The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and is in Annapolis, Maryland . ... The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA or Air Force),[1] located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States, is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers for the United States Air Force. ... The United States Department of Defense (DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the military. ...


Division I FCS schools are currently restricted to giving financial assistance amounting to 63 full scholarships. Unlike Bowl Subdivision schools, Championship Subdivision schools may divide their allotment into partial scholarships, but Championship Subdivision schools are limited to 85 players receiving any sort of athletic financial aid for football. Due to competitive forces, however, a substantial number of players in Championship Subdivision programs are on full scholarships.


A few Championship Subdivision conferences are composed of schools that offer no athletic scholarships at all, most notably the Ivy League and the Pioneer Football League, a football-only conference. The Northeast Conference also sponsored non-scholarship football, but began offering a maximum of 30 full scholarship equivalents in 2006. The Patriot League does not give football scholarships, but permits them in other sports (athletes receiving these scholarships are ineligible to play football for Patriot League schools). For other uses, see Ivy League (disambiguation). ... The Pioneer Football League is a college athletic conference which operates literally from coast to coast in the United States. ... The Northeast Conference (NEC) is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. ... The Patriot League is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. ...


A national championship team for this level of football is determined annually "on the field" in a 16-team tournament. The #1-ranked Championship Subdivision mid-major team is awarded The Sports Network Cup on the eve of the overall Championship Subdivision championship game. The PFL and NEC also meet in an exempted postseason game called the Gridiron Classic, which will match the champions of the two Championship Subdivision football conferences, except if one of the league champions make the playoff, in which the second place team will compete.


Conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Tournament Bid
Big Sky Conference Big Sky 1963 9 15 Ogden, Utah Automatic
Big South Conference Big South 1983 9 18 Charlotte, North Carolina Invitation
Colonial Athletic Association CAA 1983 (2007 for football) 12 21 Richmond, Virginia Automatic
Division I-FCS Independents 4 Invitation
Gateway Football Conference Gateway 1985 8 1 St. Louis, Missouri Automatic
Great West Football Conference Great West 2004 5 1 Elmhurst, Illinois Invitation
Ivy League Ivy League 1954 8 33 Princeton, New Jersey Abstains
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference MEAC 1970 12 15 Virginia Beach, Virginia Automatic
Northeast Conference NEC 1981 12 22 Somerset, New Jersey Invitation
Ohio Valley Conference OVC 1948 11 17 Brentwood, Tennessee Automatic
Patriot League Patriot 1986 8 23 Center Valley, Pennsylvania Automatic
Pioneer Football League PFL 1991 8 1 St. Louis, Missouri Invitation
Southern Conference SOCON 1921 11 19 Spartanburg, South Carolina Automatic
Southland Conference Southland 1963 12 17 Frisco, Texas Automatic
Southwestern Athletic Conference SWAC 1920 10 18 Birmingham, Alabama Abstains

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Division I-Non-Football

Several Bowl Subdivision and Championship Subdivision conferences have member institutions that do not compete in football (such schools are sometimes unofficially referred to as I-AAA). For example, the Big East Conference, a Bowl Subdivision conference in football, has five members that do not play football at all (DePaul, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, and St. John's), plus an additional two members who play football in Championship Subdivision conferences (Georgetown and Villanova); conference member Notre Dame plays football as a Bowl Subdivision independent. The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of seventeen universities in the northeastern, southeastern and midwestern United States. ... DePaul University[1] is a private institution of higher education and research in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from the 17th century French priest who valued philanthropy, Saint Vincent de Paul. ... The Marquette Golden Eagles (formerly known as the Marquette Warriors) is the name of the various sports teams of Marquette University. ... This page refers to a college in Rhode Island. ... “Seton Hall” redirects here. ... St. ... The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. ... Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In addition, some schools officially affiliated with conferences that do not sponsor football do, in fact, field football teams. For example, UC Davis and Cal Poly are members of the non-football Big West Conference, but they still participate in football under the FCS Great West Football Conference. The University of California, Davis, commonly known as UC Davis, is one of the ten campuses of the University of California, and was established as the University Farm in 1905. ... This article is about the university in San Luis Obispo, California. ... The Big West Conference (BWC) is an NCAA-affiliated Division I major college athletic conference that formerly sponsored Division I-A American football. ... The Great West Football Conference is a NCAA Division I-AA college athletic conference. ...


The following Division I conferences do not sponsor football. These conferences still compete in Division I for all other sports. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


Conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters
America East Conference America East 1979 9 22 Boston, Massachusetts
Atlantic Sun Conference A-Sun 1978 10 17 Macon, Georgia
Atlantic 10 Conference A-10 1975 14 21 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Big West Conference Big West / BWC 1969 9 17 Irvine, California
Horizon League Horizon 1979 10 19 Indianapolis, Indiana
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference MAAC 1980 10 25 Edison, New Jersey
Missouri Valley Conference MVC / Valley 1907 10 19 St. Louis, Missouri
The Summit League The Summit 1982 10 19 Elmhurst, Illinois
West Coast Conference WCC 1952 8 13 San Bruno, California

Of these, the two that most recently sponsored football were the Atlantic-10 and the Big West. The Big West Conference football league was disbanded after 2000, and the A-10 football league dissolved in 2006 with its members going to the Colonial Athletic Association. In addition, four A-10 schools (Dayton, Fordham, Duquesne, and Temple) play football in a conference other than the new CAA, which still includes three full-time A-10 members (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Richmond). The America East Conference is a college athletic conference whose members are located mainly in the northeastern United States. ... Boston redirects here. ... The Atlantic Sun Conference is a college athletic conference which operates primarily on the east coast of the United States. ... Macon is a city located in central Georgia, USA. It is among the largest metropolitan areas in Georgia, and the county seat of Bibb County, It lies near the geographic center of Georgia, approximately 75 miles (129 km) south of Atlanta, hence the citys nickname as the Heart of... The Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly in the eastern United States; it also has two member schools in Ohio. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... The Big West Conference (BWC) is an NCAA-affiliated Division I major college athletic conference that formerly sponsored Division I-A American football. ... Motto: Innovation. ... The Horizon League is a nine school, NCAA Division I college athletic conference, whose members are located in five of the Midwestern United States. ... Indianapolis redirects here. ... The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC, pronounced mack) is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. ... Map of Edison Township in Middlesex County Coordinates: , Country State County Middlesex County Settled 1651 Incorporated March 17, 1870 (as Raritan Township) Government  - Type Faulkner Act Mayor-Council  - Mayor Jun Choi Area  - Township  30. ... Former Missouri Valley Conference logo The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply The Valley) is a college athletic conference whose members are located in the midwestern United States. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... The Summit League (or The Summit) is an NCAA Division I college athletic conference which operates primarily in the Midwestern United States, with outlying teams in Louisiana and Utah. ... Incorporated City in 1910. ... The West Coast Conference is an NCAA collegiate athletic conference consisting of eight member schools in California, Oregon, and Washington. ... The San Bruno police station next to the BART station at the Shops at Tanforan. ... The University of Dayton is a private Catholic university operated by the Society of Mary located in Dayton, Ohio. ... Fordham University is a private, coeducational research university[3] in the United States, with three campuses located in and around New York City. ... Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a private Catholic university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne (IPA: ) first opened its doors as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in October 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students and... For the private Christian university in Tennessee, see Tennessee Temple University. ... The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass Amherst or UMass) is a research and land-grant university in Amherst, USA. The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers over 90 undergraduate and 65 graduate areas of study. ... The University of Rhode Island, commonly abbreviated as URI, is the principal public research university in the State of Rhode Island, with its main campus in Kingston, Rhode Island, and three other campuses located throughout the state. ... The University of Richmond is a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts university located on the border of the city of Richmond and Henrico County, Virginia. ...


Other non-football conference schools that sponsor football include six of the Missouri Valley schools (Drake, Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, and Southern Illinois) and three of the Horizon League schools (Butler University, Valparaiso University, and Youngstown State University). Drake University is a private, co-educational university located in the city of Des Moines, Iowa. ... Illinois State University is a public university in Normal, Illinois and is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state. ... Indiana State University (ISU) is a public university that is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. ... Missouri State University is a state university located in Springfield, Missouri. ... The Campanile, a major university landmark at the center of UNIs campus. ... Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC but usually just referred to as SIU) is located in Carbondale, Illinois. ... Butler University is a private liberal arts university in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... Valparaiso University, known colloquially as Valpo, is a private university located in the city of Valparaiso in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Youngstown State University, founded in 1908, is an accredited university located in Youngstown, Ohio US. As of 2005, there were 13,101 students and a student-faculty ratio of 19:1. ...


Division I Ice Hockey

As ice hockey is limited to a much smaller number of almost exclusively Northern schools, there is a completely different conference structure for teams. These conferences feature a mix of teams that play their other sports in various Division I conferences, and even Division II and Division III schools. With the exception of Ivy Leagues' hockey playing schools being members of the ECAC, there is no correlation between a team's ice hockey affiliation and its affiliation for other sports. For example, the Hockey East men's conference consists of one ACC school, two Big East schools, four schools from America East, one from the A-10, one CAA school, and two schools from the D-II Northeast Ten Conference, whereas the CCHA and WCHA both have some Big Ten representation, plus Division II and III schools. Also, the divisional structure is truncated, with Division II competition in the sport abolished in 1999. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Division II (or DII) is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. ... Hockey East is a college athletic conference which operates in New England. ... The Northeast Ten Conference is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division II. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. ...


Conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Members (Men/Women)
Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey 1997 10 (10/none)
Central Collegiate Hockey Association CCHA 1972 12 (12/none)
College Hockey America CHA 2000 6 (5/4 (5 starting in 2008-2009 season)
ECAC Hockey N/A 1962 12 (12 for women)
Hockey East Hockey East 1984 11 (10/8)
Western Collegiate Hockey Association WCHA 1951 12 (10/8)

Atlantic Hockey is a college athletic conference which operates in the northeastern United States. ... The Central Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates mostly in Michigan and Ohio, although it also has members in Alaska, Indiana, and Nebraska. ... College Hockey America is a college athletic conference with teams ranging geographically from New York to Alabama and Minnesota. ... ECAC Hockey is one of the six conferences that compete in NCAA Division I ice hockey. ... Hockey East is a college athletic conference which operates in New England. ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is a college athletic conference which operates over a wide area of the Midwestern and Western United States. ...

See also

This article covers college football played in the United States. ... The List of Division I-FBS college football stadiums includes stadiums that currently serve as the home venue for NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision college football teams. ... Division II (or DII) is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. ... The following is a list of Division I universities in the United States (listed alphabetically by state) and their current Director of Athletics. ...

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