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Encyclopedia > NCAA Division I Baseball Championship

The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship tournament is held each year in June and features 64 college baseball teams in the United States, culminating in the College World Series. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... A tournament is an organized competition in which many participants play each other in individual games. ... College baseball is baseball as played on the intercollegiate level at institutions of higher education, predominantly in the United States. ... The College World Series is the tournament which determines the NCAA Division I collegiate baseball champion. ...

The tournament is unique in that it features three tiers of competition and a loss doesn't necessarily eliminate a team from contention. In fact, throughout the entire tournament a team can lose a total of 4 games and still be crowned champions.

During team selection the top 8 teams are given National Seeds which guarantees them home field advantage (provided they continue to win) throughout the tournament until the College World Series.

The first tier, called Regionals, consists of 16 locations that include 4 teams, seeded 1 through 4, competing in a double elimination bracket. The winner of each regional moves on to the second tier, the Super Regionals. A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout or sudden death tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ... A double elimination bracket from the 2004 national Science Bowl A double-elimination tournament is a competition in which a participant ceases to be eligible to win the tournaments championship upon having lost two games or matches. ...

The Super Regionals are played at 8 locations throughout the country and consist of the 16 surviving teams. Two teams are matched up at each location and they play a best of 3 game series to determine who moves on to the College World Series.

The final 8 teams meet up in Omaha, Nebraska in the College World Series. The CWS is further subdivided into two sections. The first part resembles the Regional tier, as teams are broken off in two groups of 4 to play in a double elimination bracket. The winners of each bracket then meet up in a championship series, which is similar to the Super Regional tier in that it is a best of 3 game series. The winner of the College World Series is crowned National Champion. Flag Seal Nickname: Gateway to the West Location Location in Nebraska Government Counties Douglas County Mayor Michael Fahey Geographical characteristics Area    - City 118. ...

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