A recent article in the Alton Telegraph offering an update on the Lewis and Clark Trailblazer women’s soccer team also included an interesting nugget at the end. NJCAA Soccer – STLCC Archers and St. Charles Cougars Move to Division III
The schedule and postseason will have a different look as well. Rival Southwestern Illinois College, along with many of the other schools have elected to drop from NJCAA Division I to Division II status, leaving LCCC, Illinois central College, Wabash Valley and Lincoln Trail as the only Division I schools in Region 24. Also, St. Louis Community College and St. Charles Community College will drop to Division II.
“We won’t be playing SWIC or most of the other old Division I schools,’ Rooney said. “And for the postseason, it will be different too.
There is no official announcement that I have been able to find on the STLCC Archers or St. Charles Cougars websites noting this change. I have reached out the AD’s at both schools for more details and will update this story with information as it becomes available. Two questions I identified for them is 1) what is the advantage to making the change and 2) are the men’s teams also making the move.
UPDATE – while the NJCAA website shows there are three divisions, there are only teams listed in D1 or D3 at the moment on the NJCAA website. Based upon feedback I’ve received since publishing this report, I anticipate that there will be a press release noting the move from two divisions to three and that the teams mentioned will be in D2 which allows scholarships but not room and board. So still more details to come.
Member colleges of the NJCAA are permitted to participate in any division of a sponsored sport of the association. A member college is permitted to participate across multiple divisions in various sports should it feel it is in the best interest of the institution. Every two years member colleges are required to declare the sports it will sponsor and what division they wish to participate. During the two year committment period, member colleges are locked into the divisions they declared.
Competing within a specific division of an NJCAA sponsored sport comes with specific policies and guidelines published in the NJCAA bylaws. Below are the current scholarship parameters for the three competition divisions of the association.
|Division I||Colleges may grant full athletic scholarships (tuition – books – fees – room & board) and up to $250 in course required supplies and transportation costs one time per academic year to and from the college by direct route. Each sport has limits on the number of scholarships that can be granted.|
|Division II||Colleges may grant athletic scholarships but scholarships are limited to tuition – books – fees and up to $250 in course required supplies. Each sport has limits on the number of scholarships that can be granted.|
|Division III||Colleges are not permitted to offer any athletic scholarships|
NJCAA Soccer – STLCC Archers and St. Charles Cougars Move to Division III