WOMEN'S AND MEN'S BASKETBALL
Coaches Group Information
Required Off-Season Conference Call: Men – 10am Thursday, September 5, 2019
Women – 11am Thursday, September 5, 2019
Required Preseason Conference Call: 10am Thursday, October 31, 2019
All-Conference Nominations Due: 12pm Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Required All-Conference Nominations Conference Call: Men – 10am Monday, March 2, 2020
Women – 11am Monday, March 2, 2020
Ballots Due: 12pm Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Women's Committee Chairperson: Wendy Lee, Mount Olive
Men's Committee Chairperson: Chad Lister, North Greenville
Director of Athletics Liaison: Chris Williams, Southern Wesleyan
2019-20 Regular-Season and Championship Information
Final Date of Conference Regular-Season Play: Saturday, February 29, 2020
(Per AD Policy: All basketball conference games - including any rescheduled games - must be completed by the Saturday prior to the conference championship.)
Regular-Season Times for Weekday Games: 7pm if single game; 5:30pm/7:30pm if women’s/men’s doubleheader (specific time at discretion of host institution)
Regular-Season Times for Weekend Games: 2pm, 4pm, 7pm if single game; 2pm/4pm or 5:30pm/7:30pm if women’s/men’s doubleheader (specific time at discretion of host institution)
Conference Championships Times/Dates/Locations:
5:30pm Monday, March 2, 2020 Women’s Quarterfinals at higher seeds
7:00pm Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Men’s Quarterfinals at higher seeds
1:30pm Thursday, March 5, 2020 Women’s Awards Luncheon for semifinal teams at highest seed remaining
5:30pm/7:30pm Thursday, March 5, 2020 Women’s Semifinals at highest seed remaining
5:30pm Friday, March 6, 2020 Women’s Final at highest seed remaining entering Semifinals
10:00am Saturday, March 7, 2020 Men’s Awards Brunch for semifinal teams at highest seed remaining
2:00pm/4:00pm Saturday, March 7, 2020 Men’s Semifinals at highest seed remaining
2:00pm Sunday, March 8, 2020 Men’s Final at highest seed remaining entering Semifinals
Note: Since the semifinals are located at an institution hosting a championship on the basis of earning the highest seed, that institution may select which of the established semifinal game times in which to play. The conference office will reach out to the potential highest seeds early, at least by the beginning of the conference championship, to establish the schedule. The host should help provide meeting space/rooms to accommodate resting, studying, and down-time for visiting tournament teams. The host school should supply reasonable accommodations for officials (e.g., hotel expenses) from the current championships sport budget (10/6/16).
Tournament Format: Eight-team single elimination championship. Teams will be seeded according to regular-season finish. The conference tournament winner shall be the champion and receive the NCAA automatic bid. Quarterfinal matches are played at the highest seed with the semifinals and final being played at the one site of the highest remaining seed. In conference championships where the host institution is the top seed, they are allowed to determine when they will play (first or second) in the semifinal matches (2/3/15). In the event of a shortened tournament, the highest-seeded team remaining in the tournament becomes the conference champion and receives the automatic NCAA bid. When the winning team is not eligible for automatic qualification, the runner-up team receives the automatic qualification. Tournament games will be aligned with the NCAA tournaments (i.e., if the women's tournament starts first, then the conference women's tournament would be first and vice versa) (5/20/14).
Seeding: Teams will be seeded according to regular-season finish based on overall conference winning percentage. Ties will be broken in the following manner:
1) Head-to-head results during the regular season for a two-way tie;
2) Records against all opponents involved in the tie;
3) Record against opponents not involved in the tie working down from #1;
4) Random selection by Commissioner (note that in a multi-member tie requiring random selection, the random selection is for the highest seed among the tied teams and then returning to the start of the tie-breaking procedure for the remaining teams).
*In the situation of three or more teams tying: After determining the highest-seeded team, the tie-breaking procedure reverts back to the start of the tie-breaking procedure to seed the next team. This process continues until all tied teams have been seeded.
Multiple Sport Policies: Link to League Multiple Sport Policy
Media Policy Regarding Officials: Link to Conference Carolinas Media Policy
Delay of Game Policy: Link to Conference Carolinas Delayed Game Policy
Basketball Code of Conduct: Link to Conference Carolinas Basketball Code of Conduct
Lineup Submission Policy: Link to Conference Carolinas Lineup Submission Policy
Visiting Team Expectations: Link to Visiting Team Expectations
Game Management Procedures: Link to Men’s and Women’s Basketball Game Management Procedures
Admissions Policy: In any sport in which there is an admissions charge, member students with a valid ID shall be admitted free (except rented facilities off campus) (8/11/04). Player passes will adhere to NCAA requirements. No complimentary passes will be provided to visiting teams (5/1/02).
Ejection Policy: When a player or team party member is ejected, both the team's coach and (if a conference opponent) the opposing coach are to notify their director of athletics upon completion of the contest. The director of athletics will immediately notify the conference office and subsequently complete and submit to the conference office the Ejection Report Form. The conference office will notify each member president immediately when notified of an ejection.
A coach ejected for an "unsporting act" will be cautioned by the institution’s director of athletics or immediate supervisor in a form provided by the conference. Copies of cautions and suspensions will be provided to the institution’s President, FAR, the Supervisor of Officials and the Commissioner. A second ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next-game suspension. A third ejection in the same year will, minimally, carry a next two-game suspension. End-of-year suspensions will be carried forward to the next year. Ejected coaches must leave the sight of the playing floor when ejected. If the ejected coach does not comply in a timely manner, the game is forfeited.
1) The league basketball schedules are provided by the conference office.
2) Saturday (non-back-to-back) game times will be 2pm & 4pm if the distance is 200 miles or more for the visiting team, with opportunities for special exceptions (5/20/14).
3) Back-to-back (Fri/Sat) games – ADs have agreed that the two schools competing against each other on Saturday of back-to-back basketball games can agree to change the game time (if a change is requested by one school but the other does not agree, the game times are to be played at 5:30pm/7:30pm); if schools want to change the game time for Friday, they must seek Commissioner approval (2/2/16).
4) During basketball inter-conference challenge events (usually during the first basketball weekend of the season), there is a potential conflict with the women’s volleyball championship since both can occur on the same weekend. Women’s volleyball championship dates have been revised to more easily accommodate these events, moving from Friday/Saturday to Saturday/Sunday, but women’s volleyball championship match times will take precedent with Saturday’s semifinals scheduled for 5:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday's final scheduled for 3:00pm. Basketball game times will be scheduled with discretion by the host earlier in the day as not to conflict with the women’s volleyball championship times.
2019-20 Originally Approved Basketball Schedule
Note: Schedules can be changed with AD approval from both institutions.
Game Ball Policy: The official game ball sponsor is Wilson as contracted and to be used by membership vote for all conference games. Host institutions will provide five practice balls comparable to those used by the home team for the visiting team (8/14/02). The tournament champion will receive six conference balls and a ball cart (supplied per the Wilson conference contract); the tournament semifinals/final host (if different than the tournament champion) will receive the remaining six balls (4/2/15).
Film Exchange Policy:
- Directors of athletics voted to approve 'Synergy' as the game tape provider (4/2/15).
- All games (conference & non-conference) should be uploaded within four hours of game completion (9/29/15; 10/12/15).
- Home teams are responsible for uploading the games.
- All uploads must include sound.
- Tapes, CDs, game files, and verbal scouting reports, etc. may not be shared with out-of-conference opponents.
- For conference contests, if the visiting team would like immediate postgame video, they should share their flash drive with the host, whereas the host will then upload and return the drive back to the visitors before departure (10/12/15).
Locker Room: Visiting teams may occupy the locker room 1.5 hours and use the basketball court one hour prior to the scheduled game start time.
Men’s Basketball Pregame Warm-Ups: During men's basketball pregame warm-ups (including halftime of the women's game), dunking of the basketball is not permitted. The game manager or game personnel is to report to the conference office any violation of this policy (1/23/16).
All Conference Team: Each team through their SID may nominate players for all-conference consideration. All nominations received by the Service Bureau Director prior to the stated deadline will be returned to SIDs via ballot. First (5) second (5) and third (5) teams will be selected. The ballot will consist of the 10 players in rank order 1-10. Each team will vote for 10 players, excluding their own, in rank order. The ballot will be sent to and received from the member SID. The all-conference team is released in conjunction with pre-tournament publicity. Per basketball coaches, nominations can include up to two players nominated for individual awards (10/4/18).
The Basketball All-Conference Team will be selected by nomination and ballot via email submission to the conference office. Sport coaches will submit nominations to the conference office, a conference call will be held to verify nominees, and then coaches will vote by email. Ballots are required to be completed within 24 hours of the conference call.
Player of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three players, excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winner will be named Player of the Year. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes.
Note: The Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year could be nominated for and win both awards.
Defensive Player of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three players, excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winner will be named Defensive Player of the Year. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes.
Note: The Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year could be nominated for and win both awards.
Coach of the Year: Each conference member will vote for three coaches, excluding their own, in rank order. Ballots will be sent to and received from SIDs and the winner will be named Coach of the Year. Ties will be broken by the greatest number of 1) first place votes, 2) second place votes, 3) third place votes.
Freshman of the Year: The top freshman vote-getter of conference members using the same procedure and time frame as Player of the Year.
- A student-athlete should qualify only if this is the first collegiate institution attended.
- It is the student-athlete’s first year of competition (academic sophomores/redshirt freshmen are eligible as long as they took a redshirt year at the same member institution).
- Any transfer exception is not applicable (e.g., a student-athlete who transfers from an institution but did not play a sport is still not eligible for award).
- Nominators have the responsibility to make sure all qualifications are met.
All-Tournament: Coaches will select the All-Tournament Team as follows:
First place - MVP plus two All-Tournament
Second place - Two All-Tournament
Third and fourth place - One All-Tournament each
Student-Athlete Pledge of Sportsmanship Form (Reminder to be signed by each student-athlete during preseason and filed in each institution’s athletics department.)