Men's Draft Board
Four teams at 15 sites Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2009. First round winners and losers face each other in the second round. The 15 teams that win both matches advance to ITA National Team Indoor Championships, played 2 weeks later, Feb. 13-16.
Participating Teams (60)
1) The top 4 teams per region according to the final ITA Division I national team rankings (if ranked in Top 75) (32 teams);
2) Remaining 28 teams in order the final ITA national rankings.
3) Participation is not mandatory
4) Information/Entry forms will be sent by e-mail to the Top 75 schools in the final year end rankings. The Information/Entry form must be submitted to the ITA by May 28th. The form requests 5 phone numbers for the school’s coaching staff and administration that will be used to make contact with each institution during the draft. It is not a commitment to play.
5) ITA National Team Indoor Championship host schools receive automatic invitation to final 16
1) 15 host teams are displayed on ITA website. A link to each site’s schedule of play and whether it is an indoor or outdoor site will also be displayed. The web page will be instantly updated each time a school selects a site. Teams will be expected to follow the draft’s progress on the website prior to their call time.
2) The ITA will call out to each school, in rank order, at predetermined times. The order and call out times will be sent out on May 30. If the ITA cannot reach anyone at the 5 phone numbers provided the call administrator will do one of the following depending on what the school submitted prior to the draft: a) remove team from draft or b) place at nearest geographical site, or c) place at site with lowest 1-15 seed that has an opening regardless of geographic location.
3) Highest ranked team not a host/on the board selects which of the 15 sites they want to go to. When called they will choose where they want to play, then the next highest team is called and chooses, and so on.
4) A team is allowed to choose wherever it wants to go until a site is filled with 4 teams. The only exception, in order to maintain the integrity of the final 16 draw, will if a top 8 seeded team(s) select(s) not to host and is/are first in the draft order they cannot choose a site that has a top 7 seed in it, it must select sites with the Nos. 8-15 seeds.
5) The draft will be complete when all 60 places in the draw are occupied.
6) Pairings will be determined as the draft progresses. For example if No. 1 Georgia is a host and the three teams that choose to go there are No. 20 NC State, No. 25 Michigan and No. 41 Wisconsin, the first round match-ups would be: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 2 NC State vs. No. 3 Michigan.
7) A team can decide not to participate during the draft. For example a coach can elect not to participate based on the sites/matches available at that his/her team's time in the Draft.
8) A list of alternate teams will be notified that while they are not in the original 60 selected for the draft invitations could be sent to them if teams elect to “pass” during their draft turn. A ranking list to No. 125 will be used (in order) for this. If it is necessary to go beyond No. 125, invitations will be sent based on the geography of the remaining sites and selected by committee.
9) Teams are responsible for all travel costs to the 15 opening round sites.
10) If a team participates in the draft, then later elects to withdraw from the event it will receive 2 unranked losses in the ITA Rankings for the duration of the season as penalty. An alternate will be selected in order of final national ranking (using the same method as in No. 8). If this team is a host site, the invitations to host will be extended to the next highest seed at that site. The seeding match-ups will also be changed at that site.
Host Sites Selections
1) Top team in each region according to the final ITA national rankings (8);
2) Remaining 7 sites in order the final ITA national rankings (15 total sites);
3) Hosting is not mandatory. If a team declines the opportunity to host, it may still participate and the next highest ranked site will be invited to host.
4) If the top team from a region elects not to host, the hosting opportunity would go to the next highest ranked team in the region.
Invitations to host sent on May 23. Sites announced on May 30
Host Site Requirements
1) Host Sites (HS) will be required to distinguish themselves as indoor or outdoor sites prior to the draft, i.e. matches at a site that submits itself as an indoor site prior to the draft will be played indoors regardless of the weather during that event. An outdoor site may play indoors in case of inclement weather per ITA Rule II.B.13.
2) HS will turn in proposed schedule of play (included practice court schedule) by May 28 for Operating Committee review.
3) HS agrees to chair every match in all 4 team dual matches.
4) HS is responsible with all costs associated with hosting the 4 matches (balls, trainers, officials, promotions, etc.).
5) Sites that do not have indoor backup are required to have access to 12 outdoor courts in the event of inclement weather.
6) HS required to designate a hotel(s) within 15 miles of site where matches are played.
7) For dual gender sites that require play to start on Friday, January 30, the men will play first in 2009 (on a rotational basis that will mirror the rotation for the round of 16 at NCAA tournament the same year)
8) Practice courts will be made available at the event site for all participating teams the day prior to the event for a minimum of 3 courts for 90 minutes per team. At dual gender sites, the HS can request permission for warm-up courts for all teams playing on day 2 to be at an alternate site with a similar surface.
9) Proposed schedules of play will be provided for host sites. A HS can request to alter schedules to times that will maximize crowd support with Operating Committee approval (prior to May 28).