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GPAC Schedules Updated

July 12, 2010

The Dordt College athletic program has seen its 2010-2011 school year schedules changed due to the closing of Dana College and the subsequent reduction of teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference from 13 to 12.  Three sports, football, volleyball and basketball, have adjusted their schedule to reflect an even number of games played in the conference schedule.  This balance did not exist without completely re-working the schedules.

“With the loss of Dana College the league needed to look at these three sports immediately and adjustments were made to gain back the lost games because of the unbalanced conference schedule these sports play,” said GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra. “We needed to use the membership numbers we have in place to fill the open spots on the schedule at this late date instead of our schools scrambling for extra dates.” “We also wanted our conference schedule games to be even for all the teams in the league,” added Westra.

In football the GPAC will remain at ten games for this fall. The schedule will now be a true round robin format with all 11 football schools playing each other.  The league schedule dates did not change. The 2010 season will  open on Saturday, September 4, and continue eleven weeks until Saturday, November 13. Three GPAC schools will have non-conference games and those dates were not affected by the schedule changes. All homecoming and alumni home dates that were set by each member school were protected in the new 2010 schedule adjustments.

Volleyball has been adjusted in order to keep the 16 matches that were in place for 2010. For scheduling purposes the league was split six and six with one half of the league playing double round robin and single round robin with other half and vice versa. One group of standings will be kept in the conference and seeding for the conference tournament determined from those standings. Only the conference tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship for volleyball (see below).

Basketball was adjusted back to 18 games for all of the conference schools for the 2010-11 season. Just as with volleyball, the league was split six and six with one half of the league playing double round robin and single round robin with other half and vice versa. In basketball two additional games against the other half of the conference were added to total 18 conference dates. One group of standings will be kept in the conference and seeding for the conference tournament determined from those standings. The GPAC regular season champion will gain an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship for basketball (see below).

The GPAC Volleyball and Basketball Tournaments will feature eleven teams this year with the one-five seeds receiving opening round byes. Each tournament will feature ten total matches/games.

The Dordt College football and basketball schedules have been finalized while the volleyball schedule remains a work in progress with some dates being finalized. 

Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Football

Volleyball

With the loss of Dana the GPAC will lose some second automatic berths to the NAIA National Championships.

Here is breakdown of the current NAIA National Championship bids for the GPAC in 2010-11:

Football – One automatic bid (no change) – Team must be in top 20 in final NAIA poll (conference must have six schools to receive the football automatic berth if in top 20)

Volleyball – One automatic bid (loss of one bid) – Two bids awarded for every 12 NAIA teams.

Men’s Soccer – One automatic bid (loss of one bid) – Two bids awarded for every 12 NAIA teams.

Women’s Soccer – One automatic bid (loss of one bid) – Two bids awarded for every 12 NAIA teams.

Men’s Cross Country – One automatic bid (loss of one bid) – Two bids awarded for every 12 NAIA teams.

Women’s Cross Country – One automatic bid (loss of one bid) – Two bids awarded for every 12 NAIA teams.

Men’s Basketball (DII) – Two automatic bids (no change) – Two bids awarded for every 10 NAIA teams.

Women’s Basketball (DII) – Two automatic bids (no change) – Two bids awarded for every 10 NAIA teams.

Wrestling – No change in qualifying (individual qualifying)

Indoor Track and Field – No change in qualifying (individual qualifying)

Baseball – Two automatic bids (no change) – Two bids awarded for every 10 NAIA teams.

Softball – Two automatic bids (no change) – Two bids awarded for every 12 NAIA teams.

Women’s Golf – Two automatic bids (no change) – Two bids awarded for every 12 NAIA teams.

Men’s Golf – One automatic bid (loss of one bid) – Two bids awarded for every 12 NAIA teams.

Men’s Tennis – One automatic bid (no change) – One bid for every 6 NAIA teams.

Women’s Tennis – One automatic bid (no change) – One bid for every 6 NAIA teams.

Outdoor and Outdoor Track and Field – No change in qualifying (individual qualifying)

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