Emery not happy with Division III schedule change

By Courtney Lewis - Last updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

At the 2013 NCAA Convention last Saturday, Division III passed a proposal that established Nov. 1 as the earliest date hockey competition can start.

The Division III Management Council stipulated that if Nov. 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, games can begin the previous Friday.

The Plattsburgh State men’s team has typically opened the season in late October, although some schools, notably the NESCAC members, have started later. This season, Plattsburgh’s first game was Oct. 26.

Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery isn’t happy with the way the change was made.

“Unfortunately — and it’s kind of disheartening — the NCCA, you would think that they would seek out from the coaches themselves what their opinion is before they make a vote,” Emery said. “If the administration and the presidents all want to make a vote on something, they should at least think what’s best for the game, and usually the coaches know what’s best for the game.

“Now if they want to go ahead and get the coaches’ opinion and then vote, that’s fine with us. But they didn’t even seek our opinion. So that’s real disheartening.”

Emery said the schedule will have to be more compact now.

“I don’t know what their thinking was,” he said. “Every sport’s unique, and we have a hard time getting all our games in on the weekend as it is. And it’s going to create a lot of midweek games, and it’s going to be hard.”



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