1. In order to qualify for consideration by the committee:
  1. Teams must be members of the ECAC and sponsor the sport on the varsity level; and
  2. Each team must be eligible under the rules of:

    1. Its institution;
    2. The ECAC and
    3. The NCAA.
  1. NCAA rules governing eligibility of individual student-athletes to participate in NCAA championships shall be applied to each prospective participant, including those rules contained in the NCAA Constitution and Bylaws.
  2. Please refer to NCAA Bylaw 17 (maximum allowable contests and annual exemptions) regarding regular- season play and postseason championships.
  3. A team must compile an overall divisional record of .500 or better.

Team Championship Selection Criteria (Approved 10/02/02)

The committee will review all of the following primary criteria (in priority order):

  1. Divisional winning percentage, head-to-head results, results against common opponents;
  2. Strength-of-schedule to be determined in part by results against teams selected into the NCAA or already in the tournament; and
  3. Regular season conference standings.

Note:  The committee must review all criteria above in the order listed.  A team may have an excellent winning percentage; however the strength of schedule and results against teams in the tournament also must be examined. 

If the analysis of the primary criteria does not result in a decision by the committee, then the remaining institution's schedules may be evaluated using the following criteria in priority order:

Primary Criteria (each component should be valued equally)

Divisional winning percentage
Head-to-head results
Results against common opponents

Secondary Criteria

Regular season conference standings
Overall winning percentage

Note: Any extenuating circumstances regarding team selection and/or seeding shall be handled by the ECAC Championships Committee.

Geographic / Economic Factors

The following factors should be considered in addition to the Selection Criteria during the seeding process, in an effort to reduce travel costs and time as well as improve the overall experience for competing institutions.  These factors should not be considered until after the initial competing institutions are selected.

Travel distance for quarterfinal round games

Travel costs for quarterfinal round games

Avoiding repeat competition from regular season for quarterfinal round games