The National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships has reconfigured its qualification structure for the 2014 National Championships and the 2013-2014 Qualifier Season. These changes were made to provide a broader base for the national growth of collegiate disc golf.
Let's start with the 2014 Championship format changes to begin the explanation. The event will be a four day competition that will start on Wednesday and end on Saturday. There are essentially three phases to the tournament broken up by days of competition, Wednesday, Thursday - Saturday morning, and Saturday Afternoon.
On Wednesday, 40 teams will compete. Of those 40, 20 teams will advance to Thursday - Saturday competition. The remaining 20 will compete in the First Flight Championship. Scores from Wednesday will carry over to the cumulative scores.
From Thursday to Saturday morning, those 20 First Flight teams from 21st - 40th place from Wednesday will join 20 more open registration First Flight teams and will compete for the First Flight Championship. The 1st - 20th place teams from Wednesday will join the 20 teams that earned Bye-seeds and will continue to compete for the National Championship.
Saturday afternoon is the Finals for all three Championships. The scores from Wednesday - Saturday morning will carry over to the Finals. The top 4 teams in the First Flight, the top 10 teams in the Women's National Championship, and the top 20 teams in the National Championship will compete in the Finals.
This Tournament Flow Chart helps visualize the changes.
This format produces 40 1st Round seeds and 20 Bye seeds to be given out through the different criteria listed here.
8 to 1st – 8th place at the previous year’s NCDGC
12 to 6 Regional Premier Qualifiers (2 each)
1st Round seeds
8 to 9th-16th at the previous year’s NCDGC
1 to previous year’s First Flight Championship
28 to Qualifier Events awarded to the 6 Regions proportional to number of active teams
2 to the Innova Collegiate Team Rankings system at the end of the regular season
1 to the non-qualified team with Highest Total Rankings Points
1 to the Highest ranked non-qualified team
Teams must have played in the 2013-2014 season to be eligible for the Rankings Seeds
And 1 team will get the Pete May Honorable Invitation
This Qualification Diagram helps visualize how teams will qualify.