INDIANAPOLIS – In an effort to go green, the NCAA has limited the practice of producing hard copy tournament programs. Beginning this year, the programs will still be produced, but for select championships, they will only be made available electronically, free of charge.
These changes will affect Salisbury University fans for NCAA-qualifying teams in field hockey, men's and women's soccer and volleyball, all of which begin postseason play this week. The electronic versions of the programs for this week's Division III tournaments will be available at the links below. At each championship site posters with QR (Quick Response) codes will be posted, allowing fans to bring up the championship program on their properly equipped smart phones.
|2011 NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Championship Program QR Code|
|2011 NCAA Field Hockey Championship Program QR Code|
Salisbury will host an NCAA men's soccer first round contest on Thursday, at 1 p.m., at the SU Soccer Complex with the Sea Gulls taking on Neumann University. The Salisbury field hockey team will host second and third round games this weekend at Sea Gull Stadium, with the Gulls opening play in the tournament on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., against Montclair State University. The women's soccer team will travel to William Smith College this weekend while the volleyball team will head south to Christopher Newport University for a regional beginning on Friday.
The NCAA and IMG College, the exclusive publisher of game-day programs, will be producing 11 free digital programs while 14 other championships will still feature programs in the traditional magazine format.
"Providing audiences with more innovative and convenient ways to stay abreast of championship information is a key goal of the NCAA," said Greg Shaheen, Interim Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances, for the NCAA. "We live in a digital world, and we want to provide our fans, membership, student-athletes and media with the tools to gain access to all the data that will enhance their championship experience, on-site, on campus or at home."
To find a list of NCAA championship programs currently available in electronic format, visit www.NCAA.com/gameprograms.
Field Hockey – www.ncaa.com/diiifieldhockey
Men's and Women's Soccer – www.ncaa.com/diiisoccer
Volleyball – www.ncaa.com/diiiwomensvolleyball