I know everyone is all gaga over all these seniors choosing to stick around and do yet another year of ncaa, but it is going to create a shit show for all the teams for years to come. I totally understand why they thought they needed to offer some incentive to get girls to not opt-out (in fear of committing to compete and then getting the season shut down from covid protocols and ‘wasting’ their eligibility). That being said…the ncaa should’ve put stipulations down for just who is eligible to come back. It should not be that everyone is eligible! It should’ve been made clear that you are eligible only IF your season was cancelled, or a (pre-determined) % of your season is cancelled. This crap of seeing girls from teams that competed 100% of their seasons, up to and including making it to Regionals and/or Nationals is utter nonsense! Why…they competed more of a season than anyone on last years teams and those teams were not eligible. And all this nonsense is mucking up the chemistry and dynamics of what coaches had planned when recruiting. So, who really gets screwed when these girls all opt to stay (and some teams have 3/4 of this years seniors returning). It’s the current juniors who have been waiting for their turn to shine as the seniors. They now share their senior highights. And really it’s every girl who has been waiting for her turn to shine, but now fights for a spot on an overloaded team. Teams now have to finance for overloaded teams…not just scholarships (that may or not be the case with some), but with funding for apparel and for travel (and who gets to travel if funding is an issue).
I know I sound cranky as hell…but really! Did NCAA even think this through??? I know that I am in the minority on this, but this just seems like a horridly thought out idea that someone just ran with.