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Petition for 2 Divisions in USCAA Men's Soccer

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To whom it may concern at the USCAA,

My name is Jacob Guttierrez and I am the coach of the men’s soccer team at Christendom College. I have been coaching here under the USCAA for the past 5 years.

The USCAA has certainly made much progress during that time and has taken some leaps forward especially in the last 2 years. Things seem more professional and more organized. It also appears the Fall National Championships were well executed.

It has become quite apparent to me though, that the national tournament is in fact not a “level playing field.” This working principle of a “level playing field” is the heart of the USCAA. Needless to say, it can be found all over its literature.

“We will continue to serve our mission by accepting small colleges across the country with similar enrollment figures and athletic department resources.”

And even stronger, “The USCAA exists to provide small colleges the opportunity to compete against like institutions in size and resources for National Championships…”

“…a level playing field for post-season competition.”

Teams that 'would be' D1 have dominated the USCAA national tournament for quite a while now. They have resources, almost exclusively in the form of scholarships, that allow them to recruit players that place them far, far above the playing field of nearly every single 'would be' D2 team.

According to my count there should be around 23 D1 teams and 40 D2 teams (No doubt, you have these numbers). That’s more D1 teams than basketball has had.

In this petition you will find a list of coaches, who would be D2, and feel that it is now time for there to be 2 divisions in Men’s Soccer.

If the USCAA persists in not forming 2 divisions for men's soccer, then as USCAA members, we respectfully request an explanation on how there is a level playing field at the National Tournament between 'would be' D1 teams and 'would be' D2 teams.


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