FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between club and varsity
How are the All-Conference teams selected?
Who selects Player of the Week?
Can I stay at the league hotel and receive the discounted rate?
Where can I purchase pictures of the championships?
Who determines the weekly polls?
People normally ask what the primary differences are between varsity and club play. That is difficult to answer briefly because the individual teams that comprise each group are themselves very diverse in every category, from funding to ability. However, as a general rule, the following differences apply to each category.
Varsity teams are organized and supervised by their athletic departments, have paid coaches, and follow the NCAA rules and regulations affecting eligibility. In addition, the competitive level of varsity competition is generally higher than that of the club level.
The collegiate club teams on the other hand are normally student-run. Some teams do have coaches and some of these coaches are paid, although none are full-time. They are not required to meet NCAA eligibility requirements, they do not offer scholarships, and the programs are supervised by their sport club or intramural offices. The level of play within the top collegiate clubs is sometimes stronger than the lower level of varsity programs, but as a general rule it is less intense than the varsity competition.
The main difference student-athletes will recognize stems from the funding. While varsity teams are typically well funded, meaning the students do not pay to travel, the majority of the club teams must raise funds to meet their financial obligations. Fortunately, the newly organized conference structures are offering these institutions a more credible outlet and consequently the funding with many collegiate club teams has increased dramatically.
Representatives from each team rank their own players in order of ability and send their names to the CWPA office by the deadline noted on the Coaches' Calendar. The CWPA office compiles the rankings by division and releases the information to every team to serve as a guide when voting. Teams then vote for the top 12 field players, two goalies, a Most Valuable Player, and a Coach of the Year, using the ballot available on the web site. The office compiles the votes and publishes the results at the conclusion of each season.
The regional Top 20 pollsters vote for varsity Player of the Week based on nominations received in the office by Monday at 5:00 PM. For collegiate club teams, the Director of Communications selects the individual based on nominations submitted. If more than one nomination is received, he may convene a panel when necessary. Nominations should include the player's name, year at school, and relevant statistical information.
stay at the league hotel and receive the discounted
Absolutely! Unless there are unusual circumstances resulting in a lack of available rooms for the teams, the hotel block we reserve is available for both athletes and fans alike. Simply call the hotel and mention the code.
Simply click on the link on the upper right hand menu item of the website to order any pictures taken from various events.
Sports Information Directors and coaches around the country comprise the various poll committees. Each week these individuals review scores and turn in their ballots which are then tabulated by the CWPA Director of Communications and published. The CWPA staff does not vote nor does it have any influence on the rankings published each week.