No More Super Six: NCAA Changes Postseason Format Starting In 2019

The NCAA Women's Gymnastics Committee has approved significant changes to the postseason format beginning in 2019. The NCAA Championships will now feature a four-team final ("Four on the Floor") instead of the customary Super Six final. There will be two four-team semifinals to determine the final four teams.

The new bracket for postseason competition also includes a four-site regional and super-regional model which will replace the old format of one day of competition at six regional sites.

In the new model, the regional and super-regional competition will occur at four different sites around the country and will last three days. The goal of the new format is to "reduce the length of each meet in the championship by more than an hour, which places a priority on student-athlete health and well-being."

The committee first proposed the postseason changes at its meeting on June 6-8 in which it discussed at length all aspects on NCAA women's gymnastics.

View the minutes from the meeting here

REGIONAL COMPETITION


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Aligning with the current practice, unseeded teams will be assigned to regional sites by geographic proximity.

Play-In
During the first round of regional competition -- to be held the first day of the regionals weekend -- two teams at each site will compete in a play-in. Thus, there will be four dual meets across the country between teams ranked Nos. 29-36. The winner of each meet will advance to a regional session.

For the play-in competition, individual qualifiers will include the top 16 individual all-around competitors and top 16 event specialists who are not part of an advancing team (Based on national Regional Qualifying Score).

Regionals
In regional competition -- to be held on day two -- there will be four teams competing at the four sites across the country with the top two from each session advancing to the Super Regional.

The all-around winner of each play-in meet (from a non-qualifying team) will compete at regionals, along with the top-finishing gymnast on each event (from a non-qualifying team).

Super Regionals
From the Super Regional -- on day three -- the top two teams will qualify to the national semifinal.

The all-around winner of each regional meet (from a non-qualifying team) will compete at the Super Regionals, along with the top-finishing gymnast on each event (from a non-qualifying team).

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP


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There will be two four-team semifinals with the top two teams from each advancing to the "Four on the Floor" final.

The top all-arounder and top event finisher on each event (from a non-qualifying team) at each Super Regional advances to the NCAA Championships.


Complete postseason bracket via NCAA minutes
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