NCAA says softball committee will welcome feedback following WCWS complaints

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In a statement made to ESPN on Wednesday, the NCAA announced that it would be “soliciting feedback” after the organization faced criticism following the Women’s College World Series.

Scheduling is at the top of the list of complaints following the tournament. A major point of contention was the Florida State, Oklahoma State elimination game which ended at 2:18 a.m. Oklahoma City time. Critics say the late end time was due to scheduling failures and mismanagement. Unlike the men’s competition, the WCWS does not feature days off between games.

Inequities in training facilities, batting cages and locker rooms were also the focus of mounting grievances during the WCWS.

“The NCAA Division I Softball Committee, which includes active softball coaches and administrators from the membership, oversees the format and scheduling for the Women’s College World Series. The committee is actively discussing and soliciting feedback on adjustments to the schedule in Oklahoma City and will continue overall review and advancements to the Women’s College World Series to ensure an outstanding student-athlete championship experience,” NCAA senior vice president Joni Comstock told ESPN.