NWAC Menís and Womenís Basketball Championship Tournament moves to Everett Community College
The Northwest Athletic Association (NWAC) is pleased to announce that the NWAC Men’s and Women’s Championship Basketball Tournaments will be held at Everett Community College in 2016, 2017, and 2018.†
The NWAC Executive Board reviewed a variety of proposals this past spring and voted unanimously on the Everett proposal.† “The Snohomish County Sports Commission is excited to be partnering with Everett Community College and NWAC to host the NWAC Men and Women Basketball Championships for the next three years. We look forward to welcoming the basketball teams to the City of Everett and Snohomish County” states Tammy Dunn, Sports Development Manager.
2016 will mark a change in the tournament format and location as for the past 14 years the tournament has been a 16 team modified double elimination and held in Kennewick, Washington.††
Saturday, March 5, begins round 1 of the 2016 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament will be hosted by the number 1 and 2 seeds from their respective regions against the 3 and 4 seeds from other regions. Winners of round 1 advance to the Elite Eight which will be held at Everett Community College, March 10-13, 2016.† The format of the Elite Eight will be modified double elimination.
An additional change will be the inclusion of the men’s and women’s all-star games to the championship tournament.† The all-star games will be played the evening of March 10 and there will be one sophomore all-star game for both men and women.† Participants in the all-star games will be voted on by coaches within the conference and will be from teams that are not playing in the Elite Eight.†
The conference continues to look at the all-star format and this one-year trial may grow into a more comprehensive sophomore showcase, which is currently done in NWAC baseball and softball.
According to NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia, “as the NWAC continues to evolve, the change in format, all-star games, and venue, should help make our championships a better experience for our student-athletes.”