New Qualifying Format for the 2018 NWLA Tournament

After reviewing everything that happened in the 2017 version of the NWLA Tournament, we have decided to simplify the qualifying. The following changes will be instituted for the 2018 Tournament:

-The Top 13 finishers from the 2017 NWLA Tournament will be automatically qualified for the 2018 Nationals should they meet ALL of the eligibility requirements set forth by the Committee.
-There will be ONE Qualifying Tournament, at a location to be determined, where all non-automatically qualified teams will report to to qualify for a spot.
-BWACS will be considered as the first alternative for automatic qualifying should one of the Top 13 drop out.
-Qualifying format will be determined based on number of teams.

These changes will reduce the use of resources that could be used for the National Tournament. This will help bring a better tournament experience to both the Qualifying round and the National Tournament.

There will be further changes regarding other parts of the Tournament that will be announced at a later date.