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.