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NCAA Week 4 – Schedule and Links

Friday, January 24
Scores Stream
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Western Michigan @ Eastern Michigan LINK ESPN3
6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT – Rutgers @ [9] Michigan LINK BTN+
FLO
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [12] Kentucky @ [19] Arkansas LINK SECN
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – [8] LSU @ [2] Florida LINK ESPN2
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – UW-Stout @ Winona State   FREE
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – Gustavus Adolphus @ Hamline    
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [20] Missouri @ [14] Auburn LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Northern Illinois @ Illinois State LINK  
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Arizona State @ [5] Utah LINK FREE
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [15] BYU @ Southern Utah LINK FREE
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – George Washington, Sacramento State, Alaska @ UC Davis LINK FREE
Saturday, January 25
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Rhode Island @ Yale   ESPN+
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Oregon State @ [22] Arizona LINK FREE
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Iowa @ Penn State LINK BTN
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – [11] Maryland, [23] Central Michigan @ Ohio State LINK BTN+
FLO
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Towson @ NC State LINK ACCNX
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Pittsburgh @ North Carolina LINK ACCNX
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – UW-Whitewater @ UW-Eau Claire    
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [17] Illinois @ [7] Minnesota LINK BTN+
FLO
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Cortland @ Centenary    
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Metroplex Challenge
[1] Oklahoma, [4] Denver, [5] Alabama, [18] Georgia
  FLO
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Utah State @ Air Force LINK FREE
Sunday, January 26
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Bowling Green, UW-La Crosse, SEMO @ Ball State LINK FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Rutgers @ Penn LINK ESPN+
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Bridgeport, Rhode Island @ Brown LINK  
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Cornell, Brockport, Springfield @ Southern Connecticut LINK FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Ithaca, West Chester @ Ursinus   FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [16] Nebraska @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
FLO
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – New Hampshire, Temple @ West Virginia LINK FREE
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Lindenwood, Kent State, UW-Oshkosh @ TWU   FREE
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [10] Cal @ [24] Washington LINK P12N
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [21] Boise State, Seattle Pacific @ San Jose State LINK FREE
Monday, January 27
Scores Stream
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – [3] UCLA @ [25] Stanford   FREE

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

#13 Iowa State is idle this week.

Meets on Monday are not included as part of week 4 for ranking purposes, but I include them here because I won’t post links again until after they’re done.

Continue reading NCAA Week 4 – Schedule and Links

NCAA Week 3 – Schedule and Links

Thursday, January 16
Scores Stream
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Penn State @ [10] Nebraska   ESPN2
Friday, January 17
Scores Stream
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – UW-Eau Claire @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [2] Florida @ [19] Missouri LINK SECN
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – NC State, Lindenwood, North Carolina @ [11] Kentucky LINK SEC+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Cornell, West Chester, William & Mary @ Towson LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – UW-Stout, UW-Whitewater @ UW-Oshkosh   FREE
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – [24] West Virginia @ [12] Iowa State LINK ISU ($)
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [3] Denver @ Arkansas LINK SEC+
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Western Michigan @ Northern Illinois LINK NIU ($)
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – SEMO @ Illinois State LINK ESPN3
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – [20] Auburn @ [7] LSU LINK SECN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [1] Oklahoma @ [9] Alabama LINK ESPN2
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – UC Davis @ Arizona State LINK FREE
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – [21] Arizona, Oregon State @ Sacramento State LINK FREE
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT – Air Force @ Seattle Pacific LINK FREE
Saturday, January 18
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Ithaca, Springfield @ Brockport   FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [6] Minnesota, Bowling Green, Ursinus @ Rutgers LINK BTN+
FLO
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [16] Michigan @ [13] Illinois LINK BTN+
FLO
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – UW-La Crosse @ Hamline    
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – San Jose State @ Alaska LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Ohio State @ Michigan State   BTN+
FLO
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Southern Utah @ New Hampshire LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Cortland, Southern Connecticut @ Temple LINK FREE
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – TWU @ Centenary    
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [5] UCLA, Utah State @ [15] BYU LINK BYUTV
Sunday, January 19
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Kent State, Cornell, Penn @ George Washington LINK FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – [14] Central Michigan @ Eastern Michigan LINK ESPN3
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Yale, Brown, Rhode Island @ Bridgeport    
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Ball State @ Pittsburgh LINK ACCNX
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Iowa @ [8] Maryland LINK* BTN+
FLO
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [25] Stanford @ [18] Cal   P12N
Monday, January 20
Scores Stream
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [12] Iowa State @ [17] Georgia LINK SEC+
2:30pm ET/11:30am PT – Arkansas @ [1] Oklahoma LINK FSN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – [22] Boise State @ [23] Washington LINK FREE
Tuesday, January 21
Scores Stream
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Winona State @ UW-Eau Claire    

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

#4 Utah is idle this week.

Meets on Monday and Tuesday are not included as part of week 3 for ranking purposes, but I include them here because I won’t post links again until after they’re done.

*The password is “TERPS” because it’s password protected for some reason.

Continue reading NCAA Week 3 – Schedule and Links

NCAA Week 2 – Schedule and Links

Thursday, January 9
Scores Stream
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Nebraska @ Southern Utah LINK FREE
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – Winona State @ Gustavus Adolphus LINK FREE
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Lindenwood, Temple @ [6] Illinois LINK BTN+
FLO
Friday, January 10
Scores Stream
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – [8] Missouri @ [10] Kentucky LINK SECN
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT –UW-Whitewater @ Hamline    
6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT –Washington, TWU @ Michigan LINK BTN+
FLO
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Arkansas @ Florida LINK SEC+
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – UW-La Crosse @ UW-Oshkosh    
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – [7] LSU @ [12] Georgia LINK SECN
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Alabama @ [16] Auburn LINK SECN
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT – [22] SEMO, UW-Eau Claire @ Alaska   FREE
Saturday, January 11
Scores Stream
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – [18] New Hampshire @ Pittsburgh LINK ACCNX
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Central Michigan, [25] Illinois State @ [20] Michigan State LINK BTN+
FLO
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – West Virginia @ [17] Penn State LINK BTN+
FLO
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – NC State @ Ohio State   BTN+
FLO
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Seattle Pacific, Centenary @ [15] Oregon State LINK FREE
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Iowa State, Rutgers, [11] Western Michigan @ [13] Arizona LINK FREE
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Eastern Michigan @ Bowling Green LINK  
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – Air Force, Ball State @ [19] Iowa   BTN+
FLO
6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT – [1] Oklahoma @ [14] Arizona State LINK ESPNU
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – Maryland, George Washington, West Chester @ Boston, MA    
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Best of Utah ([4] Utah, Southern Utah, BYU, Utah State) LINK  
Sunday, January 12
Scores Stream
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT – Brockport @ Rhode Island   FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Northern Illinois @ Kent State LINK FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Towson @ Penn LINK ESPN+
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Cortland @ Ursinus   FREE
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Yale, Brown, Southern Connecticut @ Springfield   FREE
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – William & Mary @ North Carolina LINK ACCNX
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Minnesota @ [2] Denver LINK DU ($)
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – [5] Cal, [9] Stanford, San Jose State, [22] Sacramento State @ [21] UC Davis LINK FREE
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Boise State @ [3] UCLA LINK P12N
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – [22] SEMO @ Alaska LINK FREE

Links will continue to be added as they become available.

Friday delivers the first SEC rush of the season, with all 8 teams competing within a 4.5 hour period. Oklahoma and Utah get going in the later meets on Saturday, and Denver and UCLA on Sunday. So a nice spread.

Continue reading NCAA Week 2 – Schedule and Links

NCAA Week 1 – Schedule and Links

Friday, January 3
Scores Stream
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – [8] Georgia, [11] Oregon State, Iowa, Bridgeport @ Critique Classic    
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – [12] Kentucky @ [5] Utah LINK P12N
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – Arizona @ [2] LSU LINK SEC+
Saturday, January 4
Scores Stream
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – [7] Denver, [13] Auburn, [21] Arizona State, [25] Penn State @ Collegiate Challenge   FLO
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – Illinois, SEMO @ [16] Missouri LINK SEC+
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – New Hampshire @ Illinois State LINK FREE
9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT – [1] Oklahoma, [4] UCLA, [9] Cal, [22] Stanford @ Collegiate Challenge   FLO
Sunday, January 5
Scores Stream
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT – Michigan State @ Western Michigan LINK  
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – UC Davis @ Sacramento State LINK  
Monday, January 6
Scores Stream
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – [15] Nebraska @ [23] BYU LINK BYUTV
Tuesday, January 7
Scores Stream
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Cortland @ Brockport    

Links will continue to be added as they become available because I think everyone might still be hungover at this point. NYE is no excuse for not having your links together in a timely fashion.

*The meets on Monday and Tuesday will not count as part of week 1 for ranking purposes, but I include them here because I won’t post links again until after those meets have passed.

#3 Florida, #6 Michigan, #10 Alabama, #14 Minnesota, #17 Washington, #18 Boise State, #19 Arkansas, #20 Iowa State, and #24 Ohio State are idle this week.


Meets marked SEC+ may be streamed on WatchESPN for those who have a log-in from a TV provider subscription—U-Verse, Spectrum, DirecTV, Dish, Xfinity, Verizon, Sling, Hulu, or YouTube TV.

Meets marked P12N will be broadcast live on TV and can also be streamed online at the link provided for those who have a log-in from a participating TV provider subscription. The Pac-12 Network provides an international subscription for those outside the US. Otherwise you’re probably left looking for last-minute bootleg streams, which do appear but can be finicky. That also applies if you are without the subscriptions listed above.

Meets marked FLO may be streamed through a paid subscription to FloGymnastics ($30/month).

Meets marked BYUTV will be on broadcast TV on the BYU Network or streamed for free at the link provided after making a profile and logging in.

Meets marked FREE are free at the link provided.

2020 NCAA Schedule Highlights

Soon, I’ll post the full schedule for all the teams and all the meets, but we’re still waiting on a few too many schools to get it together, so I’m waiting until the schedule is a little more complete to put up the whole thing.

So for the moment, it’s highlight time—a brief rundown of the biggest meets of the season and when they’re happening.

Some impressions:

  • Neutral location quad meets are all the rage. Anyone who’s anyone has at least one (and probably seven) obscurely named large-group meets on the schedule this year. The season-opening Critique Classic is a highly appropriate way to begin the season, helping everyone remember how good we are at critiquing things and what important work it is that truly needs to be commemorated with its own meet. #TheRealHeroes
  • The “This Was Where Ohashi’s Viral Routine Happened” Challenge has expanded to two sessions this year, and the Metroplex field gives it a good argument for the best meet of the year.
  • Aside from those group meets, lots of teams are skipping out on the first weekend of the year and waiting until the 10th-12th to start competing, which is fairly normal. The closer the first weekend of the season moves to New Year’s, the fewer teams opt to compete.
  • Nebraska has two separate ESPN2 meets on Thursdays this year—January 16 against Penn State and January 30 against Michigan. Go ahead on Nebraska? The UCLA/Utah meet on February 23 will also be an ESPN2 joint.
WEEK 1
Friday, January 3
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Critique Classic (Georgia, Oregon State, Iowa, Bridgeport)
Saturday, January 4
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Collegiate Challenge Session 1 (Denver, Auburn, Penn State, Arizona State)
9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT – Collegiate Challenge Session 2 (Oklahoma, UCLA, Cal, Stanford)
WEEK 2
Friday, January 10
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – LSU @ Georgia
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Alabama @ Auburn
Saturday, January 11
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Best of Utah (Utah, Southern Utah, BYU, Utah State) @ West Valley City, UT
Sunday, January 12
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Minnesota @ Denver
5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT – NorCal Classic (Cal, Stanford, San Jose State, Sacramento State @ UC Davis)
WEEK 3
Thursday, January 16
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Penn State @ Nebraska
Friday, January 17
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – Auburn @ LSU
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT – Oklahoma @ Alabama
Sunday, January 19
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Stanford @ Cal
WEEK 4
Friday, January 24
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – LSU @ Florida
Saturday, January 25
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Metroplex Challenge (Oklahoma, Denver, Georgia, Alabama)
WEEK 5
Thursday, January 30
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Michigan @ Nebraska
Friday, January 31
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Florida @ Kentucky
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – Alabama @ LSU
WEEK 6
Friday, February 7
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Denver, Iowa State @ Florida
Saturday, February 8
2:30pm ET/11:30am PT – LSU, Arizona State @ Oregon State
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT – Utah @ Cal
WEEK 7
Friday, February 14
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – GQ Invite (LSU, Missouri, Iowa St, Lindenwood)
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – Florida @ Auburn
Saturday, February 15
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT – Oregon State @ Utah
Sunday, February 16
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT – Kentucky @ LSU
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Cal @ Stanford
7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT – Nebraska @ Minnesota
WEEK 8
Friday, February 21
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Alabama @ Florida
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Big Five (Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Rutgers)
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Oklahoma v. Stanford @ Oklahoma City, OK
Saturday, February 22
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Oregon State @ Cal
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Big Five (Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Maryland, Michigan State)
Sunday, February 23
6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT – Utah @ UCLA
WEEK 9
Friday, February 28
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT – Florida @ Georgia
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – Kentucky @ Alabama
Saturday, February 29
12:30pm ET/9:30am PT – Denver @ Oklahoma
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – UCLA @ Oregon State
Sunday, March 1
WEEK 10
Friday, March 6
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – Michigan @ Oklahoma
Saturday, March 7
8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT – Georgia @ Alabama
Sunday, March 8
4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT – Cal @ UCLA
WEEK 11
Friday, March 13
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Alabama v. Auburn @ Brimingham, AL
Saturday, March 14
3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT – Oklahoma @ Minnesota
8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT – Denver @ Nebraska
WEEK 12
Saturday, March 21
TBD – Big Ten Championship (Columbus, OH)
TBD – Pac-12 Championship (West Valley City, UT)
TBD – SEC Championship (Duluth, GA)
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Big 12 Championship (Morgantown, WV)
MEET WEEK 14 – March 30-April 5
Thursday, April 2
TBD –  Penn State Regional Play-in
TBD –  Oklahoma Regional Play-in
TBD –  Denver Regional Play-in
TBD –  UCLA Regional Play-in
Friday, April 3
TBD –  Penn State Regional Semifinal #1
TBD –  Oklahoma Regional Semifinal #1
TBD – Denver Regional Semifinal #1
TBD –  UCLA Regional Semifinal #1
TBD –  Penn State Regional Semifinal #2
TBD –  Oklahoma Regional Semifinal #2
TBD –  Denver Regional Semifinal #2
TBD –  UCLA Regional Semifinal #2
Saturday, April 4
TBD –  Penn State Regional Final
TBD –  Oklahoma Regional Final
TBD –  Denver Regional Final
TBD –  UCLA Regional Final
MEET WEEK 15 – April 6-April 12
Friday, April 10
TBD – USAG Championship Semifinal 1
TBD – USAG Championship Semifinal 2
Saturday, April 11
TBD – USAG Championship Team Final
Sunday, April 12
TBD – USAG Championship Event Finals
MEET WEEK 15 – April 13-April 19
Friday, April 17
TBD – National Semifinal #1
TBD – National Semifinal #2
Saturday, April 18
TBD – National Championship

Regional Championships Headquarters

Let this be the repository of all the information you could possibly need for each of this week’s regional competitions.

Beginning with the links and viewing instructions. And remember, don’t shoot the messenger.

Thursday, April 4
Scores Stream
Info
3:00 ET/12:00 PT
Georgia Play-in
[31] NC State
[34] New Hampshire
LINK ESPN3

Preview

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3:00 ET/12:00 PT
Michigan Play-in
[29] Illinois
[30] Central Michigan
LINK FLO

Preview

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Projected Lineups/NQS

4:00 ET/1:00 PT
LSU Play-in
[35] George Washington
[36] Lindenwood
LINK ESPN3

Preview

Rotations

Projected Lineups/NQS

6:00 ET/3:00 PT
Oregon St Play-in
[32] Iowa
[33] Arizona
LINK FREE

Preview

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Friday, April 5
Scores Stream
Info
2:00 ET/11:00 PT
Georgia Semifinal #1
[8] Georgia
[9] Kentucky
[19] Missouri
[22] Iowa State
LINK SEC+

Preview

Rotations

Projected Lineups/NQS

2:00 ET/11:00 PT
Michigan Semifinal #1
[7] Michigan
[10] Alabama
[23] Penn State
{26] Ohio State
LINK FLO

Preview

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3:00 ET/12:00 PT
LSU Semifinal #1
[6] Utah
[11] Minnesota
[17] BYU
[20] Arkansas
LINK SEC+

Preview

Rotations

Projected Lineups/NQS

5:00 ET/2:00 PT
Oregon State Semifinal #1
[5] Denver
[12] Boise State
[18] Washington
[24] Southern Utah
LINK FREE
(main)
FLO
(events)

Preview

Rotations

Projected Lineups/NQS

7:00 ET/4:00 PT
Georgia Semifinal #2
[1] Oklahoma
[15] Cal
[28] Maryland
Play-in winner
LINK ESPN3

Preview

Rotations

Projected Lineups/NQS

7:00 ET/4:00 PT
Michigan Semifinal #2
[2] UCLA
[14] Nebraska
[27] West Virginia
Play-in winner
LINK FLO

Preview

Rotations

Projected Lineups/NQS

8:00 ET/5:00 PT
LSU Semifinal #2
[3] LSU
[13] Auburn
[21] Arizona State
Play-in winner
LINK SEC+

Preview

Rotations

Projected Lineups/NQS

10:00 ET/7:00 PT
Oregon State Semifinal #2
[4] Florida
[16] Oregon State
{25] Stanford
Play-in winner
LINK FREE
(main)
FLO
(events)

Preview

Rotations

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Saturday, April 6
Scores Stream
Info
7:00 ET/4:00 PT
Georgia Regional Final
LINK SEC+

Preview

Rotations**

Projected Lineups/NQS

7:00 ET/4:00 PT
Michigan Regional Final
LINK FLO

Preview

Rotations**

Projected Lineups/NQS

8:00 ET/5:00 PT
LSU Regional Final
LINK SEC+

Preview

Rotations**

Projected Lineups/NQS

10:00 ET/7:00 PT
Oregon St Regional Final
LINK FREE
(main)
FLO
(events)

Preview

Rotations**

Projected Lineups/NQS

  • The Georgia and LSU regionals will be broadcast online on the WatchESPN platform, with the sessions involving SEC teams on SEC+ and the sessions not involving SEC teams in ESPN3. Access requires a log-in from your TV provider.
  • The Oregon State regional sessions will have a main feed on the Pac-12 network website that is free to access and will bop around from team to team. Dedicated event feeds will be on FLO behind the paywall.
  • The Michigan regional sessions will be exclusively on FLO behind the paywall.

It’s getting rough out there. And by there, I mean Twitter. The news that the Michigan regional is exclusively on FLO has not gone over well—particularly because the NCAA used to enforce a rule that streams on services that are normally behind a subscription paywall had to be free for regionals. No more, apparently. It’s almost like the NCAA shortsightedly cares only about money in the immediate sense, and not so much the growth and exposure of women’s college gymnastics and fan access. Or something. Just spitballing here.

Among the reasons we were sold on the change in the postseason format was the desire to make these meets more broadcast friendly in order to improve exposure. (I was in it more for the increased number of rounds of competition and increased stakes that come with making it harder to advance to nationals, and also the elimination of those stupid-ass byes.) It’s a very noble and necessary goal, increasing exposure of the championship meets, and something had to be done about these unwieldy regionals that have been stuck in the purgatory of web streams even as TV exposure of the normal, random regular season meets grows every year.

It’s the most bizarre situation—an early-season February dual with Michigan and Nebraska is live on big ESPN even though it ultimately matters 0%, and then when the meets actually matter for elimination purposes, it’s like, “Here’s a fuzzy live stream of a 1/4 of a beam routine hosted by Shard Brockingdude, and he will call the gymnasts players.” We need to get these elimination regional meets to a much better state of exposure. Why isn’t the Oregon State regional on the Pac-12 Network like every other meet this season? Why aren’t the Georgia and LSU regionals on the SEC Network like every other meet this season? That’s where we need to go. Like soon. Like now. And I do think the new format makes it more likely to get there. And maybe selling to Flo and showing that there’s a market is a stepping stone on that path? I don’t know. But in the short run, it’s so bad and aggressively undermines the goal of more eyes and more visibility.

All I can offer you is a live blog.


**We obviously don’t have the actual rotation order for the Saturday regionals yet because we don’t know who’s competing in them, but the rotation order will be as follows:
Vault – Semifinal #2 Runner-up
Bars – Semifinal #1 Runner-up
Beam – Semifinal #2 Winner
Floor – Semifinal #1 Winner


With the new format, there are fewer meet conflicts than during regionals in past years when we often had five sessions going on at once, but Friday will still be pretty jammed. What I mean is, you’re still going to want a rotation schedule.