by Nick Gilbert / March 29, 2021
The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s busiest time of year has graced us for the first time in two years, after skipping last year due to the newly found pandemic COVID-19. March is a time for madness when it comes to the NCAA and with the exception of last year’s unforeseen ‘madness’, this year’s madness is happening in more ways than one. The women’s tournament kicked off in San Antonio’s Alamodome Sunday, March 21, and the tournament started with the NCAA management in hot water.
It was brought to the Association’s attention that the men’s tournament which is being held in Indiana had a much better set up and availability when it came to weights and a workout area, with multiple machines and room enough for many players to safely workout and ensure good exercise. On the other hand, the Women participating had a single weight stand with minimal sets of weights, not nearly enough equipment or variety for the 64 teams competing. The women were told there was not enough adequate space to create an equally fit workout area.
It was brought to the NCAA’s attention via social media that players and coaches tweeted and made videos about, and the general public was not impressed. The NCAA had to make right with this situation. NCAA President Mark Emmert said earlier that the workout area ‘never was intended to be a weight room’ but had to quickly backpedal and find a way to accommodate the ladies in having an equally equipped room like the men. The voices were heard and the NCAA made right. The women now have an exceptional facility to maintain good workout routines while being held in a bubble for the duration of the tournament. With the Sweet Sixteen wrapping up, the Elite Eight is shaping up to be an exciting finish.