The Weirdness of Being the Lower-Seeded "Home" Team and the NIT’s Quest to Remove All Fun

dave@friarblog —  March 16th, 2009 8:03 PM
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I was perusing through the “Team Manual” PDF on the official NIT site.  Yes, it’s been a depressing Monday.

First of all, due to a scheduling conflict at Miami’s home court on Wednesday, the first round NIT matchup between #4 seed Miami and #5 Providence will be in Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  Why didn’t they just make us the higher seed?!?  Stay classy, NIT.  Anyway, how does that affect the game?

Team Uniforms
Color of uniform – the higher-seeded (home) team shall wear the light jersey.  The lower-seeded  (away) team must wear a contrasting color.

OK, so we know PC has to wear the road black uniforms.  Fine.

National Anthem
The higher-seeded (home) team’s band shall be given the first option to play the national anthem  prior to the game. If they defer, the lower-seeded team’s band will be given the option. If neither band is present or defers, the facility should provide a recording of the anthem.

Sweet, so Miami’s band (if they even bring them) might play the national anthem.

So will Miami get to have the more fancy player intros with lights off and spot lights before the game since they are the home team?  Apparently no team will.

There should be no “lights out”, laser shows, light shows, smoke shows, etc. during introductions  or during any part of a tournament game.

Well at least we will have our fans there ready to make a lot of noise.

Artificial Noisemakers
Artificial noisemakers, air horns and electronic amplifiers shall not be permitted, and such instruments shall be removed from the playing and spectator areas. The director of athletics shall be responsible for enforcing these provisions.

Disseminating Items
Cheerleading squads MAY NOT throw items (e.g., t-shirts, souvenir basketballs) into the general public seating areas at any time (including pre-game). In addition, spirit groups, alumni  groups or others affiliated with a competing institution may not place items in their institution’s
ticketed area prior to the game (i.e., pom poms, t-shirts, etc.).

Signs and Flags
Large signs, flags, or banners are not permitted. It is the director of athletics’ responsibility to  confiscate all prohibited articles. No sign, flags or banners of any size may be affixed to the facility. Items that can be held by one individual, reflect good sportsmanship and do not block
the view of other ticketed patrons may be permitted.

Flags of any size may be displayed or waved on the court only during pre-game activities and at half-time. The flags will not be permitted on the court during timeouts.

I’m sure the NCAA has these strict rules in place around all of college basketball  (about airhorns, offensive signs, and stuff).  It just seems a little harsh, ya know?  We can’t hand out towels?  I mean, geesh, can Friar Dom at least walk around and get people to cheer?

Game in Progress
Spirit squads and mascots are required to be seated or kneeling at all times when the game is in  progress.

Man, sounds like it’s going to be an awesome time for the fans there.  Surprised they don’t have

You must be remained seated at ALL TIMES, and must NEVER cross your legs!

Arms must be kept at your sides.

You may only cheer once every five minutes!

Every fan in attendance must wear grey, drab clothing!


At least they will be able to drown themselves in all the alcohol usually sold at the DUNK.

e. On dates of competition, no alcoholic beverages or “nonalcoholic beer” shall be  sold or dispensed for public or private consumption anywhere in the facility  property, other than in privately-owned suites specifically exempt by facility  contract. (Such beverages may not be delivered / brought to the site during the  time that the public has access to the facility for an NIT game).

What?  No alcohol?  That’s going to go over well.  Can the whole arena be exempt? Glad I’ll be home on my couch watching on ESPN2 while drinking beer, holding my over-sized signs/flags and blowing my airhorns without fear of getting in trouble by the NIT.

Here is the full manual

NIT Team Manual

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