NCAA rule change may effect JUCO Tournament turnout

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- For more than six decades, the National Junior College World Series has brought baseball players and fans to the Grand Valley.

But an NCAA rule change might affect turnout for the tournament. There’s talk that the recruiting calendar for college baseball might be changed around to give coaches more time off.

"Dead periods” would be blocked in on holidays like Father’s Day and the Fourth of July.

The concern is that Grand Junction’s JUCO tournament might fall in one of those “time off zones." So, would the tournament potentially move weekends to accommodate the change?

“Over my dead body!" JUCO Board Member Jamie Hamilton said, "The history of our success has been that weekend and that week. It kicks off summer, it gets excitement for the GJ Rockies. It's such a family atmosphere, I don't see that happening."

For the Avalon Theatre, fewer people at the tournament, coaches and recruiters included, could be bad for business.

“Keeping people around on Memorial Day weekend because there is something to do definitely impacts our ability to have special events that have people going downtown to shop or dine," said Maria Rainsdon, the General Manager at the Avalon.

Events there are usually scheduled for the tournament week, the Avalon is even listed on a “Grand Junction area attractions” handout given to JUCO teams and families upon arrival in the valley.

For now, the rule change is chatter. There haven’t been any alterations made to the calendar yet.