When I was first looking into Roberts Wesleyan, I was a little confused about where our athletic teams compete.
There were three emblems on the bottom of our athletic website: NCAA, Division II, and NCCAA.
I was able to make the connection that Roberts was a part of both the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association.) However, I was not immediately sure whether the college was NCAA DII or NCCAA DII, which would be a radically different product.
NCAA DII- the second of three tiers in collegiate sports, scholarship money is available, and a rather high level of competition.
NCCAA DII- very small bible colleges, probably no scholarship money, and a rather low level of competition.
It turns out that Roberts Wesleyan has a dual affiliation. We primarily compete in NCAA DII but have postseason opportunities in the NCCAA DI. This seems to work out as a pretty solid balance.
For myself and for many others, I believe DII is a great fit. It is a high level of athletic competition but does not consume the student-athlete’s entire life (emphasis on the student in student-athlete.)
We compete against strong competition throughout the regular season in and outside of our conference.
Our affiliation with the NCCAA offers Roberts teams who had a good season (over .600% win-lose record I believe), but did not qualify for the national tournament, an opportunity for a competitive postseason tournament against other Christian Colleges.
Through this affiliation, I have competed in the NCCAA Indoor Track meet at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, IN and the NCCAA Outdoor Track meet at Shorter University in Rome, GA.
I suppose if Roberts got to the point where our school is an elite competitor within DII (qualifying for national tournaments in various different sports) we could drop our dual affiliation.
But for the foreseeable future, it plays a role and enhances the Roberts student-athlete experience.