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NCAA Division I facts for kids

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Division I is the highest level of college sports in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. Its schools generally have the biggest budgets, the best facilities, and offer more their students more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III.

Below is a list of sports conferences belonging to Division I:

Football Bowl Subdivision

Football Championship Subdivision

These conferences only play football:

Other conferences

These conferences do not play football, but do play basketball:

These conferences play more than one sport, but do not play either football or basketball:

  • Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (men's and women's swimming and diving, plus women's beach volleyball)
  • Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

These conferences only play ice hockey:

The only Division I all-sports conference that plays either men's or women's ice hockey is the Big Ten. It started a men's hockey league in 2013–14.

These conferences only play water polo. All three run men's and women's leagues.

One conference competes only in wrestling:

  • Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association

These conferences play only one sport:

  • Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges
  • Pacific Coast Swim Conference

In some sports, the NCAA does not split schools into divisions because only a small number of schools play a given sport. Technically, conferences in these sports are not Division I. However, most of the schools in these conferences are in Division I in other sports.

These conferences only play men's volleyball (note that women's volleyball is split into divisions):

  • Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
  • Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association

These conferences only compete in skiing:

  • Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association
  • Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association

These conferences only compete in gymnastics:

  • Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League (men only)
  • Midwest Independent Conference (women only)
  • Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference (women only)

These conferences only compete in rifle shooting:

  • Great America Rifle Conference
  • Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference
  • Patriot Rifle Conference

This conference only does fencing:

  • Midwest Fencing Conference

This conference only does bowling (the ten-pin variety, which is an NCAA sport for women only):

  • Southland Bowling League

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