Historical information (standings and statistics) about America's oldest collegiate conference is being added to this website with the addition of archival material dating back to the founding years in each of the 20 league-sponsored sports. This is a work in progress.

Watch this space during the 2014-15 school year for interesting historical anecdotes. Click here for more.

 

 

MIAA Unveils Composite Schedule/Live Scoreboard Feature

With the start of the 2014-15 season of competition, the MIAA and PrestoSports is offering a new feature for visitors to its website: a composite schedule and live scoreboard function for most of its contests.

The feature offers one-click access to up-to-the-minute game results across the conference. Once on the scoreboard, users can click onto audio and video broadcasts of each contest.

The composite schedule and live scoreboard will be available throughout the season.


   
 

Kalamazoo Hosts USTA/ITA Women's Tennis Regional

Kalamazoo will host the Central Region of the U.S. Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Small College women's tennis championships this weekend.

Players from four MIAA schools - Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo and Saint Mary's - will be among the players from throughout the Midwest competing in the tournament. Matches will be played at Kalamazoo's Stowe Stadium as well as Western Michigan University's courts.

Click here for the singles draw
Click here for the doubles draw




   
 

NCAA Reaches Out to Former Student-Athletes

The NCAA is excited to announce a new initiative in which they will be celebrating and reaching out to former student-athletes.

NCAA After The Game is a new resource for former NCAA student-athletes to help them search for and potenially gain employment, and will also act as a source for them to access helpful information regarding staying healthy after college.  Additionally, After The Game will share stories of former student-athletes who are continuing to give back to their communities, highlight a student-athlete’s success in college and beyond, and will also link them to other former student-athletes from their alma mater.

NCAA After The Game features a career center that fosters connections between former student-athletes and employers who want to hire them. Former NCAA student-athletes can post resumes, search for employment, and get job-seeking advice. Research shows that this is the number one service student-athletes wanted.

Click here for more information on NCAA After The Game.




   
 

Calvin Men's Golf Coach Part Of Research Effort Connecting Sport and Faith

More and more, athletes are displaying gestures of faith in response to a moment of athletic achievement. This begs the question as to what role faith plays in sports – or perhaps, more importantly, what role sports play in faith.

That is the question that Calvin kinesiology professor and men's golf coach Brian Bolt and ten others attempted to address at gatherings around the country over the past two years.

What the 11 coaches, scholars, and theologians came up with is a Declaration on Sport and the Christian Life.

"It is a declaration that comes from people that have been following, thinking about, participating in, and writing about sports and Christianity for some time.  We are intrigued by the sport and Christianity connection, and are largely concerned with some of its trends," Bolt said. "It's about how sport has become symbiotically connected to faith, and because of that, how the two have become cheerleaders for each other.  We love sport, but there are all sorts of distortions along the way that have caused us to be concerned."

One of those distortions is the way that sport can, at times, dictate the lives of those who play – taking up weekends via tournaments and weekdays with practices and night games, regardless of what they replace.

"Like anything else, sport can become an idol, and we've seen several indications where it has – and I think that pastors, churches, Christian schools and organizations, and just about every family has to sort through how to deal with sport and their faith together," said Bolt. "So we're hoping that this declaration prompts discussion and provides some grounding for reasoned decisions going forward."

The group largely came together through networking and conversations at conferences where the idea for a declaration was launched. The Declaration was developed over a two-year period at meetings in Raleigh, N.C.; Waco, Texas; and most recently in Grand Rapids, sponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. The Declaration on Sport and the Christian Life was officially released this week, when it was sent to media sources as well as colleges around the nation. So far, the Declaration has been sent to a few notable figures in sports and theology, and Bolt says the response has been good.

 Click here to read more on this story.




   
 

Players of the Week

Football
Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Masiewicz, Trine (left)
Defensive Player of the Week: Damon Fuller, Adrian (center)
Special Teams Player of the Week: Ryan Maguire, Alma (right)
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Volleyball
Player of the Week: Jordan Brisson, Adrian (left)
Specialty Player of the Week:  Haley Mellon, Adrian (right)
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Men's Soccer
Offensive Player of the Week: Travis Vegter, Calvin (left)
Defensive Player of the Week: Lino Taormina, Adrian (right)
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Women's Soccer
Offensive Player of the Week: Erin Jipping, Hope (left)
Defensive Player of the Week: Jennifer Thelen, Hope (right)
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Cross Country
Men's Runner of the Week: Ben Zank, Hope (left)
Women's Runner of the Week: Cassie Vince, Calvin (right)
Click here for men's cross country details
Click here for women's cross country details 

Women's Golf
Player of the Week: Britni Gielow, Hope
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Hope Soccer Teams To Host Van Andel Institute Benefit Games

The Hope men’s and women’s soccer teams are teaming later up this month to benefit Purple Community®, Van Andel Institute’s grassroots fundraising program.

A day-night doubleheader at Van Andel Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20, will feature women’s and men’s matches and raise funds for cancer and Parkinson’s disease research at Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids.

The Flying Dutch will play Saint Mary’s in an MIAA women's contest at noon, while the Flying Dutchmen host Adrian in a men's MIAA game at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for non-MIAA students 18 and younger.

Proceeds will benefit Van Andel Institute and will help underwrite a summer internship for a Hope student at Van Andel Institute.

Both teams are supporting the cause by wearing purple jerseys on Sept. 20. Purple jerseys will be sold at each game. 

Click here to learn more about the Hope benefit games for the Van Andel Institute.