“But there are more concerns about competitive equity,” Parry said. “We’ve seen in a number of sports when there have been reductions that it’s been much more competitive across the country. It’s logical to conclude that if we go up in the number of scholarships, then a number of schools will stockpile and therefore make competitive imbalance.” The votes were 188-111 with 23 abstentions (62.9 percent) to override the increase for gymnastics; 204-117 (63.6 percent) for volleyball; and 202-117 (63.3 percent) for cross country and track. Delegates favored the override for soccer 191-125-1, but the 60.4 percent approval was not enough to pass. Mike Alden, the athletic director at Missouri, supported the Division I scholarship increases, saying there’s no persuasive data such a move would hurt smaller schools.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The decision by Division I delegates came during their opening business session at the annual NCAA convention. It reversed the scholarship increases approved last year by the NCAA board of directors. “It was democracy at work,” NCAA president Myles Brand said. “This is a membership association, and members have spoken.” INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA rescinded increases in Division I scholarships in three women’s sports Saturday, a victory for smaller schools fearing even greater disadvantage if more players were recruited to larger universities. The sports affected were women’s gymnastics, volleyball and cross country-track and field. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe only sport that failed to get the five-eighths majority of voting delegates required for an override was soccer, in part of concerns about injuries that might require a greater number of players. The board last year approved increasing scholarships from 12 to 14 in gymnastics and soccer, from 12 to 13 in volleyball and 18 to 20 in cross country-track and field. The override votes were prompted by requests from more than 100 schools. This was the first time the NCAA has gone to the membership to accept or reject a board decision since Division I adopted its current structure in 1997. “It is about equity, it is about opportunity for women,” said Butler University athletic director John Parry, who supported the override. “But I can tell you the answer for those who are struggling for opportunity for women is to add more sports, don’t just add scholarships in selected sports.” Many schools were concerned about the costs of adding two more scholarships in those sports.