The NCAA winter sports season is underway. A few sports and championships had the 2020-21 schedule altered due to COVID-19. Everything will be returning to a more normal schedule for the 2021-22 season.
The winter sports period started this fall for a few: all divisions of swimming and diving, NC women's ice hockey, DI men's ice hockey, NC bowling and NC rifle all started in September and October.
With new seasons starting up, many will be looking to reach the top of the mountain in their respective sports. A few will attempt to repeat as champions. Notable ones include Baylor men's basketball (DI), Stanford women's basketball (DI), Texas men's swimming and diving (DI) and Queens (N.C.) swimming and diving (DII), a program looking to make it seven NCAA titles in a row.
Other notable teams are mentioned in the table below to help indicate the start of their respective sport's season.
Here is the NCAA winter sports schedule for 2021-22.
|SPORT||SEASON BEGINS||CHAMPIONSHIP||CHAMP LOCATION|
|DI Men's Basketball||November 9||April 4||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|DII Men's Basketball||November 12||March 26||Evansville, Indiana|
|DIII Men's Basketball||November 12||March 19||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|DI Women's Basketball||November 9||April 3||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|DII Women's Basketball||November 12||March 25||Birmingham, Alabama|
|DIII Women's Basketball||November 12||March 19||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|NC Bowling||October 1||April 15-16||Columbus, Ohio|
|NC Fencing||Late October||March 24-27||Notre Dame, Indiana|
|NC Men's Gymnastics||Early January||April 15-16||Norman, Oklahoma|
|NC Women's Gymnastics||Michigan - Jan. 6||April 14-16||Fort Worth, Texas|
|DI Men's Ice Hockey||October 2||April 9||Boston, Massachusetts|
|DIII Men's Ice Hockey||October 29||March 26||Lake Placid, New York|
|NC Women's Ice Hockey||September 18||March 18-20||Park, Pennsylvania|
|DIII Women's Ice Hockey||October 29||March 18-20||TBA|
|NC Rifle||Kentucky - Oct. 9||March 11-12||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|NC Skiing||Early January||March 9-12||Park City, Utah|
|DI Men's Swimming & Diving||Texas - Oct. 8||March 23-26||Atlanta, Georgia|
|DI Women's Swimming & Diving||Virginia - Oct. 9||March 16-19||Atlanta, Georgia|
|DII M&W Swimming & Diving||Queens (N.C.) - Sep. 30||March 9-12||Greensboro, North Carolina|
|DIII M&W Swimming & Diving||Denison - Oct. 15||March 16-19||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|DI Men's Indoor Track and Field||Early January||March 11-12||Birmingham, Alabama|
|DI Women's Indoor Track and Field||Arkansas - Jan. 16||March 11-12||Birmingham, Alabama|
|DII Men's Indoor Track and Field||Ashland - Dec. 4||March 11-12||Pittsburg, Kansas|
|DII Women's Indoor Track and Field||Grand Valley St. - Dec. 3||March 11-12||Pittsburg, Kansas|
|DIII Men's Indoor Track and Field||North Central (Ill.) - Dec. 3||March 11-12||Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|DIII Women's Indoor Track and Field||Early January||March 11-12||Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|DI Men's Wrestling||November 1||March 17-19||Detroit, Michigan|
|DII Men's Wrestling||November 1||March 11-12||St. Louis, Missouri|
|DIII Men's Wrestling||November 1||March 11-12||Cedar Rapids, Iowa|