1. All Indoor Heps Championships would take place at The Armory. In the last 10 years of Indoor Heps, there have been more meet top 10 performances on the famed oval at The Armory (52) than on the ovals of the other eight Championships combined (43). Per Championships, that comes to an average of 26.0 at The Armory and 5.4 elsewhere. Plus it makes travel sense, alumni bases are engaged by it and fund-raising is an option. Oh yes, I feel compelled to report that I work at The Armory, but I’d feel this way even if I didn’t.
2. No more Outdoor Heps at Franklin Field. Despite weathering the grueling Penn Relays just a week or two before hosting Heps, the folks at Penn always do a great job of hosting the event. But the life is sucked out of the event by the cavernous stadium. When 26 of every 27 seats is empty, the event seems rather stale and dull. All the Ivy schools descend on Franklin Field in late April for the best event in the sport. That should be enough.
3. No more three round schedules. Wanna sit around for an hour doing nothing while nothing is happening at a track meet? Come to Heps on Saturday. Heps still has three rounds scheduled for the sprints and hurdles even though 67 of the last 71 scheduled first rounds have been cancelled because of lack of required entrants to support a third round. And at least one of those featured a walk through. After a false start, every runner was scheduled to advance as long as they finished. Please. Enough of this.
4. Webstreaming. Seems like all Ivy Championships are pretty much webcast by the Ivy office, except for track and field. Give me the rights to do it, a small stipend and a reasonable amount of time to figure it out and I’ll do it.
5. Change the course of history. On the indoor schedule, kill the men’s 500m and 1k runs and add the 200m for the men and the distance medley relay for the women. Also, time to kill the women’s outdoor 3k. Should have been done 10 years ago when the steeple was added.
6. More open process. Instead of releasing Championship entries on Friday night before Heps, release them on Friday morning and give folks the chance to debate and talk some trash.
7. Logos, fresh new logos. Most of the schools and the Ivy office would have to go back and start over on their visual identities. New logos. And one rule is that you can’t simply have the first letter of your school name printed with the school color. That is neither original or creative.
Okay, that’s a start. Probably more to come.