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CIAA cancels football

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

The CIAA Board of Directors and Athletic Directors Association have voted to give up the fight for two of its fall sports. Football and women’s and men’s cross country will not be played in the spring, while women’s volleyball will proceed.

As for the winter sports, women’s and men’s basketball seasons have been delayed until Jan. 9, while women’s and men’s indoor track and field, and women’s bowling start dates are yet to be decided.

“Delaying the start of our winter seasons acts in the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches, and support staff as it ensures proper resocialization for all parties while affording our membership the opportunity to implement recommended health and safety measures prior to competition,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “Although unfortunate and unprecedented circumstances this year will prohibit athletic seasons for some, we remain committed to bolstering opportunities that amplify the experiences of our student-athletes, member institutions, partners and fans.”

Both women’s and men’s basketball will feature a 16-game conference schedule while offering teams the autonomy to play up to six contests against non-conference opponents. All teams will adhere to a uniform COVID-19 testing and reporting policy prior to each contest.

The conference will proceed with spring sports on schedule, as prescribed by NCAA Division II, but will continue to monitor any changes in legislation that could impact those plans.

An update on CIAA championships for spring and winter seasons will be provided at a later time with the plan for regular season competition now approved.

 

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