Amidst the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Centennial Conference Presidents’ Council has decided to cancel intercollegiate competition for all fall and winter sports through Dec. 31, 2020.
In July, the Presidents’ Council made the decision to suspend competition with the hope of returning to play later this fall. In the weeks since, the majority of Centennial institutions have opted for remote learning or are bringing back smaller segments of their campus populations to ensure compliance with health and safety guidelines. The conference’s decision was also based on the recent National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors’ mandate of the NCAA Resocialization principles and the Division III Presidents’ Council decision to cancel fall championships.
“I know our fall and winter athletes were hopeful that they would get a chance to compete later this semester,” stated Executive Director for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Mattia. “Unfortunately, the cancellation of the DIII NCAA championships, changes in the residential status this fall for a number of our Centennial Conference members, and the continued public health concerns with COVID-19 made it just too difficult for us to try to compete this fall. Should conditions allow, we are hoping to return to competition for all of our sports in the spring semester.”
The conference presidents will continue to meet and discuss options for moving fall sports to the spring semester alongside the winter and spring sports.
Gettysburg remains determined to keep student-athletes active through strength and conditioning programs and other forms of team-specific training. The NCAA has allotted 114 days of practice/competition instead of the traditional/non-traditional segments, giving teams and coaches flexibility in approaching their seasons.
Teams will have opportunities to work together alongside coaches by following a phased-in approach that is in line with recommended guidelines established by the NCAA, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and federal, state, and local gover
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