Summit League postpones fall sports to Spring 2021

Decision only affects fall sports and does not have any impact on winter or spring sports.
Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 8:31 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The Summit League announced the President’s Council voted unanimously Monday to postpone fall sports regular seasons and championships to Spring 2021 citing the health, safety, and welfare of the league’s student-athletes, coaches and staffs were at the forefront of this decision.

This will affect men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball

“This is an outcome that no one wanted to see, however, it was necessary based upon all the information that we have collected and discussed during the current pandemic,” Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Chair of The Summit League President’s Council said. “This decision was made even more difficult because we know how much these student-athletes and coaches invest in the sports they love, and we certainly empathize with them.” 

As with the previously announced delay, this decision only affects fall sports and does not have any impact on winter or spring sports.

“This was yet another tough decision that I never thought this group would have to make,” Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said. “Our staff and membership have worked extremely hard over the past few months to try and create a safe environment for our student-athletes to have meaningful competition this fall.

”Unfortunately, the current pandemic and its continued and far-reaching impact on our society made that unrealistic. Our goal now is to provide these fall sport student-athletes with great regular season and Championship experiences this spring.” 

Summit League officials have begun creating potential spring schedule models for the affected sports and those will be finalized at a later date. Training and practice opportunities for the affected sports will be based upon NCAA regulations and local health and safety guidelines.

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