LOCK HAVEN — The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference has announced the cancellation of its mandated regular-season and championship competition for winter sports following a vote of the league’s board of directors on Tuesday.
However, the board left open the possibility for some member schools to hold winter sports, as well as fall sports that were canceled last week.
Last week, the board canceled PSAC championship seasons in fall sports but allowed for league championship opportunities in those sports should six or more schools elect to participate. All schools that elect to play must abide by league rules and the NCAA guidelines that have been set due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The same requirements exist for the winter sports that have been canceled.
The board last week agreed to proceed with the intent to play a full regular season and championship season for all spring sports in 2021.
Should member institutions wish to compete in fall and winter sports championship seasons, they are to declare their intent to the conference office by the end of the workday today. The PSAC office will review all notifications and make an announcement as soon as possible as to whether there is support to continue with a championship season in any of those sports.
“With careful consideration to health concerns and realistic abilities to conduct sport seasons amid this pandemic, our conference and our membership is forced to make some very difficult decisions,” said Steve Murray, PSAC commissioner. “With the time we have to continue weighing our options, we are fully committed to playing a spring sports season. We will remain supportive of any other decisions to play sports and host championship events should our membership view it as a safe and reasonable opportunity.”
Fall and winter sports that may be subject to cancellation are men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, indoor track and field, soccer and swimming, as well as women’s sports in volleyball and field hockey, and men’s sports in football and wrestling.
Any cancellation of league schedules or championships does not preclude individual institutions from participating in countable athletically related activities nor exploring competition outside of the previously mandated schedule.