By Tyler Sakalys-Moore
July 22, 2020
As the world of sports has been put on hold over the last 5 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been hoping that by the time the next academic calendar came around, cases might be a bit more under control so that college sports may begin again in the fall.
Now, less than two months away from when fall sports have been set to begin, things aren’t looking exactly the way many had been hoping back in March. Throughout the United States of America, there have been over 3.8 million cases of the virus, with over 140,000 deaths, and the pandemic does not seem to be slowing down as cases continue to rise.
As there is still plenty of unknown in terms of expectations for the upcoming fall season, many conferences and schools have taken matters into their own hands, creating their own guidelines for the upcoming season. This includes the decision to simply set a later start date for competitions, or the cancellation of the fall season altogether.
Division III Conference Decisions On Fall 2020 Season:
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference – N/A
Atlantic East Conference – N/A
Capital Athletic Conference – The CAC has announced the suspension of all conference competitions, including Conference championships for the coming fall 2020 season.
Centennial Conference – have suspended fall sports with the possibility of bringing fall sports back in the spring time
City University of New York Athletic Conference – The CUNYAC has made the decision to cancel all intercollegiate competition scheduled for the 2020 fan semester.
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin – Will wait another week before making a decision on the status of the 2020 fall sports season.
Empire 8 Conference – Has decided to cancel fall sports for the time being. There has been talk about potentially moving fall sports to the spring, but nothing has been made official thus-far.
Great Northeast Athletic Conference – The GNAC has made the decision to postpone conference athletic competitions for the 2020 fall season.
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference – The HCAC has made the decision to set specific starting times for the fall season per sport. Individual sports (cross country, golf, tennis) will begin no earlier than Sept. 1. Women’s volleyball and soccer will begin no earlier than Sept. 7. Football will begin no earlier than Sept. 12.
Liberty League – The Liberty League has announced that they will be focusing primarily on conference play and limited non-conference play. No sports will begin any earlier than Sept. 26.
Little East Conference – As of June 9, 2020, the LEC has decided that they are committed to a return to athletics in the coming 2020-21 academic school year.
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association – The MIAA has announced that they will follow a schedule that features predominantly conference play.
Middle Atlantic Conference– The MAC intends on pursuing fall competition while allowing each campus to make decisions for themselves that comply with local, state, and NCAA guidelines. “Competition will be limited to MAC institutional members beginning no earlier than September 18, 2020 and with the goal of reaching NCAA minimums in all sports.”
Midwest Conference – The Midwest Conference will pursue a fall athletic season eliminating any non-conference competition. Their plan is to have most sports begin in late September.
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – The MIAC has made the decision to cancel all non-conference play and will continue to explore options for the fall going forward.
New England Small College Athletic Conference – The NESCAC has elected to cancel all fall sports for 2020.
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference – The NEWMAC has elected to cancel the upcoming Fall 2020 Season.
New Jersey Athletic Conference – N/A
North Coast Athletic Conference – The NCAC has approved a list of principles which will guide fall competition. Among these principles include conference-only schedules and eliminating overnight trips.
North Eastern Athletic Conference – The NEAC has made the decision to not participate in the fall athletics season. A decision regarding the winter and spring seasons will be announced at a later date.
Northwest Conference – N/A
Ohio Athletic Conference – The OAC has made the decision that all fall competition will begin Sept. 19. Football, soccer and volleyball will be permitted to play conference-only competition while cross country, golf and tennis will be permitted to play outside competition.
Old Dominion Athletic Conference – The ODAC has announced that they will postpone any athletic competition for the 2020 fall season, until January 1st, 2020. This includes the beginning of the men’s and women’s basketball and swim and dive seasons.
Presidents’ Athletic Conference – The PAC will allow teams schedules to include conference competition only. In addition, sports aside from football are looking at a start date of Sept. 1, while football is looking to begin it’s 9 game schedule Sept. 19.
Skyline Conference – N/A
Southern Athletic Association – The SAA has elected to suspend all conference athletic competition through the 2020 fall season.
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – As of June 19, 2020, the SCIAC has announced that it will allow conference members to make independent institutional decisions based on when they believe it is safe to return to play. Approved competition will be conference-only in this fall season.
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference – The SCAC announced that as a conference, they will not be participating in NCAA competition for the Fall 2020 season.
State University of New York Athletic Conference – The SUNYAC has elected to suspend fall sports competition for the 2020 season.
University Athletic Association – The UAA has made the decision to cancel any mandated UAA schedule. This will allow each individual school the flexibility to create their own schedules going off of their original schedules for the 2020 fall season.
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – N/A
Individual DIII Schools with Fall 2020 Season Cancellations:
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
- Hilbert College (moving soccer and volleyball to the Spring)
- University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
- Anna Maria College
- Dean College
- Emmanuel College
- Norwich University
- Simmons University
- RPI College
- Union College
Little East Conference
- University of Massachusetts Boston
- University of Southern Maine
- Grinnell College
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- Carleton College
New Jersey Athletic Conference
- The College of New Jersey
North Coast Atlantic Conference
- Kenyon College
- Oberlin College
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
- Washington & Lee University
- Claremont Mudd Scripps
- Occidental College
- Pomona Pitzer College
- Whittier College
- Sarah Lawrence College
- SUNY-Maritime College
- SUNY-Purchase College
- St. Joseph’s College New York
- Yeshiva University
- University of Chicago
- Brandeis University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Emory University
*Lists consist of schools and conferences that have Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams.*
As more decisions are made by the NCAA, individual conferences, and individual schools, we will continue to provide updates on information that could potentially impact the upcoming winter swim and dive season, as well as overall updates on the NCAA landscape.