The Commonwealth Coast Conference released a statement yesterday regarding the suspension of intercollegiate athletic competition for the fall 2020 season. Salve Regina coaches and student athletes have been made aware of this decision and Dr. Armstrong will also address student athletes at a later date.
As was mentioned in press statements on the topic, the heartbreak that this decision has caused is understandable, just as it was last spring. Athletics play a critical role in the Salve experience for so many of our students and their families, but the risks associated with competition, travel and contact with individuals from other schools are too high at this point in time. Our main priority is the health, safety and well-being of all members of our campus community. We will ensure that our student athletes remain engaged safely with teammates and coaches, and we will be ready when the time is right to play competitively again. Student athletes will return to campus alongside their fellow classmates in September.
The statement from the Commonwealth Coast Conference is below:
July 17, 2020
Commonwealth Coast Conference Statement on Fall 2020
In the face of unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the goal of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) has remained unchanged: to provide the safest possible environment for our student-athletes in all sports so that intercollegiate athletic competition may safely resume at the appropriate time.
Despite the strong desire to provide our talented athletes the opportunity to play competitively in the sports at which they excel, the CCC Board of Directors has made the extremely difficult decision to suspend CCC intercollegiate athletic competition for the fall 2020 semester.
With improved public health conditions and relevant NCAA guidance, we hope to begin competition for winter sports athletic competition as early as January 1, 2021. Spring sports currently remain on schedule as planned, with the exception of canceling their non-traditional fall play date. In addition, should NCAA legislation permit fall sports teams to conduct athletic activities and competition in the spring 2021 semester, CCC schedules and championships may be adjusted accordingly.
The decision to suspend CCC play in the fall 2020 semester does not preclude individual CCC institutions from making institutional decisions to schedule some athletic competition.