If winter sports start as planned in January, it will have been close to nine months of no sports competition from Westminster College. This comes as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents’ Council recently voted to postpone all Fall 2020 intercollegiate athletic competition in response to the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision was made during a virtual meeting of the PAC Presidents’ Council, based on the NCAA’s Division III Administrative Committee recommending that member schools should not compete during the fall semester to avoid potential health and safety risks.
“First reaction I was probably just shocked. I thought we could really do it with the physical distancing, and we could really get through and finish a season both us and tennis,” said junior golfer Mike Bell. “In golf you aren’t fighting each other, wrestling or tackling each other, I thought this was very feasible to do, but I guess with the NCAA coming out and saying they don’t want it to happen then they made the right decision. I just don’t understand how we can go from these sports can happen to not happening without any change in data. If anything, the cases spiked in the summer and are going down.”
Bell wasn’t the only Titan who was upset over the loss of the fall season. “I’m upset because it’s not a contact sport and we’re already socially distanced enough that it should be counted as safe and acceptable” added sophomore tennis player Sabrina Slagle.
“For me, it sucks because now it’s going to conflict because I am going to have tennis and soccer in the spring,” said Junior tennis player Noah Weiss. He is just one of many two sport athletes dealing with competing in two sports come the spring season.
However, for many of these athletes there is hope for great things to come when they stick to it and can compete next semester.
“I’m disappointed of course but excited for spring season already. I’m grateful to have a great team that will stick together,” said junior tennis player Sara Small.
“Positively, I think we can grow as a team and kind of bond and get to know each other more and keep grinding this whole offseason,” said Bell about the positives of the men’s golf team playing in the spring.
The PAC continues to monitor the changing circumstances related to COVID-19 and will adjust its policies, guidelines and schedules as necessary to maximize the health and safety of its student-athletes, athletics personnel and greater campus communities.