NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. On Friday, the President's Athletic Conference announced its COVID-19 plan for how sports competitions will play out next semester for its NCAA Division III member schools.
"We are planning for winter and spring intercollegiate athletic competition, including the resumption of postponed fall sports. Across the conference, our teams have been training and preparing safely with COVID-19 measures in place through the fall," said Dr.Calvin Troup, president of Geneva College and chair of the PAC Presidents' Council. "With conference COVID-19 protocols in place and the benefits of schools in close proximity for travel, we trust that our PAC student-athletes who have invested so much and exercised such patience and perseverance will finally be able return to competition."
The PAC's tentative plan has sports like basketball along with swimming and diving beginning on Saturday, Jan. 23.
The modified scheduling models and postseason championship opportunities will be announced later and will be subject to further revision as circumstances require.
The PAC is working with the NCAA and sport-specific coaching groups to review and plan for the return to competition.
"With conference covid-19 protocols in place and the benefits of schools in close proximity for travel, we trust that our PAC student-athletes who have invested so much and exercised such patience and perseverance will finally be able to return to competition," Troup said.
The PAC also announced a recommendation of the PAC Athletic Administrators' Council to cancel the league's indoor track and field championships, which were tentatively scheduled for the end of February. The PAC Presidents' Council endorsed member schools sponsoring men's and women's indoor track and field to pursue non-conference competition opportunities consistent with local, state and federal public health authorities, the NCAA Sport Science Institute (SSI) and institutional policies and guidelines.
Discussions related to men's wrestling are ongoing, with details to be announced at a later date.
Additionally, the league intends to support modified scheduling models and championship opportunities for men's and women's cross country sports during February and March.