By Ray Hamill — The California Community College Athletic Association announced on Thursday that all fall and winter sports have been pushed back to the spring.
According to a press release announcing the decision, the CCCAA Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved implementation of its Contingency Plan, which was one of three potential scenarios approved last month.
The press release added that a “return to athletics in January will only occur if it is safe to do so, a decision that will be guided primarily by state and local health guidelines.”
A decision was not expected until next week, but the board moved early based on a recommendation from the CCCAA’s COVID-19 Work Group.
“I know I speak for the entire CCCAA board that moving fall athletics to spring 2021 is a huge disappointment,” said Dr. Erika Endrijonas, Board Chair and President of Pasadena City College. “However, the need to keep our student athletes and the amazing coaches and athletic trainers who work with them safe was simply the only option available with the virus spiraling out of control across the state.”
The Contingency Plan originally had men’s and women’s cross country and women’s golf competing in the fall, but it was modified to include pushing those sports back as well.
The fall sports teams are now scheduled to start practice in mid-January and begin competition in February along with basketball.
For CR, that includes men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball.
All sports will feature a 30 percent reduction in the schedule.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staffs are our top priorities,” Interim Executive Director Jennifer Cardone said. “While the Contingency Plan has the most drastic changes, it’s also the one that provides us the best opportunity to return to competition.”