By Ray Hamill — It looks like the Corsairs will get the opportunity to defend their conference championships in men’s and women’s basketball this year.
On Tuesday the Golden Valley Conference Athletic Directors met to discuss the sports calendar and are now looking to play a 12-game conference schedule in basketball, tipping off in early March, although the decision has yet to be finalized.
At least four — and possibly five — of the six GVC schools are committing to try and play basketball this year instead of opting out.
A potential start date for the traditional fall and winter sports, however, has been pushed back again from February 1 to March 1, and the seasons will need to be completed by mid-April.
“We’re trying to do what we can to give the student athletes an opportunity to compete,” CR Athletic Director Bob Brown said.
Unfortunately, CR women’s volleyball will not compete this year because of the uncertainty, although it appears a long shot that the conference would even have enough teams to play a volleyball season.
Brown is still hoping that both CR soccer teams will get to compete, as well as cross country and all the traditional spring sports, which are not scheduled to begin competition until April 17.
Regardless of whether they compete or not, all fall and winter student athletes will be given an extra year of eligibility.
In the meantime, the GVC will be drawing up a tentative schedule for both men’s and women’s basketball.
Butte College had opted out of a potential Feb. 1 starting date, but will reportedly reconsider now that the start date has been pushed back to March 1.
If there are four teams competing, the all-conference schedule will feature each team playing the others four times each, while if there are five teams, each will play the others three times.
CR will be free to schedule additional non-conference games after the GVC schedule is completed, if the opportunity presents itself.
As of right now, it is not expected that fans will be allowed to attend any potential games, although they will be streamed live.
With such a fluid situation in regard to COVID-19, however, that could change between now and March or April, potentially allowing a reduced attendance.
Brown said, however, that the conference voted to allow fans at games only if all the teams are permitted to do so by local health officials.
As of now, with the exception of Lassen softball, all GVC spring sports teams are opting to play this year.