The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), whose 11 members all sponsor CSA varsity teams, announced yesterday that the NESCAC Presidents “unanimously decided to cancel all conference competition, including conference championships, for the winter season.” We appreciate and support the NESCAC administrators prioritizing the health and safety of their student-athletes through this decision, despite the disappointment resulting from the announcement.
While formal NESCAC conference competition is cancelled, individual institutions may have the option to schedule outside contests at their discretion. CSA will continue to monitor the national and local landscapes regarding COVID-19 and intercollegiate sports, but at this time, CSA will support any teams that wish to schedule contests, as long as the matches can be staged safely. This stance applies to all CSA teams wishing to schedule matches for the 2020-2021 season.
CSA sends best wishes to all student-athletes who have had their seasons diminished or cancelled by this week’s decision. Special consideration is given to the seniors who will not have the opportunity to complete their college careers on court as expected. We look forward to the return to normal operations as soon as it is feasible.