The College Squash Association (CSA) recognizes that two additional conferences which sponsor squash – the Ivy League and the Liberty League – have recently cancelled 2020-2021 competition for their winter sports programs. The CSA shares in the disappointment and sadness being felt by college squash players and fans this week, even while the leagues’ decisions were rightfully based on protecting the safety and well-being of their campus communities and their students-athletes.
Even though many varsity players will lose the opportunity to compete for their team this year, some programs not under these restrictions may still seek matches for their players. As long as such competition is medically appropriate and institutionally approved, CSA will support teams’ efforts to schedule contests and will promote those matches on its media platforms.
The CSA Board of Directors has also approved eligibility flexibility for student-athletes impacted by this difficult year. CSA will ask all member institutions to apply the season of competition and eligibility blanket waivers recently approved by the NCAA Division I and Division III Councils. This means squash student-athletes should not lose a season of eligibility this year, even if they enroll and play in some matches during the season. Students should speak to their coaches and athletics department administrators for additional clarity on this option.
SAVE THE DATE: In the face of current challenges, CSA is pleased to announce an initiative to celebrate the exciting present and tremendous history of college squash. The last full week of March 2021 (March 21-28) will feature several interactive events, culminating with an fun-filled “College Squash Day” during the March 27-28 weekend. Squash fans should mark their calendars and stay tuned for more details about this unique set of events.
Once again, CSA sends best wishes to all student-athletes, especially seniors, and coaches impacted by the season cancellations. We stand with you and look forward to highlighting your play and accomplishments in the new year.