LOCK HAVEN — The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) announced the cancellation of its regular season and championship competition for winter sports Tuesday morning following a vote by the league’s board of directors.
Last week, the board canceled PSAC championship seasons in fall sports, yet allowed conference championship opportunities in sports if six or more schools elect to participate. All schools electing to play must abide by existing league rules and NCAA guidelines that have been set due to the existing COVID-19 pandemic. The same requirements exist for winter sports that have been canceled.
Should member institutions wish to compete in fall and winter sport championship seasons, they must have declared their intent to the conference office by yesterday. The PSAC office will review all notifications and make an announcement as soon as possible as to whether there is support to continue with a championship season in any of those sports.
The board has agreed to proceed with the intent to play a full regular and championship season for all spring sports in 2021.
“With careful consideration to health concerns and realistic abilities to conduct sport seasons amid this pandemic, our conference and our membership is forced to make some very difficult decisions,” said PSAC Commissioner Steve Murray. “With the time we have to continue weighing our options, we are fully committed to playing a spring sports season. We will remain supportive of any other decisions to play sports and host championship events should our membership view it as a safe and reasonable opportunity.”
Fall and winter sports that may be subject to cancelation include basketball, cross country, indoor track & field, soccer, swimming, volleyball, field hockey, football and wrestling. Any cancelation of league schedules or championships does not preclude individual institutions from participating in countable athletically related activities nor exploring competition outside of the previously mandated schedule.