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On March 3, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its decision to return to conference competition for the spring 2021 season. The planned start date is March 27, with sponsored competition exclusively against other CCC member institutions in the sports of Baseball, Softball, Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse and Men’s & Women’s Tennis.
In hopeful anticipation of the March 27 start date, we are prepared to meet all additional testing and safety guidelines established by the College, the CCC and NCAA. Our utmost priority is to ensure a healthy and safe environment for competition this spring to allow our teams to play as much of a season as possible.
As part of the CCC’s announcement today, all competing schools will be required to test student-athletes and team personnel twice per week, with a negative PCR test result required at least 72 hours before competition. In addition to this new COVID-19 testing protocol which exceeds NCAA recommendations, the CCC will require universal masking for all competitors, team personnel, and officials. Additionally, no spectators will be admitted to the sites of competition.
The CCC will also allow member institutions to engage in contests against other non-conference schools independently. We do intend to compete in non-conference games only until the official CCC season starts on March 27.
While we continue to be hopeful and act with cautious optimism for spring competition, we will also work closely with our Sports Medicine and Health Services staff to carefully monitor for the spread of COVID-19 to minimize the impact on our campus and community.
Announcement Regarding Spring 2021 Athletics Spectators:
We have two primary goals for this spring. First, we want to continue to keep all our students here on campus so they can continue to enjoy the full college experience. Attending in-person classes is vital to the success of the student and the campus as a whole. Our second goal is to keep our student-athletes playing throughout the spring and hopefully compete in a CCC Championship in late April or early May.
To reach these goals, we have decided as a College and along with the Commonwealth Coast Conference, to not allow spectators at our events. We know this isn't easy, but we feel it will give us the best opportunity to meet these goals successfully. The decision is something that all of the athletic directors in the Conference have agreed to do and feel is vital for their success this season. It is important to note that the CCC has reinforced to its member schools that it may be necessary to cease competition in the event that spectators attend and refuse to leave the games.
We will be web streaming all our home contests, so please tune in and watch the Colonels in action this spring. Our current plans foresee a normal fall semester with a regular sports season, and we'd love nothing more than to see you on our sidelines helping us root for our Colonels.
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its decision to suspend all sponsored athletic competition for winter sports for the 2020-21 season.
As part of the announcement, the CCC will allow member institutions to determine whether they independently could safely engage in winter sports athletic competition, including contests against other conference or non-conference schools that choose to play. If it is deemed safe to do so following the established safety procedures and guidelines as set by the College, the state and federal government, and NCAA regulations, Curry College intends to explore competition opportunities for men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey.
As you would imagine, the CCC’s decision to suspend the formal conference schedule and championships was a challenging decision, which was made only after a great deal of deliberation. The conference considered all options and strategized extensively to discern ways in which competition could take place this season. Ultimately though, based on the current infection rates, state regulations on travel, and campus information and guidelines at this time, the decision not to participate in winter intercollegiate competition was made with the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members, at the forefront. This will continue to be the College’s basis for decision making.
This news is especially disappointing for our student-athletes, who have trained the entire fall and during the winter break under unprecedented circumstances, with enthusiastic anticipation of competing and representing Curry this winter. While we all share their disappointment, we were also prepared for this possibility, given the changing landscape that the continuation of the COVID pandemic has engendered.
At this time, the CCC still intends to sponsor competition for spring sports beginning March 27, pending a review of health guidance and travel restrictions. Spring sports at Curry include baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s tennis.
Winter and Spring student-athletes will return to campus with all Curry students beginning on January 27. Please monitor your Curry email closely for communications from the Office of Housing and Residential Life concerning your move in date and related details. Similar to the fall semester, the Curry Athletics department staff and coaches will continue to provide student-athletes with in-person practices, and conditioning and training opportunities throughout their traditional season, as state guidelines and health and safety conditions allow. We will continue to explore new ways for our student-athletes to actively engage with their coaches and teammates to support their physical and mental well-being.
As at the College at large, a number of established protocols and policies will continue for the safety of both student-athletes and the entire community engaged in athletic or fitness activity, including requiring personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, sanitary and disinfection processes, safe and appropriate care of student-athlete injuries, amongst others.
Intramurals will be held on campus in the fall, following guidelines outlined by the Commonwealth reopening plan under Adult Amateur Sports Activities. A schedule and additional league information will be forthcoming. The Fitness Center will be open with extended hours and registration is required for use in order to ensure social distancing.