July 21, 2020

NDMU Athletics’ Fall Season Suspended Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Board of Directors announced the fall 2020 athletic season is suspended due to safety and health concerns related to COVID-19.

This suspension affects NDMU’s cross county, field hockey, soccer and volleyball teams. 

“Naturally we are disappointed for all of our student-athletes but understand the safety and health of all of our athletes and campus communities are most important,” said Renee Bostic, NDMU director of athletics and wellness. “NDMU Athletics is working on robust and exciting programming outside of the official fall season, for our student-athletes to safely participate in and engage.” 

The University is working with the NCAA, CSAC and fellow college and university members in looking forward to the winter and spring seasons and how they can accommodate the suspended fall season play during these times. 

CSAC Announcement:

The Colonial States Athletic Conference Board of Directors has announced today that the conference shall suspend all intercollegiate competition for the Fall 2020 season. A final decision on the possibility of future intercollegiate competition for fall sports, including the possibility of conducting fall intercollegiate competition in Spring 2021, as well as a plan for intercollegiate competition for winter sports, will be made by the end of September.

The CSAC Board of Directors and other administrative groups have worked tirelessly in collaboration with the conference office staff over the past weeks and months to develop multiple potential scenarios for intercollegiate competition in the fall while being mindful of health and safety guidelines from the NCAA, each member’s campus reopening plans and the landscape of college athletics. This difficult decision was made with careful deliberation and strategic assessment of the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference and its administration will continue to explore safe training and intra-campus practice opportunities for its member institutions while continuing to be mindful of the rapidly-changing local, regional and national conditions.