SCIAC cancels all fall and winter sports for 2020-21 because of COVID-19 concerns

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which consists of nine colleges across the Southland, canceled the competition for all its fall and winter sports this school year on Tuesday, Dec. 1 due to safety concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“In accordance with public health and safety standards guidelines, as well as recommendations from the NCAA Resocialization,” the SCIAC said in a press release, “the presidents of the SCIAC have unanimously agreed to cancel conference matches, including championships, for all fall and winter events. winter sports during the 2020-21 academic year. ”

The decision came a day after Los Angeles County introduced tougher restrictions to protect public health and safety at a time when COVID-19 cases have significantly increased in Southern California. Orange County was moved to the purple layer (widespread virus) two weeks ago.

The sports included in the decision are football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s football, men’s water polo, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross-country, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving.

Some fall and winter sports had hoped to play conference-only schedules in the spring, but Tuesday’s announcement eliminates that option.

Schools in the SCIAC competing at the NCAA Division III level include Cal Tech, Cal Lutheran, Chapman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, La Verne, Occidental, Pomna-Pitzer, Redlands, and Whittier.

The conference said it will make a decision on spring sports at a later date.

“The SCIAC and its members remain committed to exploring meaningful competitive conference experiences for springtime college sports students later in the spring semester,” the SCIAC said in its publication. “As the pandemic evolves, the SCIAC will continue to follow evolving federal, state and local guidelines and will continue to consult with each other as well as with public health authorities.”

SCIAC said schools will “allow conditioning, practice, and other forms of competition regarding fall and winter sports during this spring semester.”

Chapman was the SCIAC football champion last season with a 7-0 record at the conference. The Panthers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs. Redlands finished second at 6-1 and lost in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs.