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NCAC Information - 2021-22

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NCAC Information - 2020-21

Oct 16, 2020 - NCAC Statement on Winter Sports
Over the last several months, North Coast Athletic Conference members have been focused on the safe reopening of our campuses this fall. All continue to focus on the evolving challenges to our communities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In keeping with public health guidance, members have maintained universal masking and physical distancing protocols, limits on travel on and off campus, and limits on the size of on-campus gatherings, as well as contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols. Additionally, many of our institutions have made, or are considering, significant modifications to the 2020-21 academic calendar. As a result, many of our students will not return to campus for the spring semester until late January or early February.

Consistent with these policies, and the significant impact of the timing of students return, the NCAC Presidents’ Council has decided unanimously, though with great reluctance, to cancel conference play, including conference championships, for the winter season. Institutions may make individual decisions regarding outside competition during the winter season.

Additionally, all NCAC institutions will not return student-athletes to campus for practices or other athletically related activity between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

The NCAC will continue to explore all options and plan for a safe return to intercollegiate competition, with the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and our broader communities our foremost concern. As the pandemic evolves, we will continue to monitor changing federal, state, and local guidance, and we will consult with each other as well as public health authorities and the NCAA as we plan for our eventual return to conference competition.

 

July 22, 2020 - NCAC Fall Sports Update (FAQ)
Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present evolving challenges to our campuses and communities, the North Coast Athletic Conference Presidents’ Council has, after extended consideration of the new NCAA guidance, and with tremendous regret, further suspended all intercollegiate competition through December 31, 2020. 

“An athletics experience at all NCAC institutions is valuable to fulfilling our educational and developmental missions, and we recognize that this new decision is deeply disappointing to our student-athletes, coaches, and really, to every single one of us,” said Keri Alexander Luchowski, NCAC Executive Director. “We worked hard for months to create safe ways for students to compete this fall, knowing how much this means to our students and to our campuses, and that work was the foundation of the announcement we made on July 9th regarding conference competition. However, the health and safety of our campuses and communities must be our highest priority. Sadly, the continued increase in the pandemic in many areas means that we cannot safely proceed with the conference competition we had planned for.”

The NCAC will continue to explore all options for a safe return to intercollegiate competition this spring. At the same time, the Conference is committed to providing an engaging and meaningful experience for student-athletes, which will include practice, skill development, strength & conditioning, leadership and professional development opportunities. We will also call on our campus and conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committees and our coaches to develop non-conventional ways for our student-athletes to engage in competitive opportunities this fall. 

 

July 9, 2020 - Fall 2020 Update
In recognition of the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Presidents’ Council has approved the following principles, which will guide fall competition for NCAC members.

  • NCAC members will commit to consistent baseline health & safety protocols, as determined by public health professionals and institutional medical professionals;
  • NCAC members will commit to follow the NCAC adopted phased-in approach to athletic participation and gatherings, or the local, state or federal guidance, whichever is more restrictive.
  • NCAC members will play conference-only schedules, based on geographical groupings that eliminate overnight travel;
  • NCAC members will adopt Friday, Sept. 18 as the first permissible contest date;
  • NCAC members recognize and respect the institutional autonomy to make more restrictive decisions on competition for their respective campuses. Each campus is developing its own reopening plan; and,
  • NCAC members recognize that our plans are fluid and subject to change as conditions evolve in order to responsibly protect our communities. Decisions for the winter and spring championships seasons will be made in early fall.

This framework enabling our commitment is the result of the efforts of a conference-wide COVID steering committee, as well as working groups, made up of NCAC academic leaders, administrators, faculty representatives, health care professionals, legal counsel and coaches that have been meeting since this past spring. This work has resulted in truly collaborative strategies, best practices and risk mitigation guidelines for the upcoming academic year.

Even though athletics may look different this coming fall, the NCAC is committed to building an academic and athletic experience for our student-athletes that is as safe and robust as possible.

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