PSAC suspends all fall sports, considering move to spring semester

PSAC suspends all fall sports, considering move to spring semester

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference announced Wednesday it has suspended all sports through the fall semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All fall and winter sports scheduled to begin before January 1 are impacted.

The PSAC is reviewing its ability to shift fall sports competition and championships to the spring semester and plans to do that if it can be done safely, officials said in a release.

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“The entire conference has worked hard these last few months to prepare for the return of sports to our campuses beginning this fall,” said PSAC Commissioner Steve Murray in a release. “However, it has become apparent that the safe conduct of sports under the guidelines of social distancing is untenable for our members. We cannot place our student-athletes at greater risk than the general student body. Despite our planning and collective efforts, it has become clear that we are not able to do so.”

The PSAC will work on guidelines so all teams can continue practices and workouts. A decision on when winter and spring sports can begin workouts and practices hasn’t been made.

There are 18 teams in the NCAA Division II conference including California, Clarion, Edinboro, Gannon, IUP, Mercyhurst, Pitt-Johnstown, Seton Hill and Slippery Rock.

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