The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference has suspended all mandated conference athletic events and championships through the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All fall and winter sports scheduled to begin before Jan. 1 are impacted by this decision.
“The entire conference has worked hard these last few months to prepare for the return of sports to our campuses beginning this fall,” said conference commissioner Steve Murray in a statement. “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 conference said it will move fall sports to the spring if it is safe to do so at the time.
“We are committed to giving our student-athletes the chance to compete during this academic year,” said Geraldine Jones, president of California University of Pennsylvania and newly elected chair of the conference’s board. “Many institutions and conferences are facing the same circumstances as we are, and if it is safe to return to competition, we will work with them and the NCAA to provide our teams with a championship experience during the spring semester. We know this is a huge disappointment for our student-athletes who work so very hard in their sport. This decision was not taken llightly and we feel saddened by having to do so.”
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference with 18 member institutions from Pennsylvania and West Virginia.