The North Coast Athletic Conference has suspended intercollegiate athletic competition through December 31, 2020. That means OWU's fall sport season is canceled, and winter sports will not compete through December 31. No decisions have yet been made for competition after January 1 and for spring sports.

You can read the joint NCAC-Ohio Wesleyan announcement here.

This is sad news for all of our student-athletes, especially our seniors, who were looking forward to their final season of fall competition. Please know that this was a very difficult decision and was not made lightly. However, we believe it was necessary to support the health and well-being of students at all NCAC schools as we return to our respective campuses for fall classes.

Ohio Wesleyan, along with the NCAC, is working with the NCAA to explore opportunities for our fall sports programs to compete in some way during the spring. As more information and guidance becomes available, we will continue to provide updates.

Despite the cancellation of games, we are committed to providing a meaningful fall for our student-athletes, with opportunities for them to continue to train, practice, and enjoy camaraderie and competition with teammates. The OWU athletics staff will shift its focus and energies toward building an experience that will still provide our student-athletes the physical and mental challenges they desire.

In lieu of intercollegiate competition, fall sports (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball) will conduct practices, workouts, and team activities following current health and safety guidelines with appropriate group sizes and physical distancing.

Sports with split seasons (men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis) will conduct practices, workouts, and other team activities.

Winter sports (men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, and wrestling) also will conduct practices, workouts, and team activities during the fall semester as outlined by NCAA official start dates and will not participate in outside competition during the fall semester.

Nontraditional seasons for spring sports (baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and softball) will practice as per NCAA guidelines but will not have their date of outside competition.

The NCAA already has issued a blanket waiver for the year. Student-athletes will not be considered to have used a season of eligibility unless their sport competes in 50 percent or more of its maximum dates of competition. That means all OWU fall and winter student-athletes will retain their NCAA eligibility if they wish to participate in another year.

We already know our winter sports teams will not compete in calendar year 2020, and we will continue to monitor the pandemic to determine how best to proceed in spring.