MCAC Presidents Announce Decision on Fall Sports

The Minnesota State presidents of the member colleges of the MCAC met to determine how to move forward with intercollegiate athletics for fall semester in light of COVID-19. The presidents reaffirmed the commitment to protecting the health of student athletes.

In consideration of the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health, fall sports will be limited to those that have been identified as low-risk, Clay Target and Golf. Seasons have been canceled for football, volleyball, and soccer.

For basketball, baseball, softball, and wrestling, in which practice and competition spans fall and spring semesters, all organized physical activities are prohibited during the fall semester.

Discussions about the potential for spring seasons for these sports are continuing and guidance will be provided in the near future.

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference consists of 24 two-year colleges located in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

MCAC wrestling teams are part of the NJCAA and include Itasca Community College, Minnesota West CTC, Northland CTC, Ridgewater College, and Rochester CTC.

On June 19 the NJCAA released a plan of action for the fall and winter sports season. Here’s what was in the plan for wrestling:

The 2020-21 NJCAA Wrestling season has been altered to protect the best interest for student-athlete health and safety. NJCAA Wrestling programs will be permitted to hold fall practice starting October 1, 2020, concluding October 31, 2020. Regular season practice will be permitted to begin starting January 1, 2021. Competition will be permitted to begin starting January 20, 2021. The 2021 NJCAA Wrestling Championship will be held April 23-24 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA.