In consideration of the health and safety factors of student-athletes and staff, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has delayed the start of winter and spring sports until March 1, 2021, according to a press release from the conference office.
Possibly impacted Savannah State sports include men’s and women’s basketball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, outdoor men’s and women’s track and field, baseball and softball.
“In light of the fluid and dynamic nature of unfolding COVID-19 developments, this decision was primarily informed by a desire to protect the health and safety of SIAC student-athletes, staff and stakeholders, while attempting to preserve critically important opportunities for student-athletes to resume conference competition at some point going forward,” SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore said in the release. “The SIAC will continue to closely monitor developments and make further adjustments as may be required.”
According to the release, each SIAC institution shall retain the autonomy to independently participate in non-conference competition and pre-existing contractual obligations.
Team activities, practice and training opportunities and contests against outside competition will be determined and defined by each member institution but must adhere and observe NCAA Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport and local COVID-related public health requirements.
Savannah State Administration and coaches are working now to adjust winter and spring sports schedules. All schedules will be updated and released in January and February once finalized.
The conference and Savannah State will continue to monitor updates related to COVID-19 and will provide further updates as the situation continues to unfold.