Minot State University cancels fall and winter sporting competitions for 2020
In response to the latest COVID-19 outbreaks across the nation, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) announced on Aug. 13 the cancelation of fall and winter sports competitions, along with championships. Men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, golf, cross country, and men’s football were the teams affected by the NSIC’s decision.
With current restrictions and the coronavirus guidelines still in place, the challenge of having a normal season for any sport in the winter or fall was an impossible task from both the NSIC and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Minot State is one of 16 schools in the NSIC conference which consists of mostly schools located in the Northern and Midwestern regions.
“Today is a day filled with emotions and questions,” NSIC commissioner Erin Lind said in a tweet the day of the decision. “In a time of uncertainty, NSIC leaders will work to provide clarity for our student-athletes and coaches.”
With the ever changing pandemic, the NCAA’s Board of Governors began to lay out certain guidelines for schools to return to playing competitive sports. As the outbreak began to worsen, those guidelines quickly turned to mandates mainly involving regular testing, which played a key role in the decision to suspend fall and winter athletics.
“Our state has said we’re going to support our schools and make sure they have free testing,” Minot State University Athletic Director Andy Carter said. “Not every state is that way and that really is what flipped the gears to where it was almost impossible to have competition.”
Athletes and coaches across campus are faced with troubling and changing times, but Carter has advice on how to handle adversity and learn from times like this.
“This isn’t going to last forever, we’re going to get back to competing hopefully sooner or later,” Carter said. “Life is like this. Life in general, things don’t always go the way you want them to go but you always have a choice.”
The NSIC has been open to the idea of having fall competition in the spring. This decision depends on the current landscape of the pandemic and monitoring the health risks of doing so.
These decisions are not going to be made anytime soon as they all are dependent on monitoring the impact of the virus locally, regionally, and nationally by the NCAA.