CCCAA ADOPTS PLANS TO RETURN SPORTS FOR 2020-21
The CCCAA Board of Directors unanimously approved a three-part plan on June 5 to allow the state’s community colleges a return to intercollegiate athletics for the 2020-21 academic year while being directed by health guidelines from the state of California.
The adopted action calls for immediate implementation of the “Conventional Plan”, which keeps sports in their traditional fall and spring seasons, except for men’s and women’s basketball which move to the spring. On July 17, if it is still unsafe to execute athletics within the Conventional Plan framework, the CCCAA will move to either the Contact/Non-Contact Plan or the Contingency Plan.
Here are synopses of each of the plans:
• Cross country, football, women’s golf, soccer, women’s volleyball, water polo and wrestling will compete during the fall. Competition will begin on Sept. 11 except for football (Sept. 26) and will allow for 75% of the maximum number of contests currently permitted. The season, including any regional championships, will end by Nov. 25.
• All the remaining sports (badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, men’s golf, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and men’s volleyball) will start competing on Mar. 1 and finish by May 22.
• Cross country, women’s golf, swimming and diving, and women’s volleyball – each considered as Non-Contact or minimal contact sports – will begin competition in mid-September and conclude by Nov. 25. Sports will be permitted 70% of their current maximum number of contests.
• Basketball, football, soccer, water polo and wrestling would begin competition on Feb. 13 and finish by April 17 while all other sports will start competing on April 10 and end by June 23. Volleyball will move to the spring and start competition on Feb. 13, if it is deemed to be unsafe to compete in the fall.
• Only cross country and women’s golf will stay in the fall and all others will go to the spring with regular-season competition capped at 70% of current levels. Basketball, football, soccer, women’s volleyball, water polo and wrestling will start competition in early February and finish by April 17 while the remaining sports will start on April 10 and end by June 23.
The entire press release with more details is available here.
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) announced on March 12, 2020 that competition and practices (outside of regularly scheduled classes) for spring sports and any and all nontraditional sports seasons were postponed indefinitely, effective immediately. The CCCAA Board of Directors subsequently announced on March 19 that all actions listed in the previous sentence were moved from postponed to canceled. Additionally, it was announced that face-to-face recruiting and travel related to recruiting is prohibited until April 15 when the ban will be re-evaluated. On April 7, the recruiting was extended and will remain in place until the statewide shelter-in-place order has been lifted.
We understand the ramifications of this decision are widespread and there are many questions. The following FAQ is being provided to help provide answers and will be updated as information becomes available and as new questions emerge.
What spring sports are impacted by the announcement?
The baseball, women's badminton, women's beach volleyball, men's golf, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and men's volleyball regular seasons. Additionally, the 2020 CCCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Championships were canceled and will not be rescheduled.
How does the cancelation of sports affect student-athlete eligibility?
The Board of Directors subsequently voted that nearly 9,500 student-athletes who competed this spring will have their season of competition restored, provided they had not quit or been cut from their teams prior to the seasons being postponed by the CCCAA on March 12. The restoration only applies to the student-athletes’ status within the CCCAA. The NCAA, NAIA and other collegiate governing bodies are currently addressing similar issues and the CCCAA will continue to work with them to help student-athletes who wish to eventually transfer. Documentation will be completed by the student-athletes' respective institutions and conferences.
What is meant by "practices outside of regularly scheduled classes?"
The CCCAA does not have jurisdiction over college or district decisions related to instruction. The decision whether or not a team can continue to meet on or off campus during scheduled class time is up to the member college or district. The recent board decision to postpone spring competition does not prohibit students from meeting during scheduled class time, but ultimately the question should be answered by the local college or district administration.
Can CCCAA schools still conduct face-to-face/in-person recruiting?
No. In light of the state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19, the CCCAA has also instituted a temporary ban on face-to-face recruiting - and any travel related to recruiting - until April 15 at which time the CCCAA will review and decide whether to continue the ban or not. It’s similar to recruiting restrictions put in place by other collegiate governing bodies. Correspondence, as defined in Bylaw 2.5.A.5 and in Bylaw 2.5.B.10 of the 2019-20 CCCAA Constitution and Bylaws, is permissible during the ban. On April 7, the recruiting ban was extended and will remain in place until the statewide shelter-in-place order has been lifted.
Are spring CCCAA Championships still going to be held?
With the cancelation of the spring sports, the associated CCCAA Championships have been canceled as well.
Will the CCCAA declare any of the remaining 16 men's and women's basketball teams as state champions using some kind of metric such as overall record, poll, RPI or another rating service?
It is unfortunate that we were not able to determine men's and women's state champions but since winners could not be decided on the court, the 2020 champions will be listed as "Not determined."
What about all of the statistics and records from the basketball and spring seasons?
All records, statistics and individual and team achievements up until the cancelation will remain.
What is the status of the 2020 CCCAA Convention scheduled for March 31-April 3?
The convention has been canceled. Refunds to registrants who have paid will be issued but will take at least four to six weeks. Additionally, reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton Ontario Airport can be canceled by calling the hotel directly at (909) 937-0900 or Hilton at 1-800-Hilton, or by using the Hilton app. While the convention has been canceled, the Management Council Business Meeting, Vote on Legislation and the Board Meeting will still take place virtually but dates for those to occur have not been announced yet.
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