AUSTINTOWN — The Ohio Athletic Conference, the nation’s third oldest collegiate athletic league, has announced plans to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic during the fall sports season.
The OAC has adopted the NCAA three-phase Resocialization Plan on campus, 14 days in each Phase One and Two with varying days per sport in Phase Three.
Fall competition in all sports will begin Sept, 19 and the league will play conference-only competition in football, soccer and volleyball, while permitting cross country, golf and tennis to play outside competition.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes is of utmost concern, as well as our campuses and the communities they are in, OAC Commissioner Tim Gleason said in a news release. “We believe we have reached a great balance of health and safety while at the same time providing a vibrant sports schedule for the student-athletes.”
To that end, the OAC is preparing schedules that maximize participation opportunities that lead to conference championships and subsequent NCAA participation.