LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio has decided to move all fall sports to spring 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The priority at UNOH is to be able to still provide some type of athletic experience for our fall student-athletes even though their competitive season has been delayed until spring 2021,” a news release said. “Athletic training, practice and inter-squad play is important for both the physical and mental health of all UNOH student-athletes. By implementing safety protocols in accordance with local and state guidelines, the UNOH Athletic Department is committed to give all student-athletes a fulfilling athletic experience on campus, even if the competitive season has shifted.
“While this decision was a difficult one, it was made with the safety of student athletes, athletic staff, and the greater campus community in mind.”
This week, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) voted to move all national championships for fall sports to spring 2021, allowing NAIA conferences to individually determine fall competition. The Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), which includes UNOH, on Friday announced it was moving championship events in women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country to the spring. Dates to be determined at a later time.
While the WHAC decided to allow schools to operate a split season of play, UNOH, “with the full support of the Board of Trustees” decided to postpone the competitive season for all fall sports to the spring of 2021. At UNOH, fall sports include women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer, tennis and golf.
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