SUNY colleges can resume spring sports effective March 20, announced today by Chancellor Jim Malatras.
That brings the return of lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis, and track & field competition to schools like Cortland.
A final plan was adopted last night following about a month of meetings by SUNYAC officials.
“Athletics is an important aspect of student life at SUNY Cortland and all SUNYAC institutions,” said Cortland President Erik Bitterbaum, also Chair of SUNYAC’s President’s Council. “I am grateful to the dozens of individuals who worked to create a plan that will allow SUNYAC teams to safely resume competition, and immensely proud of our student athletes, who I know they will make the most of this opportunity.”
The SUNYAC Conference will be split into East/West regions to limit travel and overnight stays.
Masks are required at all times by coaches and officials; as well as by athletes unless they are engaged in competition or active practice.
In-person spectators are still not allowed, as per guidance from the State Department of Health.
Also required are regular weekly testing and COVID symptom checks prior to competition.
Athletes will be tested within three days of departure for road games.
Eating is prohibited and masks are to be worn on buses for travel, with capacity reduced to 50 percent.
Additionally, handshakes, group celebrations and pre- or post-interactions with opposing teams are prohibited.
Rising COVID positivity rates could delay or pause competition.