TC3 vows return to sports competitions in the spring

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Tompkins Cortland Community College is moving forward with plans to compete in outdoor sports this spring.

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Men’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, golf, and men’s/women’s soccer teams can now start preparing for their seasons.

Each will follow sport-specific guidelines developed and adopted by all SUNY Community Colleges choosing to compete.

TC3 is one of more than a dozen institutions in Region 3 to vote for a return to competition.

“A safe return to competition is something we have been working towards for almost a year, and I’m very excited that we will be able to provide this opportunity to our student-athletes,” said Athletics Director Mick McDaniel. “Obviously this hasn’t been a typical year, and our sports will certainly reflect that with changes for everyone’s safety. But thanks to the hard work of people here and at many of our fellow NJCAA institutions in Region 3, we are on track to have seasons for our outdoor sports.”

Campuses have the option to either cancel intercollegiate athletics, hold on-campus workouts and training but no games, or move forward with a return to competition.

Rules were informed by governing athletic associations and made to be consistent with CDC, NYS Guidelines, SUNY and local DOH, and institutional recommendations and protocols.

In addition to modified schedules to limit travel, all contests will be played with no spectators, much like the cross country season in the fall.

“We were able to have a cross country season in the fall because we were flexible and willing to take the necessary steps to host safe meets,” McDaniel added.

Tompkins Cortland was one of seven schools in the region to safely compete in cross country.

The fall saw other Panther teams holding practices under new safety guidelines.

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