The University of Delaware has announced they are suspending all fall sports in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The university’s decision comes in conjunction with the Colonial Athletic Association’s (CAA) Football Conference Board of Directors’ decision to suspend conference competition for the upcoming 2020 football season.
This decision also includes cross country, football, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, rowing, golf and tennis.
“While the entire CAA conference did not make a collective decision on sports outside of football, we felt it was necessary for us to align our decision for all of our fall sports. We recognize and respect that each full member conference school is in a different part of the country with different campus circumstances, however we believe that this is the right decision for us,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Chrissi Rawak.
Several other colleges and universities have agreed to suspend their fall sports this upcoming season.
“These are certainly unprecedented and challenging times and this decision was an incredibly difficult one to make. The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and entire community has always been, and will continue to be our top priority. We know how hard our student-athletes, coaches and staff work to compete for this great University,” Rawak said. “We also know that we have so many loyal supporters that bleed Blue and Gold, however, to mitigate risk and compete in a safe and healthy environment, ultimately this was a decision that needed to be made. We will do everything we can to give our student-athletes and coaches an opportunity to compete for the University of Delaware as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
The University of Delaware also stated, that if student-athletes do not wish to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the summer and/or the 2020-2021 academic year due to concerns of COVID-19, their scholarship will still be honored and will remain in good standing with their team for this academic year.
Decisions pertaining to winter sports will be made later into the year, closer to the season.