America East Says No Fall Sports

Decision Effects Black Bear Teams

Add The America East Conference to the growing list of leagues who will not play games this fall. UMaine’s women’s soccer, cross country and field hockey plan in America East. The conference also offers volleyball and men’s soccer in the fall.

But not this year because the Covid-19 situation. AE issued this statement…

BOSTON With the health and safety of its member institutions’ communities, the importance of successful institutional campus reopenings and the overall well-being of its student-athletes as its top priorities, the America East Conference Board of Presidents announced today a postponement, not cancellation, of all America East fall sport athletics competition and championships for the duration of the first semester.
With this announcement, the conference will develop plans for a competitive structure in the second semester and will identify a working group to begin studying this immediately. Athletics activities and student-athlete services for fall sports including but not limited to training, practice, strength and conditioning, athletic training and academic support will be permitted at each institution’s discretion in adherence with NCAA rules and local and state health and safety guidelines.
The decision and framework for fall sport operations were unanimously approved by the league’s Board of Presidents.
Further, the conference will continue to monitor the landscape and conditions surrounding the pandemic, locally, regionally and nationally, and make any decisions or announcements at a later date regarding its winter sports, as necessary. – America East Conference Press Release

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