- Dale Duff Reporting ([email protected])
The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) is putting the January 29th date to play basketball on hold for now. But, the conference says there are several options on the table to play a schedule of winter sports, including playing a springtime schedule.
The NAC includes 12 Division III schools in New England and New York, including UMaine Presque Isle, Husson University, Maine Maritime Academy, Thomas College and UMaine Farmington.
The conference winter sports include men’s and women’s basketball as well as men’s and women’s swimming/diving.
“We are committed to providing student athletes with an opportunity to play their sport if it is safe for them and our campuses and wider communities to do so,” said Presidents’ Council Chair Ray Rice, also the president at UMaine-Presque Isle. “The coronavirus will ultimately determine the fate of winter sports in the NAC, and we are cautiously optimistic that the worrisome trend we are seeing nationally right now will change course in a way that allows for safe athletic competition.” – NAC Release
The NAC Presidents’ Council will wait until January to make a final determination.
Eligible D-III student-athletes in all sports will get a blanket waiver and will not be charged with a season of participation regardless of what happens with schedules. In other words, student-athletes will get two extra semesters of eligibility.