The risk of spreading
COVID-19 during team activities is simply too great. It would be
challenging — if not impossible — to implement the precautions
and protocols needed to ensure a safe environment during
competition, practices and other aspects of athletics.
Tri-C is not alone in its decision. Two of the College’s rivals
in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference — Owens
Community College and Sinclair Community College —
have also suspended sports for some or all of the 2020-2021
Meanwhile, a growing
number of colleges and universities across the country that
chose to begin fall sports programs are now reporting
coronavirus cases among athletes.
Tri-C’s decision sidelines
six teams that compete during the fall or winter seasons:
women’s basketball, cross country, indoor track and volleyball,
plus men’s basketball and soccer.
The College will fulfill its commitment to student-athletes by
honoring scholarships and working with them to identify other
needed resources in their academic and athletic pursuits.
A decision regarding the 2021 spring sports season will be made
in the fall.