Like all athletic administrators within the North Atlantic Convention, College of Maine at Farmington’s Julie Davis is ready for the NAC to make a closing determination about winter sports activities competitors.
“The North Atlantic Convention presidents have pushed a closing determination on a convention schedule again into January,” Davis mentioned in a current e-mail. “The character of the game, our convention membership and all of the related variables make it extra of a problem than another sports activities.
“The ADs had already suggested divisional play within the context of dynamic state CDC steering. … In the meantime, we additionally sponsor indoor observe and subject and a full array of aggressive snow sports activities (Alpine, Nordic and free-ride/ski). Every has it’s personal set of variables, alternatives and challenges to think about.”
Davis mentioned UMF and different colleges in Maine and within the NAC are maintaining a tally of the rising circumstances of coronavirus and the way it would possibly have an effect on the winter season.
“That is ongoing, however we purpose to have as a lot ironed out as doable by mid-December,” Davis mentioned. “The ripple impact of planning extends not solely to the student-athletes, our coaches, our workers and opponents, but in addition to officers and bus drivers, and within the case of snow sports activities … the venues that present devoted hill and path house.
“Nonetheless, the presidents have pushed off a NAC basketball schedule till January (on the newest). Everyone knows all the pieces is topic to vary. We’re doing our greatest to have alternate plans in place and to maintain our college students engaged and everybody protected.”
When the NAC decides about winter sports activities, Davis mentioned assessments shall be performed on every sport.”
“This go-around, I feel we could be extra discrete with our evaluation sport by sport,” Davis mentioned. “All of them plan to apply and prepare. We noticed within the fall that our efforts on this regard to competitors had been welcome, efficient and price it. However in the case of competitors, basketball is totally different than observe and subject, that are totally different than snow sports activities.
“Basketball is indoors. You usually would have some type of round-robin schedule. There are alternate options if that isn’t possible. Whereas winter observe and subject can also be indoors. Present tips for indoor occasions wouldn’t make a standard meet possible, however we’re exploring alternate options, (like) ‘mini meets,’ possibly a few groups or simply chosen occasions and separate males’s and girls’s competitions.”
Davis mentioned that whereas snow sports activities are out of doors occasions, there are different variables that come into play throughout a world-wide epidemic.
“All the native mountains and programs/trails have been working onerous to adapt their areas to adjust to steering and mitigate threat — and competitions can navigate that,” she mentioned. “The first space of focus there’s inside. Race or no race, managing of warmup house, consuming and restrooms … are all variables the mountains have been planning out in another way. We expect now we have possible choices, as of now.”
Davis mentioned there a many elements to think about in the case of making it protected for competitors in January, however all of these concerns shall be based mostly on the NAC’s ruling as nicely following coronavirus protocols.
“It actually comes all the way down to our evaluation of the power and feasibility with our out there sources, human testing, house and funding — plus the associated logistics and out there opponents to offer a accountable, high quality and enjoyable alternative that prioritizes well being and security over all else — but delivers expertise/alternative of training …,” she mentioned. “We stay hopeful however pragmatic. Any competitors we might get in can be a extra modest and a extra native schedule.”
Davis mentioned that it’s too early to know what is going to occur within the spring.
“Spring sports activities are on the radar, however we don’t make a blanket, semester-long determination at the moment,” she mentioned. “We’ve realized so much and developed processes and protocols this fall that had been unknowns in August that assist us assess each sport and season independently at this juncture.”