December 8, 2020
Niagara County Community College plans to resume intercollegiate athletic competition in February 2021, beginning with its indoor sports of men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and wrestling. To ensure a safe return to play, NCCC will continue to follow all federal, state, and local guidelines put forth in regards to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“Going off the success we have seen with mitigating risk during the fall semester, we feel as if we can move forward in providing a safe and worthwhile opportunity for our student-athletes,” NCCC Director of Athletics Amanda Haseley said.
According to Haseley, helpful tools in determining a return to play included: the New York State Supplemental Guidance for Athletics at Higher Education Institutions during the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency document, other local NCAA and USCAA schools successfully participating in multiple sports along with preseason scrimmages, practices and workouts held on NCCC’s campus throughout the fall semester.
Spring sports including baseball, golf, and softball along with the traditional fall sports of men’s and women’s soccer are on track to begin competition in March. Earlier in the year, the NJCAA Board of Regents voted that all 2020-21 NJCAA sports seasons (fall, winter, and spring) will not count towards student-athlete eligibility.