Great Midwest Announces Plan to Postpone Fall Contact Sports

Great Midwest Announces Plan to Postpone Fall Contact Sports

INDIANAPOLIS - The Great Midwest Athletic Conference Presidents' Council has postponed the fall championship segments in football, men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball, as decided on Monday morning. The conference schedule and championships in each of these high contact risk sports, as defined by the NCAA Resocialization of Collegiate Sport guidelines, will be moved to the spring season.  

The Great Midwest is maintaining the cross country championship segment in the fall as originally scheduled. Additionally, engagement in all sports, including golf and tennis competition, will be permitted in the fall by institutions as they are able to meet NCAA, national, and local health and safety guidelines.  

Though ready and eager to facilitate intercollegiate competition in the fall for all championship segments, due to the recent mandates imposed by the NCAA Board of Governors, the Great Midwest has identified a path that best supports a meaningful season for the student-athletes in all sports. The Presidents' Council is determined to continue to work on behalf of the student-athletes and provide these opportunities.  

"Our first priority is the health and wellness of our student-athletes but it is our intention to provide our student-athletes with as robust of an experience as is possible and permitted by the NCAA mandates," added Vice President/Director of Athletics Dale Howard. 

Member institutions will continue to evaluate local and national regulations. Each institution will calculate the accessibility of tests and capability of their respective programs to meet NCAA mandates as it engages student-athletes in practice and competition through the academic year.  

The Great Midwest membership and institutional leadership is working to provide safe and rewarding opportunities for all student-athletes. As schedules and dates are established for the fall championships this spring, information will be provided accordingly.