WAYNE – As Wayne State College students look to close out their 2020 Spring semester with online courses, student-athletes look to remain in shape and on point for next season.
With the NCAA setting their own restrictions, select divisions and conferences are putting out other guidelines.
Director of Athletics at Wayne State College, Mike Powicki said the NSIC administrative group voted that coaches across the league be permitted to do virtual CARA (Countable Athletically Related Activities).
“So, we’re able to some of those things,” said Powicki. “We’re able to require workouts and have the student-athletes check back in up to a certain limit. So, I think that’s been a big get for us. There’s a lot of Division II leagues around the country that are not allowing any contact with their student-athletes.”
The NCAA initially instituted the dead period on March 13 suspending in-person recruiting through at least April 15. Then, on April 1, the deadline was extended to May 31. Coaches are still allowed to contact their team through phone calls, text messages and written correspondence.
Also, the WSC football spring game was cancelled for mid-April. With a new coaching staff this will allow them to meet with their student-athletes online discussing the play book.
“Normally during a dead period you’re not allowed to do any activity other than monitoring academics, things like that, which we are also continuing to do,” Powicki added. “But now what we can do is at least have meetings with our student-athletes where we’re talking about plays or schemes or things like that.”
The inaugural season of Wayne State College beach volleyball began in mid-February and lasted until mid-March. WSC compiled a record of 3-4 against teams from Kansas, Missouri, California and the University of Nebraska. The ‘Cats were in the beginning of their spring break trip in California when the season abruptly came to an end.
Both the Wayne State College baseball and softball teams finished up their non-conference schedules after competing in Burnsville, Florida. The Wildcat baseball team went 2-3 during the RussMatt Invite finishing the season 8-7 while the softball team won five of their final six games going 5-3 in the National Training Center (NTC) spring games. The ‘Cats closed out the year 10-13.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s outdoor track & field team were two weeks from opening their season with the Wildcat Classic on March 27 when their season was called off. Cade Kalkowski, Dylan Kaup and Mckenzie Scheil were all scheduled to compete in the hammer throw during the NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals when the championships were cancelled.
“You know with it being unique times like this I think our students-athletes are still craving some of that interaction,” Powicki mentioned. “And to be able to not only just check on seeing how they’re doing and check on their academics but to actually still provide some level of normalcy with activity I think is critically important.”
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