WAYNE – Institutions who make up a five-state conference will now have more time to prepare for the start of the fall sports season including Wayne State College student-athletes and coaches.
As students start to move their belongings onto the Wayne State College campus, those competing in fall sports saw a delay to the start of their season following the unanimous decision from the NSIC Board of Directors.
Director of Athletics at Wayne State College, Mike Powicki said delaying the season will buy the conference as a whole, additional weeks to allow other states and institutions to catch up.
“Put some of those protocols in place,” said Powicki. “Allow their state and their individual health departments to hopefully open things up a little bit more so we can move forward with conference competition.”
Colleges and universities from Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota make up the conference as the presidents and athletic directors will meet again in a couple of weeks to hold a follow-up call.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been placed in some workouts as the WSC Athletic Department has been able to implement some of their protocols by screening athletes and coaches every day.
Students-athletes along with a select group of students who need to be on campus early will move in throughout early August which will spread out the high numbers of those dropping off their personal items in their dorms.
Several student-athletes have been able to stay in Wayne working with their coaches as well as strength and conditioning staff.
“Basically, in light of COVID and what’s been going on the NCAA permitted student-athletes to actually come back and sign up for voluntary workouts with our coaching staff,” Powicki added. “We had a number of our student-athletes from across different sports take us up on that. So, we have had a population of student-athletes who have been around.”
For the sports of football, women’s golf as well as men’s & women’s cross country, the first permissible practice will be Wednesday, September 2 with the first date of competition scheduled for Saturday, September 26. For volleyball and women’s soccer, the first permissible practice will be Tuesday, September 8 with the first date of competition scheduled for Friday, October 2.
With classes beginning on August 17, all the sports will be restricted by their non-championship season legislation and can hold limited activities until the first permissible practice to stay in shape for the fall sports season.
As of now the fall sports championships are still in place at their original dates, just the front part of the season is seeing a change.
“There’s been a number of conferences who have delayed sports to the spring,” Powicki mentioned. “That’s great for them because that’s what they feel is the best interest of their campuses. But to be in a conference and on a campus where we’re positioned to have fall sports that’s exciting and we’re ready to take on that challenge.”
Powicki appreciates everyone’s patience as the NSIC and institutions continue their decision-making process.
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