CSS reacts to fall changes entering their final season in the UMAC

Updated: August 02, 2020 11:02 PM

Last week the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) announced the postponement of high-risk sports.

The decision impacts three local schools including Northland College, UW-Superior, and the College of St. Scholastica.

For CSS, the 2020-2021 season will be their final year in the UMAC. The Saints will move to the MIAC beginning the 2021-2022 athletic season.

"Here we were preparing for our final opportunity to compete in the UMAC and this decision was made, which was certainly a tough pill to swallow," said CSS Athletic Director Franco Bari.

This decision impacts volleyball, football, and men's and women's soccer at CSS.

"We understand that the climate of Division III athletics is trending this way right now. At this point it's very important for us to continue and try to create an environment where the student athletes still have some type of valuable experience," said Bari. 

While there will be no conference games for high-risk sports this fall, schools are allowed to play matches at their own discretion. 

Bari said CSS hopes to offer athletes training, practice or some kind of competition this fall. He added the athletic department is currently working on creating a health and safety plan.

"We're still planning to move forward with creating a safe enough environment for competitions. We have a protocol we're putting together with regards to screening and testing and really making sure that we have an environment that's safe. We really think that we can move forward with it," said Bari.

It is possible championships for fall sports could be postponed to the Spring semester. 

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