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Announcement Regarding Winter Sports Competition

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Wittenberg Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) President’s Council has decided unanimously to cancel conference play, including conference championships, for the winter season. The NCAC is communicating this decision now, noting that it was made with student-athletes’ health and safety in mind, as well as with an understanding of evolving academic calendars and the related differing return dates for students among its member institutions. The NCAC has indicated, however, that institutions may make individual decisions regarding outside competition during the winter sports season. Wittenberg has not made a decision at this time. Additionally, all NCAC institutions will not return student-athletes to campus for practices or other athletically related activity between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

It is important to note that the NCAC statement specifically applies to any conference competition for the winter championship sports. Decisions about spring and or/fall sport competitions in the spring semester will be made at a later date as more information becomes available. The NCAC has also shared that it “will continue to explore all options and plan for a safe return to intercollegiate competition, with the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and our broader communities our foremost concern. As the pandemic evolves, we will continue to monitor changing federal, state, and local guidance, and we will consult with each other as well as public health authorities and the NCAA as we plan for our eventual return to conference competition.”

Our student-athletes have been notified of this decision, and we are addressing questions that they and their families have. The NCAC also understands that members of our community may have questions. To help provide answers and to see the NCAC’s full communication, please visit the athletics website at https://www.wittenbergtigers.com/news/2020-21/WinterSportsUpdate.

Sincerely,

Bret Billhardt
Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation

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