On May 15, 2020, the Presidents Council of the American Rivers Conference announced its intention to conduct intercollegiate athletics programs this fall and for the entirety of the 2020-21 academic year. The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) has not made an announcement yet about fall sports.
Please see press release from the A-R-C below for more information:
American Rivers Conference
Cedar Rapids, Iowa --- The Presidents Council of the American Rivers Conference today announced its intention to conduct intercollegiate athletics programs this fall and for the entirety of the 2020-21 academic year. The announcement coincided with the conference’s spring governance cycle, which began yesterday with virtual meetings of the conference’s athletics administrators and faculty athletics representatives. The Presidents Council’s spring meeting will take place Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
“We will be using our spring meetings to coordinate our approach to full conference competition, both for the regular season and our post-season tournaments,” said Chuck Yrigoyen, commissioner of the American Rivers Conference. “As with our campuses generally, safety is our primary goal as we provide a robust, competitive experience for our student-athletes, coaches, athletics staff, officials, fans, and everyone directly involved in A-R-C sports.”
A-R-C institutions plan to approach all scheduled non-conference contests with the same attention to health and well-being as conference play. “Our athletics community knows our level of commitment to athletics has always been extremely high,” Yrigoyen continued. “We are in full preparation mode on behalf of that community and look forward to the day we welcome everyone back. We urge everyone to practice all known mitigation steps in your daily lives as we move forward against the virus.”
State and local guidelines will be primary considerations for the conference’s nine schools as the summer leads into preseason practice and then into competition. The conference also is engaging medical professionals on each campus — most notably the schools’ certified athletic trainers — as protocols are developed for their own teams and for visiting teams.
Further announcements regarding American Rivers Conference athletics for 2020-21 shall be released as warranted.
In March 2020, the A-R-C and CCIW canceled the remainder of the winter and spring athletic seasons. The cancellation includes baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s track and field.
Please see press releases from the A-R-C and CCIW below for more information.
American Rivers Conference
The American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) announced today, Friday, March 13, 2020, that all conference competition for the remainder of the spring season has been canceled in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation. The cancellation includes all A-R-C spring regular season competition, championships, and awards.
Based on the advice received from state, federal, and other public health authorities, with the priority being focusing on the health and well-being of our campus communities, it is with unprecedented sadness the Presidents Council concluded that all conference competition will be cancelled, effective Friday, March 13, 2020, for the remainder of the spring season.
The A-R-C eagerly awaits news from the NCAA regarding lost eligibility for all student-athletes affected by the nation-wide health pandemic.
College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin
The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Council of Presidents met on Friday, March 13, 2020 via teleconference to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Based upon guidance from the CDC and state and local health departments and in light of the NCAA's announcement yesterday, the CCIW Council of Presidents have voted unanimously to cancel all conference competition for the remainder of the winter and spring seasons.
The decisions and announcements over the last several days surrounding the COVID-19 virus and its effect on college athletics have been difficult and heartbreaking for us all. The Presidents of the nine member institutions of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin have met on several occasions via teleconference to determine the best course of action for our institutions, student-athletes, coaches and staff. Much thought and discussion has gone into this unprecedented and incredibly difficult decision. While we believe this is the right outcome, it is still heart wrenching for us all. Each institution will be providing support and guidance to the student-athletes as they finish out the semester.