Centennial Conference suspends fall semester competition

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The Centennial Conference has suspended all competition scheduled for the fall semester. This includes winter sports. Gettysburg, Johns Hopkins McDaniel, Muhlenberg, and Ursinus are full Centennial members with wrestling. It is not yet clear how this will affect associate members Washington & Lee and Merchant Marine. Washington & Lee is a member of the ODAC in other sports, and that conference outlined their plan to begin fall competition no sooner than September 11th. Merchant Marine is a full member of the Skyline Conference and an associate member of the NEWMAC in football. Neither conference has made an announcement as of yet.

The release states that football will definitely not happen, but it allows for a reevaluation of other sports at the end of September. Perhaps conditions will improve enough to allow wrestling to begin before January.

Centennial Conference Statment:

LANCASTER, Pa. — The following is a statement regarding athletic activity for the fall 2020 semester.

In response to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council has been meeting diligently to address the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and their communities. As institutions finalize their plans for the coming year, federal, state, and local health guidance, as well as institutional policies, will guide their independent decisions regarding reopening.

Given health and other related concerns, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council has decided to suspend any inter-collegiate competition for sports scheduled for the fall semester. The presidents will reevaluate this decision by the end of September, based on work to be done by the Conference to assess sports-specific activities and the experiences on the schools’ campuses. The presidents have determined football will not be played in the fall. The Conference will also explore the possibility of shifting certain fall sports, including football, to the spring.

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