Sunshine State Conference Cancels Competition for Fall Sports and Swimming
By Florida Tech Sports Information // December 12, 2020
FLORIDA TECH IS A MEMBER OF THE Sunshine State Conference
Florida Tech will assess the ability to compete in the sports of soccer and volleyball with the intention to play a modified schedule this spring
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Due to the challenges presented by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the Sunshine State Conference President’s Council has decided to cancel conference competition and championships for the fall sports of soccer and volleyball and for the winter sport of swimming during the 2020-21 academic year.
Conference institutions may practice and compete in these sports during the spring 2021 semester as a matter of institutional discretion.
In the fall sport of the cross country, which is a low transmission risk sport as defined by the NCAA, the SSC intends to conduct a conference championship season during the spring 2021 semester, with no overnight travel and competition against conference teams only, provided health and safety conditions support such activity.
In addition, the President’s Council has further postponed the start of the basketball season until at least February 15, 2021.
This decision means that the eleven institutions in the conference will not participate in the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.
The conference aspires to conduct a conference schedule in basketball beginning later in the spring should health conditions improve.
These decisions were made with Sunshine State Conference student-athletes and campus communities’ health, safety, and well-being as the Conference’s highest priority.
“In sports, as in life, we are often faced with adversity and sometimes more than we had expected,” said Interim Athletic Director Pete Mazzone.
“The decision still leaves plenty of room for Florida Tech to play in some healthy competition amongst our other Sunshine State Conference opponents. Our athletes and coaches have remained strong-minded so far through this pandemic. I have no doubt that they will continue to persevere.”
Florida Tech will assess the ability to compete in the sports of soccer and volleyball with the intention to play a modified schedule this spring.
Further details regarding competitions and schedules will be released as they are available.