ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Council of Presidents and Chancellors supported a recommendation from the UMAC Council of Athletics Directors to suspend conference competition through December 31, 2020, in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track and field.
Conference competition in winter sports will begin in 2021 with modified conference schedules for men’s and women’s basketball. The adjusted conference basketball schedules will be finalized when additional information is available including but not limited to NCAA Sports Science Institute (SSI) requirements for winter sports and confirmed NCAA Division III Championship dates. Engagement in non-conference competition during the fall semester remains at the discretion of UMAC institutions and will not be governed by the UMAC.
With changes to academic calendars of UMAC institutions and the recent recommendation for no competition during the fall semester from the NCAA Division III Administrative Council announced Aug. 20, the governing councils in the UMAC determined it best not to proceed with conference competition in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track and field during the fall semester.
UMAC conference decisions related to winter sports competition have been guided by state and local public health officials, the NCAA SSA recommendations and requirements and campus institutional policies. The health and safety of student-athletes, athletics personnel, and greater campus communities of members of the UMAC is of utmost importance.
The UMAC continues to monitor changing circumstances related to COVID-19. Revised schedules for men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track and field will be announced at a later date. Any further decisions for 2020-2021 made by conference governance groups will continue to be driven by available guidance from local and state health officials and the NCAA SSI and are subject to change.
Additional updates will be provided when available.