The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) is suspending competitive sports for the fall season, joining several other divisions that have done the same due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The SUNYAC Presidents made the decision during, Monday, following consultation with the conference's Board of Directors, made up of the Athletic Directors from its 10 member schools.
This decision affects SUNY Oneonta fall sports teams, as well as, SUNY Morrisville's field hockey team. The rest of the Mustangs fall sports have already been posponed following decisions by the Empire 8 Conference and NEAC over the past week.
“With student-athlete safety, health and wellbeing as our priorities, we were left with the difficult decision to forego competition until it is unquestionably safe,” said Tracey Ranieri, SUNY Oneonta Director of Athletics. "With grit, passion, and an awe-inspiring love for Oneonta, we are determined to get ready, daily, for the day we return to competitive sports."
The SUNYAC also announced it has delayed winter sports until at least Jan. 1, 2021. This will affect SUNY Morrisville's men's ice hockey team.
The conference will allow member schools to conduct small group workouts and some form of team athletic activity if and when conditions allow.
No mention has been made about the possibility of holding fall sports in the spring semester, but the SUNYAC's statement said it is exploring all options for a return to play.
The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) also made a decision regarding fall sports, Monday, announcing the postponement of the season.
This affects SUNY Poly teams after the Wildcats joined the NAC officially at the beginning of July following 11 years in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
NAC Presidents made the decision not to hold conference competition or championships in the fall, however, left holding non-conference intercollegiate competition at the discretion of its member schools individually.
SUNY Poly announced that it will not hold any interscholastic competition in the fall.
"This is a very painful decision for our Wildcat student-athletes and their families, along with our coaches, athletics staff, and college community," said Kevin Grimmer, SUNY Poly Director of Athletics. "The Wildcat Athletics program is a source of great pride for our institution, and we will come back stronger as soon as we are safely able."
The NAC did say it is exploring the possibility of holding fall sports in the spring.
The conference has yet to make a decision regarding winter or spring sports.