Buffalo, NY - Due the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 virus, D'Youville along with their conference affiliates of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) have cancelled all spring sports, practices, and championships effective immediately.
From Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Ona Halladay:
"It is with great regret and sadness that the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, North Eastern Athletic Conference, and D'Youville have decided to suspend all winter and spring sports effective immediately. This very difficult decision was made in light of the recent announcement from the NCAA cancelling all winter and spring sports championships due to the ever-changing uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus. These sports include; Women's bowling, Men's Volleyball, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Rowing, Baseball, and Softball. Also, all club sports and sports in non-traditional seasons are not permitted to practice or compete for the remainder of the Spring semester.
It is the top priority of D'Youville Athletics to ensure that our student-athletes health and safety is at the forefront of all our decisions which is why we believe that in this tumultuous time, this is the right decision to make."
From the AMCC:
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 virus outbreak, and with the health and safety of our student-athletes and campus communities in mind, the Presidents Council of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has voted unanimously to cancel all remaining regular season conference games and conference championships, effective immediately.
This decision applies to the following sports currently in season: women's bowling, men's volleyball, men's tennis, softball and baseball. Going forward, any contests between AMCC member institutions, if they choose to play them, shall be considered non-conference competitions, and shall not count toward any AMCC standings, statistics or awards for the Spring 2020 season.
The decision comes following the NCAA Board of Governors' decision to cancel the remaining winter and spring NCAA Championships, encouraging conferences and institutions to make decisions and take action in the best interest of their student-athletes and communities.
AMCC commissioner Donna Ledwin will work with the Division III Commissioners Association and the NCAA to secure appropriate participation waivers for spring sport student-athletes as well as sport sponsorship and minimum contest waivers for member institutions.
From the NEAC:
As with any decision, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) holds the health and well-being of our student-athletes at the forefront of everything that we do. Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, we also have a responsibility to exhibit careful consideration of all those that interact with our programs, our campuses and our greater communities. Therefore, the NEAC Presidents' Council has made the difficult decision to cancel all conference activities and championships for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, effective immediately.
We recognize this is a disappointing decision for our student-athletes. That is the competitive spirit that we value every day. In the wake of this decision and the rapidly-evolving state of this situation, the NEAC will be working with our member institutions in the coming days, weeks, and months to navigate through unchartered territory for our members and answer any questions that may arise. The one thing that is certain is that we will all get through this together.
As additional updates are available from the NCAA regarding eligibility questions and concerns, the NEAC will share that information with our member institutions.
Finally, we want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, and administrators throughout the 2019-20 academic year. We did not ever envision an ending such as this but we remain proud of the accomplishments of our programs this year.