Tim Folliard – Sports Editor
Benedictine Athletics announced that all events scheduled until December 31 would be postponed until 2021. The announcement comes after the NACC and many other Division III conferences making the same decision.
The sports that have had competitions postponed include: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Track & Field and Women’s Volleyball. An updated schedule has not been released for these sports.
“I was very upset when Coach Jen first told us that our season was postponed.” Senior volleyball player Molly Stock said. “I’m beyond hopeful for the spring and all of us will be ready to go and will take any sort of season we can get!”
Although there will be no competition, sports are still able to train on campus. Team practices can begin on September 17th in groups of ten. These practices will be no contact and athletes must maintain distance. Face coverings must always be worn during these group practices. However, starting October 1st, these groups can expand to up to 50 athletes and contact is permitted.
Benedictine athletics must follow guidelines from the state of Illinois, DuPage county and the NCAA. Temperature checks will be given to athletes and water will not be able to be shared. Sports are allowed to share balls.
The NCAA has also cancelled all fall Division III championships. Student-athletes agree that postponing the season instead of cancelling is the correct decision.
“I do agree with the decision of postponing fall sports instead of cancelling because what student-athlete would want to hear that their season is cancelled? No one.” Junior Britney Pitzer, a member of the women’s basketball team said. “I put a tremendous amount of work in the off season to be able to perform my best when our season starts.”
“I think postponing the season allows for a safe, healthy and fair opportunity for all our athletes.” Junior basketball player Colin Mergl said. “It still gives us something to work towards.”
The postponement of fall sports affects all student-athletes at Benedictine. Winter and spring sports will likely have their schedules altered to accommodate the influx of sports going at the same time.