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SUNY Broome cancels winter sports due to virus concerns

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TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- SUNY Broome has cancelled its 2020-21 winter sports season due to concerns over the pandemic.

In a news release, the community college said the move was in the interest of student health. Basketball, cheerleading and volleyball will not be played due to the cancellation.

A joint statement from the National Junior College Atheletics Association is posted below:

After careful thought, consideration, and dialogue, SUNY Community Colleges (27 of 30) that are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), have collectively decided to cancel intercollegiate competition for the 2020-2021 indoor sports that are considered “high risk” for COVID-19 exposure and spread of infection.  These sports include: basketball, cheerleading, dance, volleyball and wrestling. Campuses will have the option to hold on-campus workouts and training with student-athletes, should the institution allow it in a structured and monitored environment.

The low to moderate indoor sports including bowling and swimming & diving may compete in a virtual setting and must adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

NJCAA SUNY Community Colleges will continue planning for what we hope will be the safe resumption of intercollegiate athletics in spring 2021.  Traditional spring sports and several traditional fall sports have been moved to spring, per the NJCAA 2021 Sports Guidelines.  An official announcement on spring sports’ status will be made in January.  Detailed sport specific guidelines and protocols are currently in development and Return to Play and Return to Competition Plans will be informed by nationally recognized sport specific agencies along with NYS, CDC, DOH and governing athletic associations.

NJCAA SUNY Community College decisions will continue to be guided by best practice and cautious adherence to health and safety protocols that will safeguard the well-being of our student-athletes, staff, campuses, and communities.  We commit to ongoing collaborative efforts to develop cohesive safety plans to implement on our campuses in support of our student-athletes.

SUNY Broome a decision on winter practices and a spring sports season for the community college is under review.

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