In response to ongoing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, Villa Maria College has suspended all fall intercollegiate athletic competition until the spring 2021 semester. This includes men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross-country.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes is our primary concern. Because of this, we have made the very difficult decision to transition competition for men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and our cross-country seasons to the Spring 2021 semester,” said Amanda Janosky, Villa’s athletic director.” “The College anticipates holding winter sports, and will follow the guidance of the USCAA and the USBC, which we anticipate seeing soon.”
The Villa Vikings athletic staff will continue to work on developing a schedule for the postponed fall sports in the spring as long as college, USCAA, and state guidelines permit doing so. In addition, we plan to provide athletic-related activities and training opportunities for student-athletes during the fall semester. Student who do not or cannot compete this year will not lose a year of eligibility as long as they remain enrolled at the College.
“This was a difficult decision to make,” said Janosky. “As other institutions cancelled or postponed athletics, we were left with very little choice of our own. We are disappointed to have to push the fall seasons back, but we are confident that the Vikings will be prepared to compete when it is safe for us to do so once again.”
The College hopes to hold winter sports as planned. The athletic staff and College leadership will continue to monitor this evolving situation, and all plans will be made in accordance with College, league and government regulations. A decision will be made as soon as possible. All updates are shared with the College community via email and well as publicly on social media and on villa.edu/coronavirus.
For the latest campus updates and important COVID-19 information, visit villa.edu/coronavirus.