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Covid-Related Cancellations Carry Over to 2021

Covid-19 Continues to drive cancellations and postponements.

As many rang in the new year in the comfort of their own homes, hope for the volleyball community was that a wave of normalcy would assumably wash away the negative impact that Covid-19 had on the 2020 college, club, and high school scene. However, in recent days, the continued cancellations and delays have once again begun to pop up. Here are a few updates from around the country that have proven the pandemic is still here in a major way. 

College

The Northeast 10 Conference (NCAA DII) released a statement on January 13, announcing the cancellation of plans for repositioned regular season and championship competition, including women’s volleyball. According to the release, “While the Council has elected to cancel repositioned NE10 fall sport competition and championships, each NE10 member institution shall retain the autonomy to determine if it will engage in team activities, practice and training opportunities and contests against outside competition.”

The Penn State University Athletic Conference also opted to cancel all Fall and Winter sports for the 2020-21 academic year, stating, “The Conference Office has continuously monitored University, federal, state and national governing body guidelines, as well as national trends in intercollegiate athletics throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, and campus communities has continued to be the most important aspect of the PSUAC’s attempts to resocialize intercollegiate sports at the Commonwealth Campuses. Given the unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic, the PSUAC had previously postponed fall and winter sports competitions to the spring semester. This most recent decision cancels regular season and conference championship competition for those fall and winter sports.” 

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Club

The JVA released an announcement regarding the cancellation of the Rock’N Rumble tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. The announcement and explanation were posted to the event’s information page, which can be seen below. 

USAV also had a handful of cancelled events, including the Music City Volleyball Championships Qualifier, slated for January 16-18 in Nashville, Tennessee. The event was cancelled all the way back in September, which was explained via the MCVC website. The 18’s division bids for this event have been moved to the Big South Qualifier scheduled for April. 

More recently, the KC Martin Luther King Day Tournament was cancelled via press release on the Heart of America Region website. According to the release,”In a reversal from last week’s approval from the Kansas City Health Department, we received notice today that our waiver to host the Kansas City MLK event has been revoked. We will not be allowed to operate the event and have to cancel it altogether.” 

Also scheduled to occur in Kansas City, The Triple Crown National Invitational Tournament was postponed to be rescheduled to May, according to an email that was sent out Wednesday afternoon. In the email, Triple Crown Sports explained, “We appreciate your flexibility and support throughout the last few months of navigating the NIT in a COVID-19 world. Based on the KC’s Mayor’s order today to extend through potentially May 1, it is with a heavy heart that we will be postponing the NIT for all age groups to May of 2021.”

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High School

In Hawaii, the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation has cancelled all Fall and Winter sports. In a statement, the KIF explained, “After careful consideration and extensive discussion, the KIF Executive Board has made the decision to cancel the 2020 KIF Fall and Winter season sports which includes air riflery, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, canoe paddling, soccer, girls volleyball, swimming and diving, and wrestling.” The Big Island Interscholastic Federation also opted to cancel Fall and Winter sports on January 7. The Hawai’i High School Athletic Association has already cancelled State Championships, which were scheduled for March. A move that does not bode well for rescheduled Fall sports across the state. 

In a recent meeting, the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association voted to allow the first group of postponed Fall sports, which includes girls’ volleyball, to begin practicing on February 1. According to a release on January 7, “The change comes after Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Tuesday the “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery” plan which outlined a new set of guidelines and metrics for the resumption of education-based athletics and activities in Washington.” 

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