The Colonial States Athletic Conference Board of Directors announced on Tuesday that the conference shall suspend all intercollegiate competition for the fall 2020 season.

A final decision on the possibility of future intercollegiate competition for fall sports, including the possibility of conducting fall intercollegiate competition in spring 2021, as well as a plan for intercollegiate competition for winter sports, will be made by the end of September.

The CSAC Board of Directors and other administrative groups have worked tirelessly in collaboration with the conference office staff over the past weeks and months to develop multiple potential scenarios for intercollegiate competition in the fall while being mindful of health and safety guidelines from the NCAA, each member’s campus reopening plans and the landscape of college athletics.

This difficult decision was made with careful deliberation and strategic assessment of the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference and its administration will continue to explore safe training and intra-campus practice opportunities for its member institutions while continuing to be mindful of the rapidly-changing local, regional and national conditions.

CSAC member Keystone College also released a statement on Tuesday, adding “We realize this was a very difficult decision for the Conference but was made with the best intentions regarding the health and safety of all student-athletes involved. We remain hopeful of the possibility of continuing fall intercollegiate competition in spring 2021, as well as intercollegiate competition for winter sports.”

Keystone is also aware the Conference is exploring the possibility of safe-training and intra-campus practice opportunities for its member institutions while continuing to be mindful of the rapidly-changing local, regional, and national conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CSAC is made up of 10 core schools, including Bryn Athyn College, Cairn University, Cedar Crest College, Centenary University, Clarks Summit University, College of Saint Elizabeth, Keystone College, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Rosemont College and Wilson College. It also has seven associate members: Penn State Behrend (m/w outdoor track & field); Kean University (men’s lacrosse), Montclair State University (men’s lacrosse), Stockton University (men’s lacrosse), University of Valley Forge (baseball), Alfred State College (m/w outdoor track & field), Lancaster Bible College (field hockey).

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