The VIU Mariners women’s soccer team competes in the national final last fall. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association previously announced the cancellation of fall national championships and today, June 19, the Pacific Western Athletic Association announced that it will not hold league games in 2020. (CCAA photo)

VIU’s sports teams won’t play league games this fall

PacWest cancels 2020 conference play, hopes basketball and volleyball can return in January 2021

National championships this coming fall were already cancelled, and now it’s been decided that there will be no league play for VIU sports teams in 2020.

The Pacific Western Athletic Association announced Friday that there will be no league play in the fall semester, adding in the press release that the PacWest is “hopeful” that conference play can start in January 2021 with a shortened season.

“We looked at a number of different scenarios for fall competition keeping in mind the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and officials. Ultimately the decision came down to our guiding principle of keeping everyone safe,” said Jake McCallum, PacWest president, in the release.

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association announced earlier this month that it was cancelling its fall national championships, notably soccer and golf. Soccer and golf players will not lose a year of college sports eligibility in 2020-21.

OPINION: COVID-19 doesn’t play by the rules of the game

RELATED: VIU celebrates its sports standouts with virtual awards ceremony

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Gabriola Island artist recounts creative journey, struggles in new memoir

Tammy Hudgeon presents ‘Tender Brave Spirit: An Expressive Life Almost Missed’

City of Nanaimo takes inventory of its land for official community plan review

Report recommends high-density residential development, identifies shortage of industrial land

Neighbours corral suspected impaired driver after crash in south Nanaimo

Car went off road, hit pickup truck and retaining wall before striking house on weekend

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district considers COVID-19 lessons in planning for fall

Elementary, secondary school committees formed to plan for next school year

Infringing festival finds a way to dance during pandemic

Crimson Coast Dance Society holding drive-in, micro and physically distanced events July 10-19

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Elizabeth May endorses Furstenau in BC Greens race

Former federal party leader backs Cowichan Valley MLA

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

RCMP seek man facing sexual assault charges

Police believe he may be living on central Vancouver Island but also has a history in the Cariboo region

Most Read