Coronavirus: Atlantic 10 Conference postpones all fall sports, intends to reschedule in spring

'Look-in window' allows for potential shortened season in September

Coronavirus: Atlantic 10 Conference postpones all fall sports, intends to reschedule in spring
FILE: The University of Dayton women's soccer team celebrates winning the 2016 women's soccer championship. (Photo courtesy of UD)

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — All Atlantic 10 Conference fall sport competitions and championships have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference announced in a media release Friday.

For the University of Dayton, the announcement includes the main men’s and women’s soccer, cross county, and volleyball seasons. The fall seasons for men’s and women’s golf, tennis, and women’s rowing, and the non-traditional fall seasons for baseball and softball will also be postponed, according to a UD athletics spokesperson.

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The Dayton football season remains in flux, according to the university. The Flyers will not play any non-conference football games this year and decisions about the Pioneer League season, the conference the Flyers belong to for football, are still being made.

“Similar to other Flyer fall sports, it is presumed that Dayton football will be postponed without a dramatic improvement in the COVID environment,” the UD spokesperson said in the release.

While the plan for A-10 sanctioned fall sports is for them to resume in the spring semester, the conference agreed to create a “look-in window” for mid-September. If the COVID-19 risks have been reduced by the time the window opens, the conference would create a shortened competitive season with teams playing only other A-10 member teams.

“The reinstatement of conference competitions following the look-in window would require medical and institutional protocols that would assure the safety of student-athletes, staff and the campus community. If COVID-19 risk levels do not improve, the teams and student-athletes will continue training and practicing while attending classes and prepare for a spring 2021 competitive schedule,” the UD athletics spokesperson said in the media release.