dangolka (CBS) — There can be a soccer season at UMass in any case. The college introduced Monday that it intends to schedule and play a restricted variety of soccer video games beginning in mid-October, calling an audible on its determination to postpone the season in August because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement comes as a number of conferences in faculty soccer reverse their selections to postpone the 2020-21 season till the spring.
UMass reached its determination following a optimistic assessment of the soccer program’s stringent COVID-19 security protocols and rigorous testing routine, in place since gamers’ return to campus in June. The varsity is working to develop a schedule that may begin in mid-October.
“The well being and security of our student-athletes, coaches and workers has all the time been our first precedence,” stated director of athletics Ryan Bamford. “Since returning to campus in June, the members of our soccer program have been vigilant in following the insurance policies and security protocols instituted by the state, our college and athletics division, serving to us attain a excessive degree of confidence that we will safely conduct a truncated season this fall. Additional, our latest work to generate a schedule within the spring semester, just like our different fall sports activities, indicated that fall 2020 offered one of the best alternative for our soccer student-athletes to take the sector this tutorial yr.”
UMass has administered greater than 1,800 COVID-19 assessments to members of the soccer program during the last 13 weeks, with solely two optimistic outcomes. All student-athletes, coaches and help workers will proceed to be examined a number of instances per week and might improve testing to fulfill extra opponent necessities with a purpose to play video games, if needed.
“As we speak is a good day for Massachusetts Soccer,” stated head soccer coach Walt Bell. “Everybody related to our program is happy to play soccer this fall. Now we have efficiently created one of many most secure environments in faculty soccer since June and our younger males deserve the chance to compete in 2020. We’re grateful to our campus management for supporting tutorial and aggressive alternatives for our student-athletes and workers to do what they love in a secure method.”
As a part of Monday’s announcement, UMass additionally stated it won’t host followers for house video games at McGuirk Alumni Stadium this fall.