All sports competitions in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) have been postponed through the end of the calendar year.
The MIAC announced the decision to postpone all competition due to "increased health and safety risks" associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The decision followed a recommendation by the NCAA Division III Administrative Committee to prohibit all member schools from competing during the fall sports season.
"The delay in competition will grant institutions, staff, and students additional time to adjust to new safety protocols on campus in the COVID-19 era while also allowing for continued testing and treatment developments, which remain a key factor for the return of athletics across the nation," the conference's announcement reads.
Cross country, football, soccer and volleyball had previously been moved to the spring season, while the delay of all fall sports pushes golf and tennis to the second halves of their split season. Basketball, hockey, indoor track and field, and swimming and diving and tentatively scheduled to begin in January.
Winter sports that were originally scheduled to begin later this year and now set to start in January, though formal plans and schedules have not yet been released.
All MIAC schools have the right to continue practicing and training so long as COVID-19 safety guidelines and MIAC/NCAA protocols are followed.
MIAC schools include: Augsburg, Bethel, Carleton, Concordia, Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline, Macalester, Saint Benedict, Saint Catherine, Saint John's, Saint Mary's, St. Olaf and St. Thomas, though St. Thomas is on the way out after this year.