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UMAC announces cancellation of “high risk” fall conference competitions and championships

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Duluth, Minn. -- Two days ago, the Minnesota Intercollegate Athletic conference otherwise known as the MIAC announced they'd be pushing all their high risk contact sports into the spring season. That left many to believe that the UMAC, the conference that both the College of Saint Scholastica and University of Wisconsin Superior belong to for many of their sports would be following suit.

On Thursday, the UMAC made their official announcement that high-risk sports, as determined by the NCAA Sports Science Institute, that includes football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball will not hold conference competitions or championships this fall.

Sports that will conduct as planned that are considered low to medium risk sports are men's and women's golf and cross country.

The conference is exploring the possibility of conducting competitions and championships in the spring… The College of Saint Scholastica noted that they will be exploring other options for their student-athletes to compete this fall.

As for UWS, athletic director Nick Bursik sits in on the UMAC council of president's meetings and noted that this seemed like the best possible option.

"Today was definitely tough. Having to really tell our student-athletes that they weren't going to get the experience that they'd been working for a lot of months in preparation of, and just having to tell them it's going to look different was tough," said Burski. When we were able to eventually sit down, look at the data, and look at our guidelines, we find ourselves in a spot where we have to prioritize their health and safety. And it lead us to the tough decision of looking at this fall."

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