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UMAC pushes football, soccer, and volleyball seasons to spring

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ST. PAUL, MN -- While most sports are deliberating on how to proceed with academics during the pandemic, the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) has voted to modify the timing of conference competition and championships for football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.

Per directive of the Council of Presidents and Chancellors, the UMAC will pursue opportunities to provide conference competition in the spring for the fall sports of football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.

According to UMAC's announcement, this could include conference post-season tournaments and championships in the spring for men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball in addition to other conference competition.

UMAC reps say institutions remain focused on providing meaningful experiences for all student-athletes involving opportunities for practice, small-group training, skill development, strength and conditioning and leadership programming.

Engagement in non-conference competition in the fall for football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball remains at the discretion of UMAC institutions and will not be governed by the UMAC.

Men’s and women’s golf – which are classified as low-risk sports – will be permitted to compete this fall, and conference championships will be conducted as planned.

To read UMAC's full statement click here.

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