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GLIAC sets winter and spring sports plans

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 18:39:39-05

The Great Lakes intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors has approved the winter and spring competition calendar.

GVSU, Davenport and Ferris State universities are all part of the conference.

The approved schedule models for fall sports competing in the spring feature a reduced conference-only regular season, plus a conference tournament, according to a news release.

Winter sports that don’t operate with a conference schedule – such as swimming & diving and indoor track & field – may compete according to normal NCAA guidelines.

Men’s and women’s basketball will have a unique conference schedule that begins Jan. 7.

Presidents and chancellors also allowed non-conference games prior to Jan. 1 to be scheduled at each individual institution’s discretion.

The GLIAC is working on consistent protocols in regard to COVID-19 testing, safe training, travel, hosting and in-game protocols.

Presidents and chancellors will make a final decision on testing requirements at a later date.

“Our administrators, coaches and the task force have been meeting weekly with the hope of getting our student-athletes back on the court or field next semester,” GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar said. “Their commitment to this process is impressive, and the safety of the student-athletes, staff and our communities has been at the forefront of our decisions.”

Schedules for each sport will be released on the following dates:

  • Men's and women’s basketball: Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.
  • Men's and women’s soccer: Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.
  • Volleyball: TBA

Volleyball is scheduled to begin Feb. 19, and men’s and women’s soccer on March 19.

The fall women’s tennis season will be played in the spring in conjunction with the men’s season.

Fall 2020 cross country was canceled.

GLIAC members are allowed to schedule football scrimmages or up to five spring competitions.

Spring 2021 sports schedules have remained as-is, but all schedules are subject to change based on the pandemic.