CCIW Postpones Fall Sports Competition
NAPERVILLE, Ill. –– With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to present challenges to the campuses and communities
throughout the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, the CCIW Council of Presidents,
after thorough consideration of the new NCAA guidelines, announced the suspension
of all fall intercollegiate sports. A decision on winter sports will be made in the
The CCIW will postpone all conference competition and championships for men's and
women's cross country, football, women's golf, men's and women's soccer, women's tennis,
and women's volleyball. Additionally, the Conference Office will explore the feasibility
of opportunities for these teams to compete during the spring while maintaining full
conference competition in spring sports.
As a result of the decision, the CCIW will move league championships for women's golf
and women's tennis to the spring. The conference office will work with coaches to
design a regular season schedule and determine dates for CCIW Championship competition.
"This decision was a very difficult one, both for the CCIW conference and for Illinois
Wesleyan," President S. Georgia Nugent said. "We recognize how disappointing it will
be for our student athletes not to have conference competition this fall. But we must
put safety first, and the CCIW presidents, after many hours of deliberation, believe
this is the right decision, in light of the heightened risk that travel and competition
"I am confident that our coaches and trainers will be thoughtful and creative in developing
ways for our student athletes to remain engaged, conditioned, and ready to compete
when that is possible," she added. "I especially want to thank our Director of Athletics,
Mike Wagner, for his important contributions to planning, through his participation
on the Fall Contingency Planning Committee and COVID Athletics Action Committee on
campus, as well as representing Illinois Wesleyan on the Health and Safety Committee
"We worked very hard all summer at both the conference and institutional level to
develop several scenarios that would allow us to return safely to full athletic competition,"
Athletic Director Mike Wagner shared. "However, one of the primary assumptions was
that the spread of the virus and the number of active cases would be very low at the
end of the summer months. Instead, a significant portion of the country is dealing
with increases in both cases and hospitalizations. We will take this time to strengthen
the mind and body, build leadership skills, hone individual skill development and
enjoy team building exercises. We have an incredible staff and coaches who will do
everything in their power to ensure our student-athletes will be able to enjoy unique
and fulfilling experiences with their teammates in a way that will be safe and healthy
for all involved."
Despite the CCIW conference-wide decision, IWU is exploring different ways of providing
its student-athletes with meaningful opportunities to engage with their teammates,
coaches, and support staff. Collectively, our coaches are working hard to find ways
to provide skill development, conditioning, and other athletically-related activities
for all teams in their traditional or non-traditional seasons will be permitted in
accordance with NCAA Division III rules and campus, state, and NCAA health directives.
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By Katie Gonzales