The Yankee Small School Convention canceled its winter competitors in males’s and ladies’s basketball on Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic, successfully ending the seasons for these groups at Southern Maine Neighborhood School.
Matt Richards, the athletic director and males’s basketball coach at SMCC, referred to as the choice “massively disappointing” however realized the difficulties of creating the season work. The YSCC is a 10-member convention that competes in Division II of the US Collegiate Athletic Affiliation. Different members embody Central Maine Neighborhood School and the College of Maine at Augusta.
“As a convention, we’ve been working for the final 4, 5 months on how we will conduct some sort of basketball season safely and effectively,” stated Richards. “However if you’re making an attempt to include 5 completely different states and 10 completely different institutional pointers, it’s troublesome. And, clearly, the numbers lately haven’t helped.”
Richards was referring to the rising numbers of COVID-19 circumstances, not simply regionally – Maine reported 183 new circumstances Thursday, the third consecutive day it has set a file excessive – however regionally. “You must embody all these completely different state pointers,” stated Richards. “In Maine, we’ve executed nearly as good as anybody in maintaining our communities protected. However if you begin speaking New York and Connecticut and get on the outskirts of New England, you see these numbers and it’s troubling. How are you going to play a convention schedule?”
The YSCC announcement famous that member colleges “could plan for student-athlete coaching, conditioning alternatives, and non-conference competitors, per federal and state public well being suggestions and institutional pointers.”
Richards stated SMCC will attempt to do one thing for its winter athletes, a lot because it did for its fall athletes. That will embody coaching packages or, probably, video games.
“We haven’t rule out something,” stated Richards. “Proper now we’re persevering with to interact our student-athletes in offering assets to them when it comes to coaching and we’ll give you plans to try this by means of the winter. The psychological well being and engagement points of competitors is extraordinarily vital to them, and we’ll attempt to do it in a protected and environment friendly means.”