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Carthage and COVID-19

Athletics

In partnership with the colleges and universities in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), Carthage has announced that all fall conference competition and championships have been postponed until further notice.

Teams will continue to hold practices throughout the fall semester, following the NCAA’s resocialization guidelines. Each team will also have one date of competition after Oct. 1, 2020, along with opportunities for scrimmages or exhibition matches. Our goal is to provide the best possible experience for our student-athletes while keeping them and the rest of our community safe.

The CCIW’s decision comes amidst the continuously evolving health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. Carthage Athletics has been working closely with the CCIW and campus partners all summer to determine the best course of action for fall sports, keeping in mind the resocialization recommendations the NCAA has put forth along with local health department guidelines.

What is happening?


Carthage College competes in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. On July 25, the CCIW decided to postpone all conference competition and championships for fall sports. This includes eight sports at Carthage: men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. There will be no CCIW-sponsored competition for these sports this fall.

  • Carthage’s fall teams will continue to hold practices throughout the fall semester, following the NCAA’s resocialization guidelines.
  • Each Carthage fall team will also have one date of competition, along with opportunities for scrimmages or exhibition matches.
  • For cross country, football, soccer, and women’s volleyball, the CCIW Conference Office will explore the feasibility of opportunities for these teams to compete during the spring while maintaining full conference competition in spring sports.
  • For women’s golf and women’s tennis, championships will be moved to the spring (dates TBD by the CCIW Conference Office).
  • For women’s tennis, the CCIW Conference Office will work with the coaches to design a regular season schedule for spring.

Will student-athletes for fall sports have any activities this fall?


Yes. Carthage fall teams will continue to hold practices throughout the fall semester, following the NCAA’s resocialization guidelines. 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. Many team meetings will continue to be held virtually as much as possible, in line with physical distancing guidelines. Practices and conditioning sessions will be held for small groups at a time.

Each Carthage team will also have one date of competition, to be held after Oct. 1, 2020, along with opportunities for scrimmages or exhibition matches.

The CCIW Conference Office will continue to explore the possibility of CCIW competitive activities/contests to keep the student-athletes engaged, as well as ways to engage the campus SAACs virtually and host leadership development programs.

What are the most recent updates from the NCAA Division III Office?


On August 5, the NCAA Presidents Council announced its decision to cancel all DIII fall championships for the 2020-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related administrative and financial challenges.

On July 9, The NCAA Division III Management Council approved a blanket waiver to allow ALL NCAA sports to determine their playing seasons by days, instead of weeks, during the academic year. This blanket waiver allows every team 114 days (rather than approximately 19 weeks) during the academic year to practice and compete, and essentially eliminates the distinction between traditional and non-traditional seasons.

Will there be any non-conference intercollegiate competition this fall?


The CCIW Council of Presidents supports institutional autonomy regarding the decision to participate in intercollegiate athletics this fall.

Carthage College has decided to allow one date of competition for each fall team, to be held after Oct. 1, 2020, along with opportunities for scrimmages or exhibition matches.

According to the CCIW, any intercollegiate competition involving fall sports must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have the approval of the institution’s President.
  • Must be conducted in accordance with NCAA Division III rules and campus, local, state, and NCAA health directives.
  • Is not sponsored or endorsed by the CCIW.
  • Will have no bearing on conference standings, records, or awards.
  • May only include student-athletes that are certified as eligible per NCAA and CCIW rules.
  • Per NCAA rules, must count in the team’s contest maximums.

What does this mean for winter and spring sports?


A decision on winter sports has not been made at this time and will continue to be evaluated by the CCIW Council of Presidents in the coming weeks.

Are check-in and arrival dates for fall student athletes changing?


Yes. Fall head coaches will be notified as soon as these are determined; fall coaches will then notify their teams. Fall student-athlete arrival dates and times will be updated on the Residential Life arrival website. This will be updated by Thursday, July 30.

Why are student-athletes able to practice and compete this fall, when Carthage has mandated that all students must wear masks and physically distance?


All athletic teams and coaching staff will be following strict guidelines developed by the CCIW that mirror the NCAA resocialization guidelines. These guidelines mandate daily screenings and testing prior to competition, and begins with a three-phase resocialization period that will take approximately one month prior to any allowable competition.  

As a fall student-athlete, how will these changes affect my athletic eligibility?


On July 9, 2020, the NCAA Division III Administrative Committee approved a blanket waiver for participation for student-athletes if they participated in 50 percent or less of their sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition for 2020-2021. What does this mean? Student-athletes whose teams do not reach the 50 percent threshold will automatically be provided this blanket waiver to extend their eligibility for another two semesters.