Winnipeg, MB, June 16, 2020– The 2020 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference’s men’s and women’s soccer seasons will be played provided the league can meet all guidelines under their new “Return to Play Framework.”
“In light of the positive improvements in Manitoba surrounding COVID-19 and the movement towards Phase three by the Manitoba government, the MCAC has a sense of hope that the 2020-2021 regular seasons will be able to proceed,” said Scott Masterson, MCAC president.
Due to COVID-19, the MCAC has created a “Return to Play Framework” to help determine whether they will play the 2020-21 regular season in the league’s four sports. The framework has three guiding principles: safety of all involved, student-athlete experience and fiscal responsibility.
The goal of this new framework is to be a reference for decision making during this time, meaning there are conditions that need to be met. All provincial and municipal health restrictions around travel must be able to be followed, social distancing must be respected in the context of sport participation and competition, and guidelines must allow for full training and competition to take place.
“We have created this framework to assist in our decision-making process and felt it was necessary to announce our intent to offer regular season competition for our student-athletes, as long as it fits within our guiding principles,” said Masterson. “The safety of our student-athletes will remain at the forefront of our decision-making process.”
The MCAC is made up of five schools throughout Manitoba and return to play is possible because there is no cross-province travel needed.
With the province heading towards phase three of re-opening, the Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University, Canadian Mennonite University, Providence University College and Université de Saint-Boniface have all committed to playing in the 2020 MCAC soccer season.
A formal decision-making timeline and contingency plan will be released later this June.
About the MCAC
The MCAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Manitoba. Its mission is to foster the development of the student-athlete through the administration and promotion of intercollegiate athletics as part of the education experience and provide a leadership role in the development of sport in Manitoba.
MCAC student athletes compete in basketball, futsal, soccer and volleyball. Member institutions include Assiniboine Community College (Brandon), Brandon University (Brandon), Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg), Providence University College (Otterburne) and Université de Sainte-Boniface (Winnipeg).
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