SLIAC Decides Fate of Fall 2020 Athletics for Iowa Wesleyan

By Iowa Wesleyan

Mt. Pleasant, IA - July 28, 2020 - The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) announced this afternoon that fall 2020 men's and women's soccer and volleyball would be postponed to the spring 2021 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made after much deliberation and discussion by the President's Council of the SLIAC.

Men's and women's golf and cross country teams will continue to compete in the fall of 2020, but with limited competitions. These teams will also be required to follow all local, state, and national health organizations' directives.

Specific details on rescheduled seasons, contests, and championships will be discussed by the SLIAC and announced at a later date. The schedules for men's and women's basketball and men's and women's wrestling will remain unchanged as of now but will continue to be evaluated as each program approaches their respective start dates.

No final decision has been made by the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) at this time regarding the football season. Weekly meetings will continue to be conducted to ensure the student-athletes' health and safety are at the forefront of all decision making.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council has adopted waivers for the 2020-21 academic year to assist our student-athletes in these trying times. The first waiver states, "student-athletes will not use a year of eligibility should a student only compete in 50% or less of the maximum allowable contests". The second waiver adopted states the NCAA DIII will provide "flexibility on playing and practice seasons that allow a more extensive off-season training opportunity."

Traditionally, DIII student-athletes are only allowed 16 practice days for off-season training. With the second waiver stated above, all of our programs will be provided the flexibility to go above and beyond the 16 day limit in the fall semester. Our student-athletes will not only be able to focus more on their academics in the fall, but will also be given the opportunity to build critical relationships with their teammates and coaches while creating the ideal culture for their respective program(s).