Courtesy: Western Water Polo Association
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) announced the postponement of the 2020 men’s water polo season through January 1 following a meeting of its Executive Committee Thursday. The postponement is due to the health and safety of our student-athletes and coaches, and to the uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the country.
“The health and welfare of the student-athletes who compete in the WWPA were paramount in the decision to postpone competition this fall,” said WWPA Commissioner Steve Doten. “While this decision was very difficult for our institutions to make, we understand the impacts and will continue to work and plan for a safe environment for our student-athletes to return to competition as soon as it is feasible.”
The 2021 WWPA women’s water polo season is not impacted by the decision at this time.
Discussions will be ongoing relative to competition capabilities, scheduling options and timelines based on guidance the WWPA membership receives from various constituencies.
The NCAA announced Thursday it will not hold Division I fall championships in 2020 – which includes men’s water polo. NCAA President Mark Emmert indicated the NCAA is looking into holding fall sports championships in the winter or spring.