The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) has suspended all of its NCAA competition for the fall semester of 2020. The announcement comes in lock-step with an announcement by the chancellor of the California State University campus that campuses will remain closed with most instruction moved online through the fall semester.
While the CCAA does not sponsor football, the suspension of athletics comes amid national concerns about what will happen to Olympic sports if schools lose the revenue generated by the football season.
While swimming & diving is not sponsored by the CCAA, the release says that “CCAA member institutions have determined that NCAA sport competition will not occur during the fall of 2021,” extending the order to CCAA member institutions that compete in other sports in other conferences.
“The statement continues to say that “CCAA member institutions will continue to advocate strongly to maintain NCAA championship opportunities for all of our student-athletes, including our fall sports, during the 2020-21 academic year and recommend competition resume when it is safe and appropriate to do so for all of its members.”
The CCAA, an NCAA Division II conference, includes 12 members of the California State University system plus UC San Diego from the University of California system. UC San Diego, which is transitioning to Division I of the NCAA and the Big West Conference next season, and Cal State East Bay (men and women) are the only swimming programs in the conference. Cal State East Bay announced on its website that the fall semester of intercollegiate athletics has been suspended at Cal State East Bay.
Both orders specifically relate to competition.
While the swimming & diving season crosses over to competition in the spring semester, a handful of sports have their championships in the fall. For Cal State East Bay, that includes men’s & women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.
Cal State East Bay competes in the PCSC, where they won last year’s women’s conference championship. Cal State East Bay coach Shane Pelton told SwimSwam on Tuesday, shortly after the news broke, that he still didn’t have much information about what this meant for his team’s season beyond what was public.
The Mountain West Conference, which has 3 members that are part of the California State University system, released a statement as well.
“Certainly, all conversations are led by academics, as well as public health and safety. Within that framework, more determinations are necessary. All three institutions will work closely with the Mountain West. No decisions on athletics have been made.”
Mountain West Response to California State University Systems Fall 2020 Operational Plans pic.twitter.com/q7gSmd4jfN
— Mountain West (@MountainWest) May 13, 2020