Moncton – On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association announced the cancellation of the first semester sports for the 2020-2021 season in order to ensure the health and safety of its member institutions' student athletes. Made up of 10 schools across the Atlantic Provinces, the ACAA made the decision as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which would have made participation in competitive sports too great of a risk to athletes, coaches, staff, and spectators.
In response to the decision, Crandall University has committed to supporting its student athletes through the closure. Starting with the University's plan to offer on-campus, in-person classes as much as possible (with virtual options being available where necessary in order to maintain public health guidelines), Chargers Athletics began working out a way to provide athletic programming without league competition.
"We have come up with a plan that we believe will allow our athletes to grow and learn," said Jim Druart, Crandall's Director of Athletics and Recreation. "It will allow them to work with their coaches on developing their skills and techniques in ways that otherwise may not have been possible over the course of a normal season."
Athletes will spend the fall semester in an augmented training regimen, working with coaches, trainers, and expert consultants to improve not only their sport-specific abilities, but also their overall physical and mental health, their leadership skills, and their connection to the community. Athletic scholarships will also continue to be honoured for those who are eligible.
"We know that this will be an unusual year," said Druart, "but we are excited to have our athletes back on campus and look forward to the opportunities for growth and development that have been afforded to us in this difficult time."
A final decision will be made this fall on the winter semester, which could offer an abbreviated season for Basketball and Volleyball.