Volleyball, hoops moving to spring
By Julie Newell
Over the summer, LCC made the decision to mainly have variations of online classes for fall 2020 semester. Around the same time, LCC also decided to cancel fall sports.
“The original decision was made by the college, with the budget passing in June, to cancel fall sports,” LCC Athletic Director Gregory Mallek said. “Then a few weeks later, the NJCAA actually made the decision to move all fall sports, except cross country … to the spring semester.”
This means LCC’s volleyball team, and the men’s and women’s basketball teams, will play their seasons starting in January of 2021. LCC officials also decided to cancel the cross country season for 2020.
The NJCAA has allowed practices to happen during the fall, but for safety reasons, LCC officials have decided against having practices in fall semester.
The NJCAA has limited the amount of games to be played for fall sports in the spring. Volleyball will now have a maximum of 21 games and basketball will now have a maximum of 22 games.
Fall sports being moved to the spring causes some issues with gymnasium availability, Mallek said.
“We were able to merge volleyball and basketball schedules together and have games on Tuesdays and Fridays,” Mallek said. “So what that means is, if Lansing Community College men’s and women’s basketball is traveling to Kellogg (CC) on a Tuesday, Kellogg’s volleyball team is traveling to Lansing on that same Tuesday.”
According to the NJCAA, practices for both basketball and volleyball will begin Jan. 4, 2021. Competitions will begin Jan. 20 for basketball, and Jan. 22 for volleyball.
Safety protocols will be in place with accordance to executive orders and the CDC guidelines.
“We have protocols in place, the college has protocols in place with the daily screening availability, and then we have developed protocols,” Mallek said.
Among those protocols for the volleyball and basketball seasons, there will be no spectators allowed at any home events. Instead, LCC will be live streaming every home game for fans to watch at home for free.
For student athletes who received scholarships last spring, and for those who received them for this fall semester, all will be honored, Mallek said.
“Student athletes are still receiving their scholarships for the fall, just like they would in a normal year,” Mallek said.
For more information about the plan for fall sports visit njcaa.org/covid19