LCC cancels fall sports due to COVID-19
By Maddy Warren
Editor in Chief
Along with budget cuts for the TV and radio stations, LCC recently canceled fall sports for the 2020-21 season.
“It is with a concerned heart and mind that Lansing Community College has made the decision to not compete in athletics for the fall 2020 semester,” LCC Athletic Director Greg Mallek said. “The decision was made by the college after careful consideration for the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches, officials, game personnel and fans.
“We know and understand that this will be emotionally stressful to our student-athletes, coaches and the supporters of all our programs affected.”
LCC will honor all volleyball and cross country scholarships for student-athletes who had their season canceled. Additionally, since athletes will miss out on this season, they will be allowed to play another year if they choose to do so.
“With volleyball and cross country being (completely) canceled for the year, well before the seasons open, they will not be charged a season of competition,” Mallek said. “So this current year’s incoming freshmen can return for the 2021-22 year as freshmen.”
Mallek said the college is working on making plans to safely resume play; starting with men’s and women’s basketball in January 2021. He said the athletic program will move forward from there.
“We are currently working on what the practice schedule will look like leading up to the contests beginning,” Mallek said. “I am chairing a committee within our state and regional association, with other athletic directors and athletic trainers, to develop protocols to address all possible questions and scenarios so we can resume play in the safest atmosphere possible.”
LCC Women’s Basketball Coach Layne Ingram said he is excited about the prospect of having a season next year, even if it means starting later.
“We will still have an opportunity to play our conference games and be conference champions,” Ingram said. “I think that we have to do all that we can to keep our student-athletes, coaches, parents, fans and others safe.”
Ingram said he credits the measures LCC, the MCCAA and the NJCAA have implemented to maintain proper social distancing and safety.
“In terms of how it will look, we will wait until we are able to come together as a team and will begin to prepare,” Ingram said. “If we are allowed back into the gym together, we will follow all guidelines and regulations in order to keep people safe.
“If that means taking temperatures, wiping down equipment, adjusting the way we do some of our drills, we will do it. I will do everything I can to keep our players safe.”
Ingram said he and Mallek will work with the team as much as possible, from a virtual standpoint, to prepare them for when they are allowed to be face to face again.
Mallek said: “As we navigate through these next coming months, we will continue to support our student-athletes as we always have, guiding them to be successful in all aspects of their experience here at Lansing Community College.”