Freeland, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) President's Council voted unanimously to postpone all conference sponsored athletic events until January 2021 as announced by the conference on Wednesday.
The delay in competition will grant institutions, staff, and students additional time to adjust to new safety protocols on campus in the COVID-19 era while also allowing for continued testing and treatment developments, which remain a key factor for the return of athletics across the nation.
The Presidents' Council also approved a plan for fall sports to be played in the spring semester. It was agreed by the Presidents' Council to preserve the season of eligibility of our fall student-athletes, while still providing them with a schedule that would determine an MIAA Champion and a season-ending tournament in men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, men's golf, and women's golf; with no tournament for football. Cross country will not have a championship event since there is not adequate training time and conditions to prepare those student-athletes for a championship event between indoor and outdoor track and field. Those institutions with only cross country will be allowed to compete in the MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
"Alma College and the MIAA will continue to do what is best for the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff," said Alma College Director of Athletics Sarah Dehring. "As always, we will work together to provide the best opportunity for our student-athletes to compete for championships!"
The updated fall sports schedule format is as follows:
The conference will play a five-game spring season that will begin the weekend of March 20. The final games are scheduled to be played the weekend of April 17.
The conference will play eight games with a single round, plus one non-counting game that will start the season. Play is planned to begin the week of March 22. The season will conclude with an eight-team flighted tournament the week of April 12.
The conference schedule will be a nine-game round robin format to begin the week of March 22. The season will conclude with a nine-team flighted tournament with a play-in game between the eighth and ninth seeded teams. The tournament will be played the week of April 12.
The conference will play an eight-match round robin format with play beginning as early as March 8. The season will be completed no later than the week of April 12 with an eight-team consolations style tournament.
Men's and Women's Golf
The conference schedule has eliminated the three-round Automatic Qualifier tournament. Instead there will be eight rounds of golf hosted by eight of the conference member's home courses to determine both the MIAA Champion and the team that will receive the Automatic Qualifier for the NCAA National Championship Tournament in the spring.
All spring schedule plans for the fall sports are subject to changes. Every effort will be made to ensure a competitive experience for all MIAA student-athletes.