FMCC cancels winter sports seasons

Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Javan Johns (2) and Terrell Evans (52) set a pick on Corning’s Sam Kelly as the Raiders’ Matthew Boyle (23) drives toward the hoop during a Jan. 25 game. FMCC announced Tuesday that it was canceling its winter sports seasons. (The Leader-Herald/James. A Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN — After careful thought, consideration, and dialogue, SUNY Community Colleges (27 of 30) members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), of which Fulton-Montgomery Community College is a member, have collectively decided to cancel intercollegiate competition for the 2020-21 indoor sports that are considered “high risk” for COVID-19 exposure and spread of infection.

These sports include men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s bowling.

“The decision made by community colleges is sound and the right decision for our student-athletes. We need to do everything we can to control the spread of the coronavirus and to preserve the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Greg Truckenmiller, Acting President at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, said in a news release. “We look forward to a time when intercollegiate athletics can resume at FM, but for now, this is the best decision we could make.”

NJCAA SUNY Community Colleges will continue planning for what we hope will be the safe resumption of intercollegiate athletics in spring 2021.

Traditional spring sports and several traditional fall sports have been moved to spring, per the NJCAA 2021 Sports Guidelines.

An official announcement on spring sports’ status will be made in January. Detailed sport specific guidelines and protocols are currently in development and Return to Play and Return to Competition Plans will be informed by nationally recognized sport specific agencies along with NYS, CDC, DOH and governing athletic associations.

NJCAA SUNY Community College decisions will continue to be guided by best practice and cautious adherence to health and safety protocols that will safeguard the well-being of our student-athletes, staff, campuses, and communities. The colleges have committed to ongoing collaborative efforts to develop cohesive safety plans to implement on our campuses in support of our student-athletes.

By Paul Wager