The Empire 8 has a tentative start date of March 1 for its conference basketball season, the league announced Tuesday as a decision was made to resume conference athletic competition for winter sports.
According to a press release, the Empire 8’s Presidents’ Council met Monday and reached a unanimous agreement to resume athletic competition. The decision impacts men’s and women’s basketball, indoor track and field and swimming and diving.
The release reads, “The safety and well-being of its student-athletes and campus communities remains the primary goal of the Empire 8. As such, these plans are contingent upon federal, state and local health guidance and the status of all contests will be subject to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The council approved March 1 as the tentative start date for the conference basketball schedule. Dates for the indoor track and field and swimming and diving championships have not been finalized.
According to the release, “The league continues to support the NCAA Guidelines for the Resocialization of Sport and developed a detailed Pandemic Protocol Handbook. These plans include a rigorous testing strategy as well as protocols for travel and meals to ensure health and safety of all participants.”