JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Community College has cancelled all fall intercollegiate athletic competition in light of complications from the coronavirus pandemic.
“JCC is cancelling all fall intercollegiate athletics — volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and cross-country — for the fall 2020 semester due to recommended regulations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said George Sisson, athletics and recreation director.
“It was a hard and sad decision to make but we must protect the health and welfare of our student-athletes, staff, and community,” Sisson emphasized, noting that coaches and athletes had been preparing during the off-season for a return to sports.
JCC’s decision was made after all but five of the 21 colleges in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region III had cancelled their fall athletics programs.
“Although the plan to initiate a new cross-country program at our Cattaraugus County Campus is impacted for the fall, we will move ahead with establishing a cross-country team once athletic competitions are restarted,” Sisson noted.
The winter athletics schedule remains under consideration with a decision pending on July 17. JCC’s winter athletics schedule includes men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, and swimming and diving.