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EIWA Statement Regarding the 2020-21 Wrestling Season

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Villas, NJ, August 13 -- The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association is a wrestling-only association whose member schools are all affiliated with other conferences.  As such, our member teams may be subject to restrictions imposed by their parent conferences and home states with respect to athletic practice and competition during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The Conference is planning an EIWA-centric schedule designed to maximize the number of bouts for our wrestlers.  There are currently eight weekends between the new year and the final weekend of the regular season.  Dual meets will be the priority although a series of limited tournaments to offer competition may be explored.  All activities are subject to the prime concern of ensuring the health and safety of our wrestlers, staffs, and campuses.

 

We intend to proceed with the understanding that:

 

- Practice during the fall semester is permitted

 

- Recommended competition will begin no sooner than 1/1/2021

 

- Some potential opponents may not be able to compete at times

 

- Current preliminary schedules are not going to be possible

 

- Non-conference matches are permitted but will by necessity be minimal and might be limited to regional opponents

 

- The EIWA Championship tournament will take place as scheduled, at Cornell University on the weekend of March 5-7

 

- All plans are subject to change

 

The membership has agreed to meet frequently for the foreseeable future to exchange information and adjust our approach as needed.

 

Edited by jdalu75
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Yeah .... my thinking on that is that if we plan for a season, there's a chance there'll be a season.  Won't be as big or far-reaching as usual and some teams may not participate, but there's a chance.  If we don't plan for it then there's almost no chance that there'll be a season.  Right now no one has told us that there won't be a season; that's a good thing, so build on it.

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Pac 12 has followed suit with winter sports beginning after Jan 1 - tentatively of course.

If you haven't figured it out by now it will be based on the likelihood of a school and/or conference getting sued, what will be accepted from a societal standpoint of fear and lastly what the real/accurate COVID numbers reflect. Any attempts to even predict a date is a waste of time. 

https://news.theopenmat.com/college-wrestling-news/pac-12-suspends-competition-through-end-of-2020/78700

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16 hours ago, Henry said:

So the student athletes will be safer competing on January 1st vs 5 weeks prior? 

It may, or it may not be safer - but at least they will get past the Fall semester, and be able to step back and evaluate how well precautions put in place have been working.

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17 hours ago, Henry said:

So the student athletes will be safer competing on January 1st vs 5 weeks prior? 

 

1 hour ago, red blades said:

It may, or it may not be safer - but at least they will get past the Fall semester, and be able to step back and evaluate how well precautions put in place have been working.

Plus, I think part of the strategy could be similar to how some schools are doing their academic years by starting and ending early thus reducing the amount of transitions from home to school.

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On 8/13/2020 at 12:04 AM, RichB said:

Normal Norms favorite. Movie. The professor stranded on an island without Gilligan (and Ginger and MAry Ann 

What a terrible prospect! Trapped on a tropical island with no TV and two hot girls. How should he spend the time???

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On 8/12/2020 at 3:46 PM, klehner said:

50/50:  either it happens or it doesn't.

You are the type of guy I like to bet with.  I'm willing to bet $1k on the sun coming up in the morning, 50/50 odds how much are you willing to bet it doesn't?  ;)

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On 8/13/2020 at 9:51 PM, Henry said:

So the student athletes will be safer competing on January 1st vs 5 weeks prior? 

No. It's a question of how long it takes for everyone to chill the f out and realize this is the new normal. Jan. 1 is optimistic.

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