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Coast Guard Academy to proceed with spring sports season

Coast Guard Academy will have a spring sports season after the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference's Presidents Council announced Monday an outline path forward to stage its first full season since COVID-19 silenced intercollegiate sports.

The NEWMAC has proposed a conference-only schedule, including postseason events in baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's track and field. 

Spectators will not be allowed.

"On behalf of our cadet-athletes and coaches I am thrilled to announce that Coast Guard Academy will be competing in NEWWMAC spring sports," athletic director Dan Rose said in a Monday morning release. "All of our students, faculty and staff have worked diligently to prepare for this moment while observing the strictest health and safety precautions.

"Athletic competition is a key component to leader development and we are beyond excited to see the return of spring sports following a year-long hiatus. We are especially happy for our senior cadet-athletes who will get to experience one more season of competition before heading off to service in the operational Coast Guard."

In a statement released from NEWMAC headquarters in Westwood, Mass., conference presidents said, "As part of this decision, the conference will require ongoing testing, universal masking and other modifications to game management standards as part of its health and safety protocols for student-athletes, coaches, officials and game personnel at institutions choosing to participate this spring. These additional precautions exceed the current NCAA guidance for spring sports.

"The Presidents Council also recognizes the complexity of the decision to compete and agree that each member has the autonomy to determine whether or not to participate in the 2021 spring season based on unique institutional considerations. The Conference supports the decision of each member school to opt out of play altogether or as the season progresses."

The NEWMAC and its members will monitor state and local guidance regarding COVID-19, adding "decisions related to all athletics schedules will be subject to the realities of the pandemic as the spring season approaches and after it commences."

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