Saint Leo University’s member athletic conference — the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) — announced it has postponed all scheduled competitions in the fall sports season, due to COVID-19.
The decision, made by the SSC Presidents Council, affects men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s cross-country, women’s cross-country, and women’s volleyball.
It also affects any fall schedules for the spring sports of men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf, baseball, softball, and women’s rowing.
A news release says another decision will be made no later than Oct. 1 regarding whether the winter sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s swimming, and women’s swimming can compete in the fall 2020 semester.
As of now, the conference is planning to conduct competition for the fall sports and the spring sports in the spring 2021 semester.
During postponement of competition, student-athletes will be able to do conditioning, strength training, and have other practice opportunities in all sports during the fall 2020 semester — as long as health and safety conditions allow such activities.
Saint Leo is one of 11 member institutions in the NCAA Division II Florida-based conference. Other Tampa Bay area schools in the SSC include Eckerd College (St. Petersburg), Florida Southern College (Lakeland) and the University of Tampa.