The college season for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is finally set to begin.
The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Council of Chancellors voted Friday to resume winter sports competition in February contingent upon the securing COVID-19 testing.
The plan requires all WIAC institutions to secure testing for student-athletes, support staff and game officials in order to provide safe competition environments — which could continuously need adjusting.
Beginning play will be Men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, men’s and women’s hockey, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s swimming & diving.
“WIAC leadership, athletic directors, coaches and Chancellors throughout the conference are committed to safety and the preservation of student-athletes’ experiences,” UW-Oshkosh Chancellor and Council of Chancellors President Andy Leavitt said. “We have more work to do. However, I appreciate the collaborative spirit and the determination we share as we move toward the launch of a winter sports season.”
Teams will play a WIAC-only schedule, beginning Feb. 1.
All contests will be conducted in accordance with NCAA Division III regulations, as well as institutional, state and local health and safety guidelines.