Fall 2020 Athletics
Fall Athletics Delayed to Spring 2021
The American Southwest Conference (ASC) and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) announced conference teams in football, cross country, soccer, and volleyball will not compete in the fall and instead will conduct conditioning and strength training as conditions allow. TLU competes in the ASC for football and the SCAC for its remaining 17 athletic teams.
ASC Announcement - July 24
The American Southwest Conference Council of Presidents announced to delay conference-scheduled competition and championship events for fall championship sports with anticipation of resuming ASC competition and tournaments in spring 2021. The delay includes the fall sports of cross country, football, soccer and volleyball.
Action by the Council of Presidents to delay the ASC fall championship sports seasons does not preclude individual institutions from engaging in athletics-related activities, including non-conference competition, conducted in accordance with Division III legislation as well as institution, local, state and federal public health guidelines.
The decision by the presidents was made after evaluation of Division III legislative waivers and Association-wide actions; consideration of conference scheduling options for fall sports; and review of current public health guidelines.
The American Southwest Conference membership anticipates approval of NCAA Division III playing and practice season waivers allowing greater opportunity for students in all sports to have a broad athletics experience throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Under the waiver, each campus would have flexibility in conducting individual and team skill instruction, strength and conditioning, and practices along with the prospect for enhanced academic and personal development, and other athletically related activities as health and safety conditions allow.
SCAC Announcement - July 16
The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Presidents Council announced that intercollegiate competition will not occur during the Fall 2020 season due to health and safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The group unanimously agreed that conference teams in the sports of cross country, soccer and volleyball will not engage in competition (conference or non-conference) during the fall season. Teams will be encouraged, as health and safety conditions allow, to conduct conditioning, strength training and other practice opportunities during the fall semester. This includes sports such as golf and tennis that utilize the fall for non-traditional activities.
The conference is committed to exploring meaningful competitive experiences for all fall sport student-athletes, including the possibility of conducting fall sport competition and championships during the spring semester.
"After putting together a COVID-19 Task Force made up of administrators from each member institution, we thought we had landed on a reasonable plan for resocialization that would have allowed for measured increases of athletic activities upon the arrival of our student-athletes coming out of summer break," said SCAC Commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. "However, with recent spikes in cases, especially within our footprint, the decision to discontinue sports during the Fall semester and allow our campuses to focus on the health and safety of all students within a structured environment became the logical outcome."
Decisions related to winter and spring sport competition will be made at a later date.