EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM) – The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many uncertainties surrounding the upcoming athletics season. While there are still countless variables, there is some news out of the College of the Redwoods Athletics Program.
CR Athletics Director Bob Brown said eligibility has been waived for student-athletes.
“So that was welcome news,” Brown said. “Certainly to our student-athletes in the sense that if we do have competition, they don’t necessarily have to make that decision whether or not it is full seasons, or half seasons, or part seasons, or no post season, that they are going to lose a year of eligibility.”
College of the Redwoods determined that if there is a season, the program will stick to the original plan. Fall sports will run from February to April and spring sports will take place from April to June.
When it comes to tracking COVID-19 cases, contact sports require more testing. That means those sports will cost more than low contact sports. Each institution will have to evaluate the situation and determine whether resuming sports will be financially feasible. A date will be established in the future where teams can opt in or out.
“I’m feeling good about how we are handling it as an institution,” Brown said. “I certainly feel good about the support we have been provided by our administration through this. They obviously know it is an influx situation and it is changing all the time. Our president has been in regular communication with me and up front. We are going to find out the cost and see how things will work. He has remained committed to the athletic program so that’s been a real positive.”