GREENVILLE, S.C. – In consultation with its Presidents and Directors of Athletics, Conference Carolinas has announced it will emphasize conference contests in the 2020-21 academic year and currently does not have any plans to reduce conference contests in 2020-21.
With the announcement by the Division II Presidents Council to reduce the maximum number of permissible contests in 2020-21 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Conference Carolinas institutions will reduce non-conference competition as needed to fit under the new NCAA maximums, but intend to play a complete conference schedule in all sports that hold regular season conference competition.
“We determined very early in this process we would prioritize conference contests, including the conference tournament,” Commissioner Chris Colvin said. “Our goal in Conference Carolinas is always to help our member institutions use intercollegiate athletics to help achieve their overall mission. We believe this approach does exactly that.”
Conference Carolinas will place an added emphasis on its championships and plans to keep championship fields intact for 2020-21 without any reductions.
“As a conference we believe it is important to provide our student-athletes a strong championships experience,” Colvin said. “Our Championships Committee and Directors of Athletics are working hard behind the scenes to enhance this experience and to give our student-athletes something to look forward to in the 2020-21 academic year.”
Conference Carolinas institutions are working daily to create new policies and procedures surrounding campus life, including intercollegiate athletics, that will allow students and student-athletes to return to campus as safely as possible at the appropriate time. The conference will also continue to work to create safety protocols and precautions around intercollegiate athletics participation.
This is Conference Carolinas
Conference Carolinas has a rich tradition in roots that dates back to its inception on Dec. 6, 1930. The NCAA Division II athletics conference presently has member schools located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Conference Carolinas member institutions in the 2020-21 academic year are Barton, Belmont Abbey, Chowan, Converse, Emmanuel, Erskine, King, Lees-McRae, Mount Olive, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan. The league will expand to 13 member institutions in the 2021-22 academic year with the addition of Francis Marion and UNC Pembroke.
Conference Carolinas believes in the development and formation of the whole person in body, mind and soul. Conference Carolinas student-athletes are nationally recognized for their extraordinary success in the classroom, in the community and at the highest levels of NCAA competition.