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Eleven Fresno City College sports teams that normally play in the fall will not compete this athletic season, Fresno City College President Dr. Carole Goldsmith announced today. The fall sports that have been newly designated as Spring 1 by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) during the pandemic are football, wrestling, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, women's water polo, women's golf, women's volleyball, and men's and women's cross country. These teams normally play in the fall and winter.
"Out of an abundance of caution and care for our community, Fresno City College will be opting out of competition for the Spring 1 sports," said Dr. Goldsmith. "This was a difficult decision to make but after much collaboration with coaches, athletic trainers and staff as well as input from public health sources, we decided this was the best option for our students, staff, and community. Health and safety was the most important factor in our decision making."
Athletic Director Derrick Johnson says that the FCC coaching staff and athletic trainers are still planning on holding classes and in-person conditioning as the state and county allow.
“As we begin to slowly phase back in athletics to the college, ultimately getting back to competition, it’s our hope that California will see greater containment of the virus so that its safer. Right now, protecting Ram Nation is about protecting ourselves, protecting each other and protecting our student athletes,” said Johnson.
The deadline to decide whether the "Spring 2" sports will be played is late February 2021. The tentative Spring 2 competitive season is March 27 through June 23. The college remains hopeful that late Spring 2 sports will be offered. These include badminton, softball, baseball, women’s beach volleyball, women’s swim and dive, men’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis and track & field.
“We remain hopeful that our community health indicators, including ICU bed availability, will improve so that we will be able to provide an athletic season of competitive play for our students” added Dr. Goldsmith. “We have to do our part to keep everyone safe.”