OUA Cancels Fall Sports: What it means for RMC

Article by Peter Reimer, Sports Information and Promotion Coordinator, Royal Military College of Canada

Kingston, Ont. (June 8, 2020) – On Monday, the OUA, in conjunction with U SPORTS, announced that all league-sanctioned play, including championships, scheduled for the fall of 2020 would be cancelled. Additionally, winter sports, including hockey and volleyball, whose regular seasons usually kickoff in the fall, will not commence before 1 January 2021.

“It’s unfortunate but understandable that we won’t be playing sports this fall,” RMC Director of Athletics Darren Cates said. “But this is the right decision, given the circumstances, as the health and safety of our student-athletes must come first.”

Paladins women’s and men’s soccer programs, as well as the men’s rugby team, will not compete this fall as a result of the OUA’s decision. RMC’s remaining varsity programs will also have their seasons affected, as fencing, women’s and men’s volleyball, and hockey will not be able to compete until the new year, at the earliest.

“Unprecedented times require unprecedented action, which is what led us to this difficult decision,” Chair of the OUA Board of Directors Dr. Mike DeGagné said. “The health of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, and fans is our number one priority, and after significant consultation, we believe that OUA sport cannot be delivered prior to December 31st.”

While the OUA has not yet made a final decision on the fate of university athletics into the winter term, its Sport Committee is putting contingency plans together for condensed seasons with a number of potential start dates in 2021. The conference has not ruled out the possibility of fall sports being played in some form next spring, either.

For more details, read the complete statements from the league offices:

OUA – https://oua.ca/general/2019-20/releases/x-9gciq

U SPORTS – https://usports.ca/en/news/2020/06/4079288233/u-sports-cancels-2020-fall-championships-due-to-covid-19

RMC Competitive and Recreation Clubs will likewise be unable to compete this fall, regardless of whether or not they participate in OUA-sanctioned activities.