Abbotsford’s Columbia Bible College Bearcats volleyball and basketball teams will not suit up until 2021 at the earliest. (File photo)

Abbotsford’s Columbia Bible College Bearcats not returning in the fall

Pacwest announces cancellation of all fall sports, meaning local athletes have to wait till 2021

The Columbia Bible College Bearcats will not be returning to the court in 2020.

The Pacwest, the league in which the Bearcats compete in basketball and volleyball, announced on Friday that league competition in men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, volleyball and golf has been cancelled for the fall.

League officials stated that they hope to restart play in January 2021 with a modified schedule.

“We looked at a number of different scenarios for fall competition keeping in mind the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and officials. Ultimately the decision came down to our guiding principle of keeping everyone safe,” stated Pacwest president Jake McCallum.

Volleyball usually begins in mid-October, with basketball getting underway in late-October or early-November.

The news comes off Canada West’s announcement to cancel all fall sports earlier this month.

RELATED: Canada West cancels fall sports due to COVID-19

Nationally the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association announced earlier this month the cancellation of the four 2020 fall National Championships. Along with that announcement the CCAA also said “Because CCAA Championships will not be offered for fall sports, these student-athletes will not consume a year of eligibility for the 2020-21 season.”

As a Conference, member institutions have the ability to decide how and when they will return to sport participation based on institutional, municipal and provincial recommendations and guidelines.

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