The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), upon direction and feedback from member conferences, has made the difficult decision to cancel all winter CCAA Championships due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was made in response to the sport restrictions that are in place across the country, the variety of provincial health restrictions CCAA hosts were facing and the limitations effecting travel of teams across the country.
“One of our guiding principles during the pandemic has been the safety of our student-athletes and our decision to cancel the winter championships was made with this in mind,” said Vince Amato, CCAA President. “We know that the disappointment is being felt by everyone in the CCAA right now, but without an indication of the situation greatly improving, we feel that our decision, while not an easy one, is the right one.”
Sports affected by this decision include: Badminton, Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball. Last month, the 2021 CCAA/Curling Canada Championship was cancelled and in June, the CCAA announced the cancellation of its four Fall National Championships, which included Golf, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Cross-Country Running.
“The CCAA has been in collaboration with its member conferences and hosts since the onset of COVID-19, and while National Championships have been suspended for the 2020-21 season, the CCAA and its member institutions will continue to engage our student-athletes, coaches and administrators in education, hybrid contests and community support,” said Sandra Murray-MacDonell, CCAA Chief Executive Officer.
The CCAA would like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts put forward by our 2020-21 hosts in anticipation of hosting this season, with the hope that they will be willing to host in the near future.
The CCAA comprises of 98 member institutions which compete in six conferences. Member conferences include the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST), Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) and Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) as well as probationary member Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC).
The CCAA is committed to enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes by providing leadership, programs and services that foster development through high-level competitive opportunities in intercollegiate sport. CCAA student-athletes compete in seven sports at 10 CCAA Championships.