UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has made the difficult decision to cancel conference play, including conference championships, for the upcoming winter season. Penn State Harrisburg athletic programs impacted by the decision include men's and women's basketball. The NEAC Presidents' Council unanimously agreed that due to the current rise in COVID-19 cases, expanding community restrictions, challenges that exist around access to testing, affordable testing, and turnaround time for results, it is in the best interest of student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans to cancel all winter conference competition. A decision on spring sports competition will be made at a later date.
Individual institutions within the NEAC can make decisions regarding non-conference competition for the winter sports season and Penn State will continue to explore internal options to provide competitive opportunities for those winter sports programs.
Athletics training opportunities and practices for enrolled student-athletes will be permitted, provided they are structured in accordance with each campus' procedures and applicable state and local regulations. In October 2020, the NCAA President's Council approved two blanket waivers that affect student-athlete eligibility. All student-athletes (fall, winter, spring) will not be charged the use of a season of participation for any participation that occurs during the 2020-21 academic year; and, student-athletes eligible for competition would receive an extension of their 10-semester/15-quarter enrollment limit for each semester/quarter used during the 2020-21 academic year.
While these decisions come with great disappointment and frustration, Penn State's campuses have made a commitment to the safety and lasting health of our student-athletes and the communities within which they reside.
As additional updates become available regarding national governing body, conference, and University rules and regulations as they pertain to the pandemic, the OSVPCC will share that information with Penn State's Commonwealth Campus community.