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Pfeiffer basketball teams to play in spring semester

Note: The following is a press release from the USA South Athletic Conference issued recently and posted Friday on the Pfeiffer University athletic website.

The Presidents of the USA South Athletic Conference have voted unanimously to approve the conduction of men’s and women’s basketball, along with the previously postponed fall sports, within the spring semester. This decision was made while still maintaining a focus on the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and athletics staffs.

Recent adjustments to NCAA resocialization guidelines as well as the accessibility of testing materials have assisted the leadership of the USA South’s ability to endorse a plan to resume collegiate athletics within the Conference. The USA South will continue to monitor the landscape created by the pandemic and make any adjustments needed.

“Given the ongoing nature of this pandemic, the members of the USA South continue to develop strategies to provide a safe and coordinated landscape in which to conduct intercollegiate athletics,” said Dr. Tom Hart, USA South commissioner.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball competition, including post-season tournaments, will occur between the dates of Jan. 14 and March 6. Teams will play opponents within their division only in a double-round robin format with the exception of those in the women’s west division who will play a hybrid system. Currently, the NCAA intends to conduct championships within the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, therefore the USA South champions will receive an automatic bid to those events. Full schedules will be uploaded to each respective sport page on USASouth.net soon.

The fall sports, now to take place during the spring semester months, will begin play in mid-February and conclude in mid-April. While the NCAA previously cancelled championship events for fall sports, the USA South will still crown divisional champions in Men’s and Women’s Soccer along with Volleyball. These three sports will compete via an intra-divisional, single-round robin format, culminating with post-season divisional tournaments. Football will have four regular season divisional games (three of which will count within the standings) with divisional champions meeting for the Conference title on March 20. Additional games will be scheduled for those teams not qualifying for the USA South football championship game. Finally, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country will feature divisional championships to take place on Feb. 26 for the West Division and Feb. 27 for the East Division. Full schedules will be uploaded to each respective sport page on USASouth.net soon.

There are currently no changes to the conduction of the USA South spring sports seasons.