Club sport teams grapple with loss of fall season

Boise State Club Sports will not be competing in fall of 2020. There will not be any home or away competitions, intrasquad scrimmages or games against local teams. Clubs are not allowed to have off-campus events. The university has cited the enhanced risk of COVID-19 in athletic environments. 

Fall varsity sports have also been cancelled at Boise State. The university does plan on hosting some intramural sports leagues and single day events.

Boise State Men’s Hockey finished its 2019-2020 season with a record of 20-15-2. Club Secretary Brandon Benson shared how the team is dealing with the cancellation of club sports.

“We all completely understand the new policies. Nobody wants this virus to do more harm than it already has, so we are all doing our part to keep our community healthy. Of course we want to play, but safety does come first,” Benson said. 

The team is attempting to piece together a workout and practice schedule. They are also in contact with other teams in the The American Collegiate Hockey Association in order to plan a season and discuss health and safety guidelines.

Boise State Men’s Soccer began their spring 2020 season with a 4-0 start before being cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. The team had potential to compete in a showcase tournament in California. 

”We’ve been trying to focus on just keeping the team involved and around as we hope that next spring will be a different story,” said Men’s Soccer Club Vice President Ethan Raygor. “I like to think that the school is trying its best. I hope they are doing everything in their power to keep all of the students and faculty at Boise State safe. I know it’s a hard time and they won’t have all the answers, but we’re trying to make the best of a bad situation. I hope people that were coming to games and supporting the team as well as all of the other members of the community stay safe and know that we are doing our best to get back to playing as soon as possible.”

Boise State Men’s Lacrosse 2020 spring season was cut short after playing seven games. Since the cancellation of the season, the team has been forced to cancel all team events including its youth summer camp. The team is working on submitting a return plan to the school in order to practice and familiarize new players to the team and culture. As of now there is no scheduled season for the team.

“Having to see our seniors receive the news of a canceled season after putting four years of hard work into this program, was heartbreaking. So far, all practices and games have come to a halt. We are following guidelines from Boise State and the CDC to make sure we are doing our part. ” said Marcus Huerta, men’s lacrosse team president.

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