FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2020
USCSA Announces the Cancellation of the 2021 National Championships
BOSTON, Massachusetts. – The U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) has cancelled the 2021 US Collegiate Ski & Snowboard National Championships. Citing concerns from its membership regarding the safety of attendees and travel restrictions, the USCSA will focus on enabling the regular season and local competitions where conditions permit.
"The entire organization has been working very hard in the off-season to make our 2021 National Championships possible. Unfortunately, the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented too many challenges that prevent us from ensuring the safety and well-being of our members, which is our top priority, and ultimately led to our decision to cancel the event. I want to share our sincere apologies, especially to our Seniors, and I thank everyone for their patience and understanding,” said USCSA President Chris Shumeyko.
This decision was made with input from the USCSA’s COVID-19 Task Force, the National Championships Committee, and the Academic Affairs Committee. The uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to the determination that it would not be safe to host athletes from across the country at a pinnacle event this year. With the cancellation occuring before the start of competition, Conference Coordinators have more flexibility to adjust their regular season schedules to support the needs of their conferences. Standings will still be posted for conference competition for those willing and able to participate.
In tandem to this decision, the Academic Affairs Committee has approved an eligibility waiver for any full-time enrolled student athlete in the 20-21 academic year. Due to the ongoing uncertainty around competition this season, athletes who compete this season will retain a year of eligibility for use in future academic years. Full details on the decision can be found at uscsa.org/waivers.
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