RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Once again, COVID-19 is making college basketball a challenge in the CIAA.
The virus isn’t shutting things down like it did last season, but due to the rapid rise in cases and positivity rates across the country, schools have put in place some rules to keep athletes safer so they can continue playing games.
Saint Augustine University does not have a spectator policy at home basketball matches for men and women. AKA, no fans are allowed in Emery Gymnasium for basketball games until further notice.
The only people allowed in are participating players, coaches, officials, administrative staff, match day staff and essential personnel.
Down in Fayetteville, the Broncos also enforced a spectator ban at Capel Arena. Only necessary personnel are allowed.
At Shaw University, the school admits the first 100 current students with a valid ID card, as well as matchday staff, into CC Spaulding Gymnasium. In addition, each player may also have two guests.
These decisions are made for the health, safety and well-being of the students, student-athletes, coaches, campus community and visitors. Each of these schools tells us that this policy is subject to change as they continue to monitor the situation.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get enough of CIAA basketball action. Anyone can watch all matches via live video on the CIAA Sports Network.
In addition, the CIAA still plans to hold its conference tournament in Baltimore, Maryland next month. To keep everyone as safe as possible, they have drawn up the following guidelines:
- Patrons at the CIAA Basketball Tournament are REQUIRED to wear face coverings for all games at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Vaccinations are recommended, but not required.
- Those attending official additional events during CIAA Tournament Week are REQUIRED to wear face coverings. Certain private (invitation only) events require proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID-19 test result.
The 2022 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Royal Farms Arena from February 22 to 26.