The California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) has just made the decision this evening to suspend all athletic competition and contests for the remainder of Spring. This means that effective immediately, all East Los Angeles College teams will cease to continue with their current game, event and practice schedules. This decision was made due to the growing threat of the COVID-19 Coronavirus that has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
The sports world in general has quickly moved to suspend or cancel contests all over in an overall effort to limit public exposure to the virus and to protect athletes from infection as much as possible. On our level, this movement has happened quickly as well: as of this past Tuesday morning, we were finalizing hotel plans for school officials that had planned to attend the CCCAA Basketball championships that was scheduled in Lemoore this weekend. But early that afternoon, we began to hear word that attendance in Lemoore would be restricted to just the participating teams, coaches, and trainers. No fans, no students, no school officials. This decision was confirmed later that day via a release on the CCCAA site.
We were initially disappointed to not be able to join our men's basketball team to support them on their championship quest, but still the same, we saw them off this morning at 9am on their charter bus to Lemoore.
They only made it halfway before having to turn around...
At around 11:15am today, we received word that the State championship was cancelled. And soonafter, we began to hear whispers that all CCCAA-sanctioned Spring sporting events would soon be affected. Some time after 7pm tonight we received word via an email from Keith Curry, President of the CCCAA Executive Board, that the CCCAA Board of Directors "...voted to postpone indefinitely, practices outside of regularly scheduled classes, and competition for all spring sports and those sports in their nontraditional seasons".
We will post the official CCCAA release on this decision once it becomes public.
Stay safe, #HuskiesLife
UPDATE: As of 8:39pm this evening, CCCAA has released a statement on the postponement of Spring sports.