Schools part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference will move forward with conference play in 2021, the conference’s Council of Presidents announced on December 21.

Per the press release all adjustments made are not permanent. HCAC plans to monitor the effects of COVID-19 and will make necessary changes in order to meet all safety and health guidelines.

“We remain optimistic that we will be able to have our student athletes return to play in the coming year in a safe environment,” HCAC Commissioner Jay Jones said in a press release.

The Council of Presidents decided not to allow spectators on or off-campus for any athletic events until February 15 at the latest.

The first game of the season will be at 2 p.m. on Jan. 9 when the Franklin College men’s basketball team will travel to Hanover.

To continue competing during the COVID-19 pandemic safely, Franklin College sports will limit the number of teams they compete with and the number of events they attend.

The 2020-21 NCAA Division III Championship has been canceled for football, cross country, soccer and volleyball.

The decisions on non-conference play have not been made yet for women’s lacrosse, softball and tennis.

Volleyball, both soccer teams, football and baseball will all compete only with other teams in the HCAC.

Both men’s and women’s golf will have the HCAC Championship in late April at the Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course in Harrison, Ohio.

Men’s and women’s track and field will have Indoor HCAC Championship at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in late February. The Outdoor HCAC Championship will also be at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in late April.

Soccer and football plan to have a tournament in which each competitor plays in turn against every other.

There will be a link on franklingrizzlies.com for the live stream of all games.

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