Kelsie Shields controls the ball during a Northland College women's soccer game in this file photo.

Following extensive deliberations and meetings of various UMAC governance groups throughout the past three months assessing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Council of Presidents and Chancellors has voted to modify the timing of conference competition and championships for fall sports classified as high-risk by the NCAA Sports Science Institute (SSI) which includes football, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.

Per the directive of the governance group, UMAC leadership will postpone fall competitions and pursue opportunities to provide conference events in the spring of 2021 for Men's and Women's Soccer and Volleyball. The spring schedule could include a conference post-season tournament/championship and other conference activities.

Like Northland, UMAC institutions remain focused on providing meaningful experiences for all student athletes in the fall of 2020, which will include multiple opportunities for practice, small-group training, skill development, strength and conditioning, and leadership programming. Moreover, UMAC schools have been given authority to arrange for non-conference games, if safety and health protocols are maintained and travel follows risk management provisions. As low contact sports, men's and women's golf and cross country will continue to compete this fall, and conference championships will be conducted as scheduled.

Northland College is an NCAA Division III institution located in Ashland, WI. The LumberJacks and LumberJills sponsor 14 varsity sports and compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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