COVID-19 considerations have forced Salem Community College to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball seasons.
“The first priority of Salem Community College is the safety and well-being of its student-athletes and staff,” said President Dr. Michael R. Gorman. “With that in mind, the College has made the difficult decision to not compete in men's and women’s basketball during the winter 2021 season. The decision was made as the result of conversations with College administration, and athletic department administration and coaches.”
Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Bunnell said that "while we are disappointed that we cannot permit our basketball student-athletes to compete, we believe that this decision is in their best interest. We are planning for limited practice opportunities in the spring semester with a return to the court in the fall."
The NCAA Sport Science Institute has categorized basketball as one of the high-risk transmission sports for COVID-19 with an additional risk due to their indoor setting. Salem is among a large number of colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region that have made similar decisions for their indoor sports, in the interest of safety for their student-athletes, staff and campus communities.
SCC will continue to evaluate its plan for the Mighty Oaks to compete in outdoor sports during the spring semester, including baseball, men's soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country. These outdoor sports are classified as being much less likely to present high-risk transmission threats.