The St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) Cyclones are holding off on the winter season for men’s and women’s basketball but are poised to resume athletics with the spring 2021 softball and baseball seasons.
The Minnesota Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) announced that its member college athletics programs could resume with the winter season, but it was left to the discretion of each campus to make the final decision.
SCTCC’s decision to cancel the basketball seasons was based on a variety of considerations and driven by a concern for the health and safety of students and our community; basketball is a close-contact sport played indoors, which increases the risk of infection of COVID-19.
The college has and continues to work with student athletes to make sure they are on the best path for them in athletics as well as academics. Cyclones Athletics is an integral part of the college, and its teams consistently rank highly in national polls and win at regional and national levels.
Cyclones baseball and softball are currently slated to start in March, and the athletics programs are taking appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students in the two spring season sports at SCTCC are excited to get back on the field.
“This was a difficult decision to make because we know how dedicated and motivated our student athletes are, both in athletics and in their academic studies,” said SCTCC President Annesa Cheek. “Cyclones athletics is a vibrant part of the student experience here at SCTCC; this decision ensures that our students’ health and safety is paramount.”
SCTCC has five sports: baseball, men’s & women’s basketball, softball and volleyball. The SCTCC Cyclones are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association in addition to MCAC.