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    https://sportsnaut.com/2020/07/natio...d-19-pandemic/

    I have been noticing too that many countries doing much better with effective national strategies are back to playing sports. It's not looking real promising here and every single GNAC state has a growing epidemic right now, not a shrinking one (https://rt.live/). I think for fall sports, athletes would normally plan on being on campus for training within a month. To change our trajectory within that month would take action right now. What are your communities doing and is it working? I am guessing we will here something from the NCAA or the GNAC, if not individual universities soon. I'm just wondering if anyone else has thoughts or remarks on what you see as working or not working to get us closer to sports.

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    Idaho is spiking because they brought things back open too early. The governor is actually moved some parts of the state, including Boise, back a stage. The nut jobs don't like it and burned masks in front of the Capitol, but they need to do this to reduce the amount of spread. Ida was one of the top states in the country right now in spreading the virus.

    I recently talked to some people at Western Oregon and they're very concerned that not having a football season could really hurt but they would understand why they would not have it. Also, the Canadian border is currently closed and then when they open it you have to quarantine for 14 days before going up there. I don't see how Simon Fraser has a football season this fall, and like I've said in the past, even though I love having them in the GNAC, they are best served by playing Canadian College athletics. every football player and every athlete has to have a passport just to go compete up there.

    Our country just isn't tough enough and strong enough to put on masks and practice social distancing and alter their lives for a little while. We should be getting out of this by the end of August that we are not because we're not tough enough.

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      Anchorage has the mask mandate down here, and honestly I haven’t seen many (if any) that hasn’t followed it as I’ve been out and about. No major incidents of people disobeying that I have seen, just some grumbling about it. We also have a mandatory testing and quarantine till results are returned when arriving into the state by plane. There is very little driving traffic coming in with the Canadian Border being closed.

      On the Athletics front things are looking pretty good. There has been both a basketball pro-am league as well as college/pro invite only runs that have been happening almost nightly throughout the week without incident. These have been going on since early June. I catch them 2 or 3 nights a week and the competition has been really good. Both are purposely not advertising the time or location of games in order to keep attendance down, but people do show up but not in massive numbers. There has also been an organization created for baseball players (16-20 years old) to play in since both the American Legion and Alaska Summer Collegiate Leagues have been shut down. There have been baseball games, with fans in the stands, seemingly nightly that I’ve seen highlights for. I know some of the local swimming clubs are active and have had events as well.

      At the HS level, the Anchorage School District and Mat Su School District Superintendents have both said they are recommending fall sports to be played with precautions as part of their back to school recommendations. Both district plans are subject to approval by the school boards but it’s thought that both district plans have a good shot at passing. I know most of the local HS football teams have been practicing and conditioning with precautions for a couple weeks now.

      I believe the University of Alaska system as a whole has moved to almost predominantly online classes for the fall semester. They currently are not allowing any building above 25% of its intended capacity, and that is expected to run through at least the fall semester. Anchorage School District is closing in on a plan to be a hybrid of in person (2 days per week in school, shortened days, self contained classes for multiple subjects with no changing class rooms) and online learning (3 days a week). Mat Su has decided to return to school full time with precautions in place.

      Anchorage has about 1/2 of the states active cases but around one half of its population. Cases have been averaging between 1 in 15,000 to 1 in 35,000 residents per day and have kind of plateaued in that range for the last month (to compare with your areas cases to population level). Total cases have risen overall in Anchorage from 0-4 cases a day in late May to about 10-25 cases per day the last month.

      Cases have risen which sucks, but they haven’t remotely spiraled out of control like many places across the country. And I personally have some optimism that with the mask mandate along with the mandatory testing and quarantine coming in that we won’t see a major spike like other places have but you never can tell. Things could drastically change, especially when school comes. We will see.
      Last edited by Anchorage; 07-09-2020, 04:30 AM.

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        The Big ten is going to announce conference games only for football today. I see basketball is a very manageable sport in division 2. I would say most schools in the GNAC average 500 fans or less, some outliers are there. At Western Oregon they get about 500 to 700 a game and the gym holds 2K to 2,300; it would be easy to practice social distancing watching the game there.

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        • #5
          GNAC makes an announcement today on Fall Sports...that it is monitoring the situation and will make the real announcement on July 17th.

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          • #6
            D2 conferences CIAA and SIAC have announced the suspension of Fall Sports. 25 D2 programs in total impacted.

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            • #7
              Thanks for all the information!

              In addition to this news which means we'll know about fall sports soon, the Trump administration's order that International students will have to leave the country if classes are only offered online will certainly effect athletics as well.

              While I have *heard* that UAA is sort of pointing themselves at 100% online courses this fall, UAF is NOT. Lots of things will likely happen before that's decided, but, I know for a fact that UAF is working hard to have up to 50% occupancy on campus and some classes taught in-person.

              Both UA schools have some stellar foreign athletes that they would lose if Trump's order stands and classes are online.

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                Originally posted by northernGNAChoopfan View Post
                Thanks for all the information!

                In addition to this news which means we'll know about fall sports soon, the Trump administration's order that International students will have to leave the country if classes are only offered online will certainly effect athletics as well.

                While I have *heard* that UAA is sort of pointing themselves at 100% online courses this fall, UAF is NOT. Lots of things will likely happen before that's decided, but, I know for a fact that UAF is working hard to have up to 50% occupancy on campus and some classes taught in-person.

                Both UA schools have some stellar foreign athletes that they would lose if Trump's order stands and classes are online.
                I thought it was all UA system but you are probably right, it’s just UAA with those guidelines.

                In big news today the NJCAA, the ruling body of Junior/Community College Athletics, has advised that all Fall Sports be pushed to the spring semester including football. The CCCCA (California JC/CC Athletic Conference) has done just that. Pushed all Fall Sports to the Spring Session.

                As far as foreign students, a lot of colleges are creating one credit classes, on campus only, for foreign students to enroll in and be able to stay in the US. Many are doing it free of charge to the student. It would not surprise me if UAF and UAA follow suit to ensure foreign students and athletes can return to campus. Also quite a few schools are seeking a legal injunction to stop Trump’s plan, given his administrations awful track record in court cases this year, it wouldn’t surprise me if they get that injunction.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Anchorage View Post

                  I thought it was all UA system but you are probably right, it’s just UAA with those guidelines.

                  In big news today the NJCAA, the ruling body of Junior/Community College Athletics, has advised that all Fall Sports be pushed to the spring semester including football. The CCCCA (California JC/CC Athletic Conference) has done just that. Pushed all Fall Sports to the Spring Session.

                  As far as foreign students, a lot of colleges are creating one credit classes, on campus only, for foreign students to enroll in and be able to stay in the US. Many are doing it free of charge to the student. It would not surprise me if UAF and UAA follow suit to ensure foreign students and athletes can return to campus. Also quite a few schools are seeking a legal injunction to stop Trump’s plan, given his administrations awful track record in court cases this year, it wouldn’t surprise me if they get that injunction.
                  Interesting. Thanks for the insights into foreign students. I'm not sure if I was a foreign student that I would want to be here now!!! Sheesh. We're a bit of a mess right now in many regards. I had often thought that moving sports seasons around this year might make sense... Lots of stuff to learn in the next weeks it seems. Hope you are all staying safe and healthy!

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                  • #10
                    Trump administration has dropped their plan aimed at foreign students not being permitted to stay in the country, if at a university that has moved online teaching, a federal judge in the pending lawsuit has announced.

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