The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Chancellors has voted to return to winter sports competition in February in a move announced Friday.
The WIAC’s plan is contingent on the conference securing ongoing COVID-19 testing for student-athletes, support staff and game officials to provide a safe competition environment during the coronavirus pandemic.
The resumption of play includes men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, indoor track and field, swimming and diving, wrestling and women’s gymnastics.
Wisconsin-Superior is an affiliate member of the conference in men’s and women’s hockey.
Conference-only competition will begin the first week of February. UWS, however, was allowed to start the last week of January with nonconference games against conference foe Northland before the Yellowjackets move onto their conference slate.
“From the beginning it has been our hope and intent to be able to safely put together a sports season in 2021 for all of our programs, so this is an exciting and positive step in that direction,” UWS athletic director Nick Bursik said in a release. “We understand there is still some work to do, and there could be obstacles but having our partners in the WIAC looking to move forward is energizing for our university, our staff and our student-athletes.”