Special to Gatorsports.com
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The start of Southeastern Conference volleyball, soccer and cross country competition through at least Aug. 31 has been postponed, the league announced Tuesday.
The decision will provide additional time to prepare for the safe return of competition on an adjusted timeline.
The delay in competition includes all exhibition and non-conference games.
SEC institutions will continue to follow the guidance of the Conference’s Return to Activity and Medical Advisory Task Force and the NCAA’s Resocialization of College Sports Guidelines as student-athletes are engaged in preseason preparation for a return to competition.
Any rescheduling of non-conference contests impacted by the postponed start of the fall seasons in volleyball, soccer and cross country will be determined by each school.
The SEC continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19 as it evaluates the potential impact on fall schedules in all sports, with the understanding that the primary responsibility of the SEC and its institutions is to ensure the health and well-being of its student-athletes.
Florida already had its August soccer schedule altered last week when the ACC moved its opening-month schedule to Sept. 1.
Florida’s soccer program has early season contests on the schedule against several ACC programs, with road contests Aug. 21 against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Aug. 23 in Durham against Duke University. And on Aug. 28, Becky Burleigh’s team is scheduled to take on Miami in Coral Gables.
For the Gator athletic program, the first event on the fall calendar before today’s SEC announcement was a home exhibition soccer match versus Mercer on Aug. 10. There are student-athletes from these sports currently on campus and they will continue preparations for the 2020 season.
UF fall classes begin Aug. 31.