Fullerton College announced Thursday night, Dec. 10 that it has canceled the season for 11 sports, including football and men’s and women’s basketball, due to the coronavirus pandemic conditions throughout the region and state.

All of the sports that were canceled were supposed to begin having practices next month with games and competitions to start in early February.

The other sports that were canceled are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s water polo, women’s golf and women’s volleyball.

“While I know that this decision is not what we had hoped for as we began the school year, I believe that this is the best decision at this time, to help ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” Dr. Greg Schulz, president of Fullerton College, said in a new release.

The school said the decision was made after evaluating COVID-19 data and considering input from faculty, administrators and public health agencies.

“Given the current COVID-19 situation in the state and nation, we completely agree with our president’s decision,” said Fullerton athletic director Scott Giles. “I applaud his careful and measured approach keeping our student-athletes, faculty, and staff safe as we fight through this pandemic.”

The announcement came a day after the South Coast Conference, which consists of 12 community colleges in Los Angeles County, canceled the seasons for nine sports due to COVID-19 conditions.

Fullerton is part of the California Community College Athletics Association, and the CCCAA announced in July that the fall and winter sports would have their seasons delayed until after Jan. 1 with the hope that it would be a safer environment for the athletes and coaches.

But in recent weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases locally and throughout the state have reached record highs, and the state issued new stay-at-home orders.

For now, the school is still planning to have a spring season for baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field and men’s volleyball. The seasons for those sports are supposed to begin in early April.

###

By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *