College sports: UMAC targets Jan. 30 as return to conference competition

League also approves conference schedule and tournaments for men’s and women’s basketball.

The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference continues to solidify its plan for a return to sports competition in a move announced Tuesday, with Jan. 30 targeted as the restart date.

The UMAC’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors plans to reconvene in mid-January to reassess any changing circumstances relating to COVID-19 that could impact the sports of basketball, baseball, softball, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field.

The league, which includes St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior, said UMAC competition would begin no earlier than Jan. 30, but UMAC teams can compete in nonconference games starting Jan. 1 so long as schools adhere to NCAA-approved recommendations from the Sports Science Institute (SSI).

The UMAC also approved a conference schedule for basketball, with an eight-game regular season starting Saturday, Jan. 30, and nine-team men’s and women’s conference tournaments starting Monday, March 1.

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