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Jan. 7, 2021 — Not the best sign

The NCAA field hockey season is set to restart sometime in the next month.

We already know that the Ivy League’s eight field hockey participants will not be participating, part of a blanket stop in play which has not only enveloped those teams which were supposed to start in the so-named “Fall 2” season, but winter sports like basketball and hockey.

The same can be said for the teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, which voted not to play its fall sports in the spring in mid-November.

Yesterday, Rowan University decided that its fall teams would not be playing in Fall 2. This includes a field hockey team that won the 2002 national title and made the 2018 Final Four.

Watching this slow implosion of the field hockey landscape is regrettable and discouraging. But given the fact that more records for COVID-19 infections and deaths were set yesterday, I cannot see a return to play under these circumstances.