The plan to return to athletic competition for Keuka College now has a date. The Empire 8 Presidents' Council met on Monday and reached a unanimous agreement to resume conference athletic competition with winter sports starting on March 1, 2021.
Keuka College, which joined the Empire 8 Conference on July 1 of this year, competes in men's and women's basketball in the winter season.
"The council approved March 1 as a tentative start of its conference basketball schedule," stated in a release by the conference.
The Empire 8 and Keuka College will continue to follow the NCAA Guidelines for the Resocialization of Sport. The conference also developed a detailed Pandemic Protocol Handbook.
"The safety and well-being of its student-athletes and campus communities remains the primary goal of the Empire 8. As such, these plans are contingent upon federal, state and local health guidance and the status of all contests will be subject to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic."
The return of athletics for Keuka College will mark a new era as the Wolves are still waiting to compete in their first Empire 8 Conference game. Overall, it would be nearly a calendar year since Keuka College competed in athletics, as the College canceled spring activities on March 12, 2020, and have not returned to game action since.
Although the date is planned, a schedule for Empire 8 basketball is still to be determined. The College and conference plan to announce the basketball schedules in the coming weeks.