COVID-19 Update: A Letter from the Director of Athletics

Dear Student-Athletes, Parents and Fans,

We are living in a historic time and as we continue to make preparations on campus to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic we want to assure you that we are doing everything in our power to provide a safe and rewarding athletic experience. Without a doubt, the 2020-21 athletic seasons will look different. The NCCAA has announced its intentions to host and conduct championship events and the Midwest Christian College Conference has committed to conducting athletic seasons and post-season tournaments this year.

The fact of the matter is, even with these stated intentions, our seasons will be different. The NCAA and NAIA have reduced the maximum number of contests for many of their sponsored sports. This affects MCC teams as we compete against many of the NCAA and NAIA teams in the area during our non-conference schedules and will leave some of our teams with fewer games to play. Along with that, the virus has impacted different areas at many different rates, and we should be prepared for developing hotspots leaving us with a need to reschedule contests.

On our campus, we will follow CDC and KDHE guidelines and we will ask all of our students to do the same. As of today, our county is requiring masks be worn in public and are limiting the total number of people allowed to gather to 50 people. If this continues, we would be unable to allow spectators to attend our home contests. Many locations around the conference and region could also be in the same position for games on the road. Rest assured, we are planning to stream all of our home contests live on the MCC Network and all of our scheduled opponents currently have plans to stream their contests.

The administrative council has made the decision to move up the start of the semester one week to August 17. The plan is to complete the entirety of the semester, ending December 11, in person. With the adjusted dates, we have made the decision to bring our Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Volleyball teams back to campus on August 13 to begin preparations for their seasons. For Men’s and Women’s basketball new student-athletes will move into the residence halls on August 14 and new student-athletes not living on campus will be on campus for New Student Orientation (NSO) that evening.

To help ensure that all of our student-athletes being proactive in the fight against COVID-19, we will be asking ALL of our student-athletes to complete a self-care checklist via google forms along with a self-quarantine for at least one week prior to reporting to campus. Student-athletes should also expect to complete the same self-care checklist when they arrive on campus and have their temperature taken before and after they move in or begin practice. Student-Athletes coming from KDHE determined hotspots may be asked to continue their quarantine upon arriving on campus. Along with these additions, all student-athletes will need an updated physical and updated insurance information before practices begin. Both forms can be found on www.mccthunder.com under ‘inside athletics.’

We understand how uncertain this entire time in history feels, but we are confident that it will not last forever. Each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made and we serve a God that created us to not live in fear. We are committed to providing the best athletic experience for our student-athletes and I am excited to see each of you this fall!

Sincerely,

Jordan Strom
Director of Athletics

MCC Scoreboard

2/29/2020 | Mens Basketball No. 4 Randall University | W, 88-73 (OT)
2/28/2020 | Mens Basketball No. 3 Arlington Baptist College | W, 94-86 
2/26/2020 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 7 Ozark Christian College | W, 89-72 
2/22/2020 | Mens Basketball No. 2 Barclay College | W, 91-80 
2/21/2020 | Womens Basketball No. 6 Faith Baptist Bible College | L, 67-62