It’s Here, College Season 2020v2

by USA Field Hockey

Many have waited more than a year to get back to the playing field. They’ve trained, conditioned, lifted and bonded, in hopes that this time would come.

Starting today, the official college season 2020v2 will begin for teams that will play in-conference, with a few out of conference games. The scheduling for this second season will see some creativity in terms of scheduling with many neutral site games and unique matchups at a time of the year typically reserved for training.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams were the only ones to compete in the fall 2020. They played through an 8-week conference only season that was capped off with an ACC Tournament. The ACC Teams will still play in this second season but with a reduced number of games to meet the specified minimum contest requirements for NCAA play.

The Ivy League is the only Division I Conference that decided not to conduct competition for fall sports during the spring, and Saint Francis University followed suit.

Since 1975, Division I has held an NCAA Championship every year. Back in September, the NCAA approved moving the 2020 fall championships to the spring 2021, with some adjustments. The championships bracket will consist of 12 teams, 10 automatic qualifiers and two at-large selections. Normally the bracket size for the championship is 16 teams. The 2020v2 Division I Semifinals and Final is set to take place May 7 to 9 at Karen Shelton Stadium on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Of the three official Division II conferences, both the Northeast-10 and  decided to cancel plans to reposition the regular season and championship competition. Mercyhurst University (PSAC) does plan to play this spring.

Two independent teams, Frostburg State University and Lindenwood University also have plans on competing this spring.

The Division II teams that will competie in the 2020v2 season are all geographically located in North Carolina and South Carolina, an area where field hockey is growing. In December 2020, USA Field Hockey added State Chapters in both states which are designed to support and empower state leaders to promote and develop the sport

In , the NCAA canceled the Division II’s seven fall 2020 championships due to operational, logistical and financial challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Of the 21 Division III conferences, only three decided to cancel organized in-conference competition. Both the Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference and Colonial States Athletic Conference announced no formal conference-scheduled competition or championships, but support individual institutions if they are able to safely schedule competition within their own regional areas.

The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference also made the decision to cancel the fall in spring semester athletic conference competition, but will allow fall student-athletes training opportunities.

In August 2020, the NCAA canceled the Division III fall 2020 championships the health and safety of the division’s student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and communities as its priority.

The first game of the 2020v2 college season will take place today, February 9 with Division II Belmont Abbey hosting Mount Olive in Belmont, N.C. at 2:00 a.m. PT. This game can be watched live on the Belmont Abbey Sports Network by clicking here.

Division I competition will start Friday, February 12 with an out-of-conference match between Temple and Hofstra in Philadelphia at 1:00 p.m. ET. This game can be followed with live stats by clicking here.

Division III gets underway Saturday, February 27 with Rhodes hosting Transylvania in Memphis.

Click here for the weekly schedule and live stream links. Note: schedule and times subject to change.