Humber College’s varsity sports announced its returning to play, but with mandatory vaccinations come fall 2021.
The Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) released new dates for post-secondary college-level sports teams in the province. It’s planning took into consideration the health and safety of athletes from Provincial Sport Organization and public health.
Vaccination is mandatory for students who want to tryout and play in any sports teams at Humber College.
“If you want to play sports or tryout for Humber, you need to be vaccinated,” says Brian Lepp, coordinator of Sports Information and Marketing at Humber’s Department of Athletics.
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Varsity sports and athletic events were cancelled because of COVID-19 forcing the closure of colleges last March.
“Our athletic director Ray Chateau has really been pushing the students to get vaccinated,” he said. “That’s been a big priority for Humber athletics. That way, everyone can return safely.”
All student athletes are responsible to be full vaccinated by Sept. 16, 2021. The college will only recognize vaccines that are approved in Canada and by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The OCAA will be reducing the number of games, overnight stays and travel for athletes next year. College athletes should also expect to see fewer games in the fall.
Lepp told Humber News the college is also returning to in-person practice this week.
“Everyone’s going to be getting together to start practicing — getting ready for the upcoming seasons,” he said.
Registration for tryouts to play on the badminton, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, curling, golf, rugby, rugby sevens, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s volleyball are underway. Information on dates and times can be found here.
The OCAA schedule suggests Humber athletes will play less home games in the fall season.
“We play more games on the road than we do at home this year for all of our sports,” Lepp said.
He believes there may not be as many people at the games this year, and may choose to watch it online instead. This comes after the college live streams all their home games, which can be found on this website.
The following is a timeline of Humber College’s varsity games that will be live streamed on the Hawk’s Sports Network only. This is not a reflection of every game scheduled for the fall term.