YUMA, Ariz. – After months of deliberation, Arizona Western Athletics will begin the 2021 athletic seasons for men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball without the admittance of fans in-person at games.
Outdoor events, including softball, baseball, and soccer will have limited and socially distanced fans-with masks mandatory-allowed.
All policies regarding fan attendance will follow the current AWC COVID-19 safety protocols, guidelines put forward by the City of Yuma, and the conference guidelines in the ACCAC. They are subject to change as circumstances regarding the pandemic change.
The current decision falls in line with county and regional guidelines and comes after months of discussion and education on potential solutions seeking out the advice of medical professionals, the conference’s association of certified athletic trainers, and potential impact on each institution.
The decision represents the clearest path forward to maintain the safety and health of student-athletes, coaches, and staff.
In an effort to make viewing the events easily accessible, Arizona Western will broadcast all 47 home dates and 81 competitions on the AWC campus through the Matador Sports Network.
The Matador Sports Network will consist of all eight home basketball dates (men and women play double-headers) being broadcast via AWC TV. The remaining dates will be livestreamed on the Matador Athletics Facebook Page.
Most other ACCAC schools will announce their plans to livestream games when Arizona Western is on the road.
Schedules will continue to be fluid as Matador teams, opponents, and officials follow COVID-19 safety protocols as well procedures put forward regarding contact tracing. For up-to-date schedules you can visit awcmatadors.com regarding Arizona Western Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Baseball, Men’s Soccer, and Women’s Soccer.
Schools in Maricopa County are not participating in basketball or volleyball this spring.