CAA Announces All Teams Will Compete In 2020-21 Conference Tournaments

The Colonial Athletic Association will provide every team in every sport the opportunity to participate in their respective conference tournaments during the 2020‐21 season as the league announced its championships schedule on Tuesday.

With many regular‐season schedules curtailed due to safety and cost concerns related to the COVID‐19 pandemic, the conference’s athletic administrators felt it was important to give all student‐athletes the experience of competing for a CAA championship with the chance to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

“I commend the conference’s athletic administrators and conference staff for their forward thinking and open‐mindedness as we continue to navigate through a period of great unknown associated with the 2020‐21 academic year,” said CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio. “This championship model directly coincides with the Extreme Flexibility Model (EFM) that the conference established for 2020‐21 regular season competitions, and provides each student‐athlete with an opportunity to work toward the goal of being a CAA Champion.”

Student‐athlete health and safety, limiting travel and missed class time and controlling costs played a major factor in determining the championships schedule. The conference will divide its tournaments in men’s and women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse into regional brackets for the first round and quarterfinals before moving to a more central geographic location for the semifinals and championship game. Men’s lacrosse will conduct two quarterfinal games hosted by the higher seeds, with the winners advancing to a central site for the semifinals and title game.

In the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, softball and baseball, the entire championship will be held at one location.

A committee of athletics administrators and conference staff will determine seeds for the championships using a variety of metrics, including a postseason poll of the conference’s head coaches. In the event that all teams play a true conference schedule, conference standings will determine the seeds.

All championship dates and schedules are subject to change due to the fluid nature of events surrounding the COVID‐19 pandemic. All decisions will be made in accordance with federal, state and local health guidelines, as well as in consultation with policies put in place on each individual campus.

Complete brackets for the tournaments can be found under the championships tab on the league’s website www.caasports.com. The entire 2020‐21 championships schedule is included with this release and can also be found under the championships tab.

2020‐21 Championships Schedule

(As of June 23, 2020)

SPORT
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD SIZE
DATES
FORMAT/ SITE
Cross Country
6 (men)
 9 (women)
Oct. 31 or Nov. 1, 2020New Market Battlefield
 Host – James Madison
Women’s Soccer10Oct. 30 & Nov. 1, 2020
 November 6 & 8, 2020
1st Rd./Qtrs. @ Hofstra/UNCW Semis/Champ @ Towson
Field Hockey7Nov. 5, 6 & 8, 2020Univ. of Delaware
Men’s Soccer9Nov. 6 & 8, 2020
 Nov. 13 & 15, 2020
1st Rd./Qtrs. @ Northeastern/Charleston
 Semis/Champ @ Drexel
Volleyball9Nov. 19–22, 2020
1st rd. date flexible
Towson University
Swimming & Diving5 (men)
 7 (women)
Feb. 17‐20, 2021Christiansburg Aquatic Center
 Christiansburg, VA
Men’s Basketball10March 6‐9, 2021Entertainment & Sports Arena
 Washington, DC
Women’s Basketball10March 10‐13, 2021Elon University
Women’s Golf8April 16‐18, 2021Clubs at St. James
 Southport, NC
Women’s Tennis9April 22‐25, 2021William & Mary
Men’s Golf9April 25‐27, 2021Dataw Island
 Beaufort, SC
Men’s Tennis8April 30–May 2, 2021William & Mary
Outdoor Track & Field4 (men)
 9 (women)
April 30 & May 1, 2021James Madison
Women’s Lacrosse7April 30 & May 2, 2021
 May 7, 8 or 9, 2021
Qtrs/Semis @ Drexel/W&M Championship @ JMU
Men’s Lacrosse6May 4, 2021
 May 7 & 9, 2021
Quarters @ Higher Seed Semis/Champ @ Hofstra
Softball8May 12‐16, 2021James Madison
Women’s Rowing6May 16, 2021Cooper River Pennsauken, NJ
Baseball9May 25‐30, 2021UNCW

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