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Updates: Madison-area sports teams impacted by changes due to COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

Updates: Madison-area sports teams impacted by changes due to COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic


Sports teams in the Madison area have been impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here are the most recent updates:

Latest update: 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 18

Forward Madison FC

USL League One will start its season no sooner than the middle of May in accordance with CDC guidance against holding events with 50 or more people through May 10. Forward Madison FC had been scheduled to play its first league game March 28 at Richmond Kickers.

The league had previously announced a two-week delay in the start of the 2020 season. Forward Madison won't play its first home game until May 23 at the earliest, according to the team.

Forward Madison canceled a jersey reveal event scheduled for Saturday, March 14 and instead did a web stream unveiling.

The team's preseason games scheduled for March 14 against UW-Parkside at Madison College and March 21 at Marquette were canceled.

Madison Capitols

An indefinite suspension of the United States Hockey League season announced Thursday, March 12, became a complete shutdown of remaining games on Wednesday, March 18. The league's board of directors unanimously voted to cancel the rest of the season.

The Madison Capitols had 12 games remaining in the regular season.

Madison Area Technical College

The school put a halt to athletic travel, canceling the WolfPack baseball and softball teams' annual trips to Arizona and Florida, respectively. The men's golf team also had a trip to North Carolina called off. On Monday, March 16, the NJCAA canceled all spring sports competition, but those who played a partial season will not have it charged against their eligibility.

UW sports

The NCAA canceled all remaining national tournaments for the 2019-20 season on Thursday, March 12, and the Big Ten Conference shut down athletics for its members schools.

The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team was due to play at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13 in the Big Ten quarterfinals against the winner of Thursday's game between Rutgers and Michigan. Shortly before Thursday's game began, however, the conference canceled the rest of the tournament.

The Big Ten played two tournament games Wednesday, March 11 in Indianapolis with regular attendance before originally announcing the final four days starting Thursday would be played with only players, coaches, event staff, essential team and conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams allowed in the building.

The Badgers women's hockey team was ready to host Clarkson in an NCAA quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 14. Wrestling and swimming and diving teams also had NCAA competition ahead, and the track and field teams already were in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the NCAA indoor meet when the cancellations came down.

The Big Ten clarified on Friday, March 13 that all organized team activities were suspended until at least April 6, when they will be re-evaluated. Team weightlifting sessions fall under the ban. At UW, all student-athlete facilities will be closed until at least the end of spring break, which is scheduled to run March 14-22.

The April 25 Crazylegs Classic run/walk was canceled.

High school sports

The WIAA girls basketball state tournament didn't play its final two days, and the boys basketball tournament didn't get past sectional semifinals, the WIAA announced late Thursday, March 12.

The state girls basketball tournament started March 12 at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon. Games were played in front of crowds limited to 88 spectators per team. Boys basketball sectional semifinals were played the same day, before the WIAA ended its winter sports championships events.

The WIAA has suspended training, practice, scrimmages and contests until April 6.

Edgewood College

The NCAA Division III Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, of which Edgewood College is a member, wiped out all remaining competition for the school year.

Earlier, Edgewood canceled all spring break trips for its athletics teams. Six teams — baseball, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track and field and women's track and field — had travel events scheduled for next week.

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