Mountain West Adjusts COVID-19 Cancelation Policy
Forfeits are now very unlikely.
Postponements and rescheduling
With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading quickly through vaccinated and unvaccinated people, the Mountain West is making changes to its cancelation policy.
Previously, teams were to be given a loss if players weren’t vaccinated and it caused a team not able to play. With well over 20 schools on some sort of COVID-19 pause nationally, including currently Colorado State and previously Nevada, the league is making adjustments.
- If a Mountain West contest cannot be played as scheduled due to one or both teams’ inability to participate related specifically to COVID-19 issues, an effort will be made to reschedule the game if possible. If a game cannot be played and cannot be rescheduled, it shall be canceled and considered a no contest.
- For men’s and women’s basketball, a minimum of seven (7) student-athletes, along with one countable coach, must be available for an institution to participate in a contest.
- If an institution falls below the established threshold and is unable to participate, the game shall be canceled and deemed a no contest. A team may choose to participate with less than the minimum threshold of participants at its discretion.
- If a team has the requisite number of participants and chooses not to compete, the game shall be canceled and declared a forfeit.
- Forfeited Mountain West games will be recorded as a loss for the team choosing not to compete, and as a win for the scheduled opponent, for the purposes of Conference standings, determining MW championship participants and MW championships seeding only. Per the NCAA, this does not change an institution’s official won-lost record.
- Roster thresholds for additional Mountain West sports will be reviewed prior to their respective Conference seasons.
These are reasonable adjusted guidelines. One other thing to be taken into consideration is local health guidelines. If a state, city, or county deems a game cannot be played as those will supersede the Mountain West guidelines and will be considered a no-contest and not a forfeit.
The first Mountain West game to be postponed and with the hopes to be rescheduled is the Colorado State vs. New Mexico game that was to be the conference opener on Dec. 28 at Albuquerque. If the game can’t be made up, it will be declared a no-contest.