Carsen Parker

Senior defender Carsen Parker in a previous match during the 2019-2020 season.

The start of the East Carolina University women’s soccer and volleyball teams seasons will be postponed until the spring of 2021 after an announcement from the American Athletic Conference (AAC) yesterday afternoon.

In the AAC announcement, the conference said it will postpone all competition and conference championships in the sports of men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball until the spring of 2021 to align with the NCAA championship season. A decision regarding cross country competition will be forthcoming pending further NCAA clarification, according to the AAC announcement.

AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said in the announcement the AAC remains committed to providing its student-athletes a quality experience and competing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.

"We were prepared to conduct competition in the fall in men's and women soccer and women's volleyball, but moving to the spring was in the best interest of our student-athletes as it will align our schedules to allow our teams to compete for national championships," Aresco said.

The announcement said the decision was approved by the conference's athletic directors and senior woman administrators following the NCAA Division I Board of Directors' confirmation that NCAA Division I fall championships would move to the spring.

The AAC will announce the spring regular season and championship formats and schedules after the NCAA Division I Council clarifies the revised playing and practice season and championship formats, according to the AAC announcement.

Head women’s soccer coach Jason Hamilton said in a statement on Twitter yesterday was a hard day, seeing players who’ve played their last game but didn’t know it until now.

“It may not have hit them yet, and it may not for a while,” Hamilton said in a Twitter statement. “It hit me, and it sucks. Hate it for them. They’ve done so much for our program and leave it better than when they arrived.”

Despite the NCAA changes in eligibility, for some graduating this fall it just won’t work out, according to Hamilton in a statement on Twitter. He said he is sure some schools will deal with financial restrictions, roster sizes, graduate programs not aligning. He said many things that make it less simple than just giving an extra year unfortunately.

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