DC athletics working on both ‘normal’ and ‘contingency’ plans for next season

Ken Babcock reads an issue of the Chronicle.

COVID-19 has caused colleges to close and so staff are working from home.

Despite this, Ken Babcock, the athletic director at Durham College, says that planning for the next school year is happening now.

“Planning is going ahead for next season as normal,” he says. “A contingency plan will be worked on this month to cover any changes to the normal plan for the fall.”

Along with in school preparation, the DC athletics committee will still be taking part in league conferences.

“OCAA (Ontario Colleges Athletic Association) and CCAA ((Canadian Colleges Athletic Association) annual meetings in May and June are going ahead as scheduled but will be online,” says Babcock.

Behind the scenes work also continues for the softball facility proposal, a project to develop a new field for the school, with several staff members and Babcock involved.

One major event cancelation that occurred due to COVID-19 is the annual athletic banquet to showcase the brightest stars from DC in the past season.

With no banquet, Babcock is making sure his athletes still get recognized.

The Lords’ athletes award winners are being announced throughout the month of April and the first week of May on Instagram and all other active social media.

The Durham Lords and Durham College Students Inc. have connected to provide online content for their daily digital calendar, which includes broadcasts of previous Lords’ championship games.

Babcock says changes will be made around campus for staff members and students in the fall when school returns. He mentioned modifications such as card access to facilities with no touch requirement and shared equipment policy.

He adds they will also include a spectator plan in an effort to instil confidence in students and staff when they return.

There are also financial concerns. With the loss of revenue sources such as gym rentals, camps and spring/summer events, the budget for this fiscal year will be affected.

Babcock says it has not yet been decided what cuts will be made for the fall semester.