WHITEFISH — The Frontier Conference fall sports schedule has been delayed and changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commissioner Kent Paulson announced the changes, which are based on the guidelines released by the NAIA Council of Presidents on June 4, this morning. The seasons will start later than previously scheduled, and the number of contests has been reduced.
Instead of a 10-game conference football schedule, each team will play eight conference games over a 10-week span. Montana Tech was originally set to open the season Aug. 29 at Eastern Oregon and play at home the following week against Carroll College.
Tech will now open Sept. 12 at home against MSU-Northern. All nine Frontier Conference teams are scheduled for football.
The Frontier volleyball schedule will consist of Friday and Saturday matches where the same teams play both days. Tech will open its conference season Sept. 11 and 12 at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.
The Orediggers will be home the following Friday and Saturday against MSU-Northern.
Each team will play 20 matches over 10 weeks, and there will be no Frontier Conference volleyball tournament at the end of the regular season.
The Big Sky Volleyball Challenged Tech hosts at the Butte Civic Center each August has been canceled. Oredigger coach Brian Solomon said he is hopeful his team can still play in at least one preseason tournament.
As of now, all postseason competition for NAIA fall sports are set for the original scheduled dates.
Cross country and golf schedules already fit into those NAIA guidelines, so no schedule modifications were necessary in those two sports.
Fall sport student-athletes can report for preseason training on Aug. 15.