Red River College has ended on university sports.

The school decided public Thursday with a post on their site.

” As the college continues its work to resume on-campus activities, with the focus devoted to necessary hands-on learning and training activities to allow trainees to finish their studies, we have actually made the hard decision to put our varsity sports program on-hold for 2020-21 season,” wrote Shane Ray, the school’s manager of sports and entertainment services.

The Red River Rebels boasted men’s and females’s basketball, volley ball, soccer and futsal teams that played in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC). The basketball teams also played in the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC), which features colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Coming off a best 17-0 season where they won both the MCAC and NIAC titles, the news was a major gut punch for the males’s basketball group. Head coach Scott Kirkpatrick led the program to 4 MCAC titles in 5 seasons, however they can no longer develop off of their success.

The school said it will decide about the 2021-22 season at a later date, but even if they do bring sports back, Kirkpatrick said it will be nearly difficult to continue where they ended.

” I feel a lot like The Last Dance documentary when they’re talking at the end stating the Chicago Bulls could’ve run it back another year, but decisions were made for them and they didn’t get a chance to continue,” stated Kirkpatrick, a phys-ed instructor at Maples Collegiate.

” That’s how I feel today. Our run has come to an end and we had no control over it.”

The decision was made owing to the pandemic and financial factors, however Kirkpatrick believed it was prematurely to throw in the towel. Red River is the only MCAC program to cut sports at this time. Kirkpatrick was hoping they ‘d keep the window open in case it’s possible to go back to play in the fall.

” What if September-October hits and all the groups are completely running and we’ve chosen to cancel our season? How do we look? (Possibly) they’ve all come up with a plan or they could run MCAC locally this year with some exhibit games with the U Sports schools and we’re not playing? That’s a really tough one,” Kirkpatrick stated.

” The hardest question is when a gamer said ‘Well, what is everyone else doing? Does that suggest all the other schools are cancelled?’ and I’m stating ‘Not to my knowledge.’ To my understanding, other schools are still looking (for services). Like, did we check out every possible way to keep sports going then concern that choice? Or did we simply choose that it was a much easier solution or a simpler spending plan product line today to live without athletics for a year?”

Obviously, Kirkpatrick and the men’s basketball team aren’t the only ones dissatisfied. It harms for students like Sara Meisner, a 22-year-old nursing trainee who picked to go to RRC over the University of Manitoba so she could play beach ball. Meisner invested the past three years as an outdoors hitter for the Rebels, but now her final season has actually been removed from her. She stated getting to play beach ball has actually significantly boosted her college experience.

” It made such a huge difference for me getting used to being at college due to the fact that I made so numerous pals on the team,” said Meisner, who comes from the village of Ashern.

” It was something to do beyond studying 24/7. You had practices and video games to eagerly anticipate all the time, so it made a big distinction.”

Meisner at least got a number of seasons under her belt, but the most recent RRC recruits can’t state the very same thing. They may never ever get a possibility to play at the post-secondary level.

” We have a kid at Maples this year who’s in Grade 12 and graduating now. He’s registered and going to Red River in the fall. I invested months talking with him about Red River … I feel very guilty about it. I feel dreadful, actually,” said Kirkpatrick.

” He’s wanting to pertain to Red River and obviously he’s there for scholastic factors, but he wishes to play basketball and I’m the one who got him to commit to Red River. So now I’m the one who needs to tell him ‘Sorry, there’s no group now.’ He’s going to be left rushing. He has to decide. Does he want to go to school at Red River still? … I feel horrible about that. I actually do.”