This week saw the football season shaken up with new schedules for every program in the ACC. But all of the fall sports teams have to adjust as well with the league’s mandate that there can be no competition until Sept. 10 (a Thursday).
The good news is all of FSU’s athletes can practice. Competition in golf and tennis have been cancelled. Baseball and softball teams will be limited to practices and intrasquad scrimmages as they can’t hold exhibition games.
FSU’s cross country team will open on Sept. 18 at NC State or Virginia Tech and then hold the FSU Invitational on Oct. 2 at Apalachee Regional Park. Other meets are in the works, likely one in Birmingham, Ala., in October.
“It’s going to be an interesting season,” FSU men’s cross country coach Bob Braman said. “It’s going to be a short season. Hopefully it’s one we get to finish.”
Braman said runners will wear masks during races, which will be held two weeks apart. FSU will also host an NCAA regional meet in early November.
In other Olympics sports, scheduling based on geography, whether in the ACC or outside of the league, will now likely be done by necessity to save money and help keep players, coaches and support staff safe.
Here’s a look at the other fall sports:
Football: FSU will open preseason practice on Friday (Aug. 7). The Seminoles have been allowed to hold offseason conditioning, with coaches on the field, since mid-July. FSU coaches have been seen wearing clear face shields and some players have opted for masks when on the field.
Women’s soccer: Practice begins on Tuesday. FSU will play six ACC games and build a non-conference schedule. Coach Mark Krikorian has previously said he discussed a home-and-home arrangement with Florida. UCF could also be in the mix. The ACC soccer final four will be held on Nov. 6 and 8 in Cary, N.C.
Volleyball: Practice will begin on Friday (Aug. 7). FSU will play 10 matches and look to arrange a non-conference schedule. In a typical year, FSU would fly to a city and play a few matches each day over a weekend (the Seminoles did trips to North Carolina and Texas in 2019).
Swimming and diving: No meets will be held until at least Sept. 10. The program had seven meets last fall, including one at home and one at Florida.