College basketball teams are converging in Baltimore this week as they reach the highest point in the season. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament starts Tuesday in Baltimore.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation’s oldest historically Black athletic conference today announced its updated COVID-19 safety protocols in advance of the 2022 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament being held in Baltimore on February 22 -26 at the Royal Farms Arena.
Teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are in town ready to compete. Bowie State University plays the role of host at Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore. College basketball teams had a second day of practice Monday, and there’s a big awards banquet for players and coaches. Marcus Clarke, senior associate commissioner for championships and events, said to pull off this event, the CIAA met with public safety officials and the city’s health commissioner.
Clarke said this is a huge stage for the players. “We have the third-largest tournament in college athletics, and it’s no small feat. We have a lot of coaches coming to town to see our teams play. It’s a great platform,” Clarke said. Steve Joyner Jr., who coaches the women’s basketball team from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, said the tournament is huge for the players.
Per COVID-19 protocols, all athletes are tested every morning.