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Penn State York Adds Baseball and Women's Softball

8/9/2005 —

Starting this fall, students at Penn State York will have the opportunity to play two additional varsity sports, baseball and women's softball. This brings the number of varsity sports at the campus to eight including men's and women's basketball, soccer, team tennis, cross-country and women's volleyball. For spring, students are playing an exhibition season in baseball and softball to generate interest and to let high schools know about the new opportunities. This fall, the baseball team will play a full schedule in the newly restructured Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSU-AC). The softball team will plan a full schedule in spring 2006. Students interested in baseball should contact Ronald K. Workinger at 717-771-4036 or rkw2@psu.edu. Students interested in softball should contact Kerry Magni at 717-771-4036 or kam24@psu.edu.

The news of two new sports at the campus comes on the heels of an announcement that starting this fall, students at all Penn State campuses will be eligible to compete in varsity athletics for four full years in the same sport in the PSU-AC. This change adjusts the guidelines of the current Commonwealth Campus Athletic Conference (CCAC) to coincide with the campuses' expansion of degree offerings from two to four years. As a result, athletes will be able to stay with the same sport for four years instead of having to change to a different sport, a requirement that had existed because some of the opponents were two-year schools.

Although Penn State athletics are best known for NCAA Division I competition by University Park teams, intercollegiate competitive opportunities attract an even-higher percentage of undergraduates at the campuses outside University Park. Two of these locations, Penn State Altoona and Penn State Erie, already compete against NCAA Division III teams, while Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley is on its probationary period at that level.

Another 13 Penn State campuses -- Abington, Beaver, Delaware County, DuBois, Fayette, Hazleton, McKeesport, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton and York -- plus Penn College belong to the CCAC. Penn State Harrisburg is expected to join them in the PSU-AC in the near future.

These teams currently compete in 10 sports: men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, baseball, men's and women's cross country, golf, men's soccer, team tennis and softball. This move builds on a two-year pilot program where four-year eligibility had been expanded to men's basketball, women's volleyball and team tennis. For information on the wide range of athletic opportunities at Penn State York, call Kerry Magni, athletic director, at 717-771-4036.

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