Capital City League cancels 2021 season

Another summer in Central Iowa will come without a longtime tradition.

The YMCA Capital City League announced on Tuesday it will not play a 2021 season, citing a lack of decision making on the part of the NCAA. The league has annually included players from Iowa State and Drake among other collegiate level players from around the state.

“After consulting with various community partners, and with no decision yet made by the NCAA to allow certified summer leagues to resume this year, our Board of Directors has made the decision to not hold the upcoming 2021 Capital City League season,” the league said in a release. “We remain committed to providing a safe and engaging basketball environment for our athletes, coaches and fans, and believe that the current circumstances would prevent us from doing so in a manner that would maintain the utmost confidence from our athletes and their schools’ medical professionals — something with value greatly.”

The league expects to return to its standard format for the 2022 season.

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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