CIAA bands may once again have the opportunity to battle it out with their opponents on the field at halftime.
The CIAA announced on Thursday that individual schools will decide whether or not to allow opposing bands on the field during halftime, according to a release from the conference.
This news comes just over 24 hours after our report that the conference’s Athletic Directors Association (ADA) decided to bar opposing teams from performing on the home team’s field during halftime.
A conference call that took place Thursday morning put the decision back in the hands of the individual schools themselves.
“From our vantage point, it helps with recruiting, it helps with enrollment so we don’t want to shortchange the experience of what college football should be,” Winston-Salem State Director of Athletics Tonia Walker told the Winston-Salem Journal.
I'm a college athletics administrator who appreciates what the band brings. It's the total experience.
— Dr. Kristene Kelly (@Dr_K_Kelly) September 7, 2017
“The decision whether to allow both bands to play during halftime is at the discretion of individual hosting universities,” Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams wrote in an early correspondence to the CIAA Board of Directors. “There will not be any fines associated with the time over runs. Institutions can agree to manage the respective times of participating bands and on-field presentations to meet the required halftime timeline.”
Strike up the band!