While it’s been talked about as a possible option at nearly all levels of school sports during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Junior College Athletic Association announced Monday afternoon it will be making the seasonal switch.
Following the recommendations from the NJCAA Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents’ Monday vote, the NJCAA will move the majority of its competition to the spring semester.
“Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes,” said Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. “Through a unified effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Board of Regents and leadership staff, our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures in place.
“As we move forward as an association, we will continue to provide opportunities for our student-athletes, coaches, and all those involved with the NJCAA to be safe and successful.”
The most recent plan of action shifts all close-contact fall sports to the spring semester. These sports include football, men’s and women’s soccer and court volleyball. The NJCAA cross country championships for all three divisions and half marathon championships will remain in the fall, as will Division III women’s tennis.
All winter sports competition will begin in January with a majority of championship tournaments moved from March to April. These sports include men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling and swimming and diving. Men’s and women’s bowling and men’s and women’s indoor track and field will be held at the beginning of March.
Spring sports competition remains intact with minor adjustments to dates. These sports include baseball, softball, beach volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, track and field and men’s and women’s tennis.
The NJCAA has also provided information as it relates to scrimmage and practice dates and allowances in the fall to its member schools.