Sports

NJCAA recommends moving competition to spring

Fri 7-10-2020

COLORADO SPRINGS - In a statement released Thursday, the National Junior College Athletic Association Presidential Advisory Council has recommended that a majority of fall competition move to the spring semester of 2021.

Earlier this week, the Minnesota College Athletic Conference announced that it would not allow activity during fall semester.

The NJCAA said it is finalizing plans that provide engagement, safety and regional leadership to support student-athletes during the fall and spring semesters.

Individual regions will discuss changes before the NJCAA Board of Regents meets on Monday, where an official plan of action will be decided.

Also in college sports Thursday, the Big Ten Conference said that it will not play nonconference games in football or several other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league cited medical advice in reaching its decision, the biggest yet by a power conference.

In a statement, the Big Ten said that limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions will give the conference the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions “based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.”

Besides football, the sports affected include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

The announcement came a day after the Ivy League Conference canceled sporting events until at least January.

Two other college conferences in the region, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, could also be impacted this fall.

The NSIC, an NCAA Division II conference, has already announced a reduced schedule for fall sports with teams only playing league games. The Division III MIAC has yet to alter its fall schedule.