NJCAA shifts all close-contact fall sports to the spring semester

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 5:06 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Following the recommendations from the NJCAA Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents, the NJCAA has announced its adjusted plan for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year. Following the Board of Regents’ vote on Monday, a majority of competition will be moved to the spring semester.

Locally this move will have an effect on Meridian Community College, East Central Community College, and East Mississippi Community College.

In a statement released by the NJCAA, Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO said “Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes. 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 moves all close-contact fall sports to the spring semester. These sports include football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. The NJCAA cross country championships for all three divisions and half marathon championships will remain as their originally scheduled dates in the fall as well as Division III women’s tennis. 

Also, all winter sports competitions will begin in January with most of the championship seasons being moved from March to April. The sports will include men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, swimming, and diving. Men’s and women’s indoor track and field will be held at the beginning of March.

At this time Spring sports competition will remain 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.

Along with the adjustments to competition season and championship dates, the NJCAA has provided information as it relates to scrimmage and practice dates and allowances in the fall.

Championship dates are subject to change based on championship facility availability.

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