NJCAA Moves Junior College Football Season to Spring Due to COVID-19 Concerns

By Kevin Harrish on July 13, 2020 at 5:27 pm

There will be no JUCO football this fall.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Junior College Athletic Association announced a plan on Monday that will move all "close-contact" fall sports to the spring, including football, men's and women's soccer, and court volleyball.

"Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes," Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO, said in a statement. "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."

All winter sports – including men's and women's basketball, wrestling, and swimming and diving – will begin in January with a majority of championship seasons moved from March to April. Spring sports are expected to start on time with "minor adjustments to dates."

The NJCAA is just the latest organization to adjust its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the Ivy League and Patriot League in postponing fall competition.

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