Junior Colleges across the nation have canceled all fall sports for the 2020 season.
A report had previously come in June 25 from a source close to the situation that informed The Daily News that all JUCO colleges across NYS would be cancelling their fall sports seasons.
The following day, only Monroe Community College, Erie Community College and Onondaga Community College had suspended their fall seasons leaving the others still in limbo.
A few days later, Corning Community College and Adirondack Community College both announced they would also forego their fall sports seasons.
Monday morning, before the official announcement by the National Junior College Athletic Association was handed down, Genesee Community College issued a statement they would also be canceling fall sports.
A few hours later on Monday, the NJCAA announced a plan that will move all “close-contact” fall sports to the spring, including football, men’s and women’s soccer, and 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 sports competition.