The NJCAA released an update today and has made the decision to cancel the men’s and women’s NJCAA Basketball Championships and also cancel the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pima women’s team (25-7) was originally scheduled to play in the NJCAA Division II tournament at Port Huron, Mich., tomorrow. Last week, after the NCAA tournament canceled its men’s and women’s tournament, the national tournament was delayed until April 20. Today’s decision cancels the national tournament altogether.
The NJCAA also made a ruling that student-athletes enrolled at an NJCAA member college will not be charged a year of participation.
They also released that on and off campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15.Read the NJCAA’s complete statement below:
“In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. “As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition. We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes.”
Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason, and national championship play. Regarding eligibility for spring sports, no spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation.
The NJCAA will explore the opportunity to expand allowable Letters of Intent for spring sports for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years under the recommendation of the NJCAA Eligibility Committee.
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