CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Due to growing concerns about the novel COVID-19 virus, as well as recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the NJCAA has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately.
“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 after a meeting that is scheduled for this Thursday, March 19.
The halt to competition wraps up athletic play for Co-Lin’s softball, baseball, golf, and men’s and women’s tennis programs. Co-Lin’s softball team finishes the abbreviated season 12-1 overall and ranked No. 3 nationally in the latest NJCAA poll. The baseball program closes out the year 11-4 overall and on a nine-game winning streak. Co-Lin’s golf team finishes the season with three third-place finishes in MACJC play. The men’s tennis team finished 1-8 overall, while the defending MACJC State Champion women’s team closes out the year 6-3.
The NJCAA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as more information becomes available.