NAIA postpones most fall championships to spring

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council of Presidents has voted to postpone the fall national championships in cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball to spring 2021.

Prior to the council’s vote, 51 individual NAIA institutions, including Lewis-Clark State and the Cascade Conference, had already opted to postpone fall competition until spring 2021.

NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr says the first priority is making sure student-athletes are not penalized by the decision. That will likely require temporary rule changes and accommodations as it relates to eligibility and seasons of competition, which the NAIA governance groups will begin further defining this week.

In March the NAIA cancelled the spring 2020 sport season due to gathering restrictions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Consequently, no spring 2020 athlete was charged a season of competition.

The NAIA and Council of Presidents has not made a final decision with regard to winter sports, which have been tentatively delayed until November 1st. (NAIA)

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