The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has canceled at sports competitions for the remainder of the school year, following the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
Barton Community College, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) is included in this shutdown. This includes the 2020 NJCAA Division I National Basketball Championship scheduled for the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Other spring sports include baseball, softball, track & field, and other sports offered in community colleges.
Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason, and national championship play.
“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,” said Christopher Parker, NJCAA president. “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.”
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.
Along with the cancellation of competition, all on and off-campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15.
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.
For more information from the NJCAA, visit : https://www.njcaa.org/general/2019-20/releases/20200316k2au00