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NAIA postpones most fall 2020 championships to spring 2021, to decide on football during Friday COP meeting

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The NAIA announced the postponement of the fall national championships in cross-country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball to the spring of 2021. This still allows NAIA conferences to compete in the fall and winter.

The timing of the football national championship will be determined at a subsequent Council of Presidents meeting on Friday.

“Given the fast-paced and constantly-changing nature of the current environment, the COP recognized that the likelihood of safely completing the fall sports season has decreased significantly,” said Dr. Arvid Johnson, COP Chair and University of St. Francis President. “This decision allows conferences to consider the regional impact of COVID-19 when determining the appropriate time for regular season competition.”

So far, 51 NAIA individual institutions had already opted to postpone fall competition until spring 2021.

“The NAIA realizes there are a wide range of considerations that come with postponing fall championships,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “However, our first priority is making sure our student-athletes are not penalized by this decision. That will likely require temporary rule changes and accommodations as related to eligibility and seasons of competition, which the NAIA governance groups will begin further defining this week.”

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