NAIA postpones most fall championships to spring
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council of Presidents voted Tuesday to postpone the national championships of most of its fall sports to the spring.
The decision will move the men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball national championships into the spring, but will still allow the sports to compete in the fall and winter if they so choose.
"Given the fast-paced and constantly changing nature of the current environment, the COP recognized that the likelihood of safely competing the fall sports season has decreased significantly," said Dr. Arvid Johnson, COP Chair and University of St. Francis President in a release. "This decision allows conferences to consider the regional impact of COVID-19 when determining the appropriate time for regular season competition."
A decision on the football national championship is expected to come Friday after another COP meeting.
"Due to unique challenges surrounding football, COP members decided they needed more time to obtain feedback from their colleagues," the press release stated.
Prior to Tuesday's vote, 51 NAIA institutes had already decided to postpone fall competition until the spring.
"The NAIA realizes there are a wide range of considerations that come with postponing fall championships," said NAIA president and CEO Jim Carr in the release. "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."