The National Junior College Athletic Association’s board of directors approved a plan to move most fall and winter sports to spring for the 2020-2021 school year on Monday as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19.
Only the men’s and women’s cross-country will take place during the plan’s planned season, changing the sports landscape of 20 Michigan colleges competing at the NJCAA level.
According to the plan, the NJCAA volleyball teams will be limited to 21 competition dates and will be able to organize matches as of January 29, 2021, while the men’s and women’s soccer teams will be able to play up to 14 games as of April 2 .
In winter sports, both men’s and women’s basketball teams can start playing their maximum of 22 regular season games on January 22, with national championship rounds taking place in late April.
Other Michigan Junior College programs involved include wrestling, bowling, swimming and diving and the indoor track.
The spring sports competition remains intact, with minor adjustments to the dates.
For a full list of start dates and competition limits for each sport, click here.
“Our primary goal is and has always been to provide the best opportunities for our student athletes,” said NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker in a press release. “Thanks to a united effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Council of Regents and the management staff, our most recent action plan provides a path that allows our student-athletes to compete at the highest level with safety measures appropriate in place. as an association, we will continue to provide our student athletes, coaches and all who participate in the AJCN with opportunities for safety and success. ”
Some of the best teams in the state affected by the changes at the national level include the men’s basketball teams Muskegon Community College and Schoolcraft College, both of which won the top five places in the NJCAA tournament, the women’s team of undefeated basketball from Macomb Community College and Grand Rapids Community College, ranked nationally. volleyball team.
“We want our student athletes to be able to compete in the safest possible environment,” said GRCC President Bill Pink in a press release. “This is an unprecedented decision, but we live in extraordinary times. We respect the decision of the NJCAA, and we will continue to plan with recent advice while making the academic success, safety and health of our student athletes a top priority. “
The new schedule will also have ramifications at the Division I level, as fall sports programs seeking to recruit junior college ranks will have to wait well after National Signing Day in February to see a full season of video from highlights of potential prospects.
While there are no NJCAA football programs in Michigan, there are several Division I college programs in the state that recruit JUCO ranks, and it will be interesting to see how the transition from fall to spring affects this recruiting front.
The Michigan colleges that participate in athletics at the NJCAA level are:
– Alpena Community College
– Delta College
– Glen Oaks Community College
– Gogebic Community College
– Grand Rapids Community College
– Henry Ford Community College
– Jackson Community College
– Kalamazoo Valley Community College
– Kellogg Community College
– Kirtland Community College
– Lake Michigan College
– Lansing Community College
– Macomb Community College
– Mid Michigan Community College
– Mott Community College
– Muskegon Community College
– Oakland Community College
– Schoolcraft College
– St. Clair County Community College
– Wayne County Community College
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