The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), of which the University of St. Francis is a member, announced today in a press release that it is cancelling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately.
“All possible scenarios that would have supported a spring sports season were seriously considered by multiple NAIA governance groups,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward with the spring sports season and championships.”
In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.
St. Francis participates in baseball, softball, golf, tennis and track and field in spring sports. Winter championship tournaments had already been cancelled or abruptly stopped in process earlier last week.
The NAIA is continuing to address outstanding questions related to these unprecedented changes and will share new information as it becomes available.