The National Junior College Athletic Association announced Monday that junior college football won’t happen this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be moved to the spring in 2021. This decision was expected following the recent recommendations from the NJCAA Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents.

“Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President and CEO in a release. “Through a unified effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Board of Regents, and leadership staff, our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures in place. As we move forward as an association, we will continue to provide opportunities for our student-athletes, coaches, and all those involved with the NJCAA to be safe and successful.”

All close-contact fall sports such as football and soccer will be moved to the spring semester. However, winter sports will still begin in January with championships in March and April. This includes basketball, wrestling and swimming and diving.

Spring sports will stay as scheduled.