NORFOLK – Following an updated plan announced by the National Junior College Athletic Association the upcoming fall athletics season has been delayed at Northeast Community College.
According to a release from the community college, limited practices will still be allowed beginning in August under strict guidelines due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidance comes after the NJCAA adjusted its plan of action for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year. Following a vote by the NJCAA Board of Regents on Monday, a majority of the fall competition will be moved to the spring semester.
The most recent NJCAA plan of action shifts all close-contact fall championship sports to the spring semester. At Northeast, this includes men’s and women’s soccer as well as volleyball. Along with the adjustments to the competition season and championship dates, the NJCAA has provided information as it relates to scrimmage and practice dates and allowances in the fall.
All face-to-face workouts are voluntary for student-athletes and for those who are not comfortable returning to practice or play due to health issues, housing concerns or for academic reasons will not be required to participate. Student-athletes will continue to receive any scholarship that has been awarded to them as long as they stay enrolled full-time at Northeast or unless an NJCAA release is requested. The student-athletes will remain in good standing with their team regardless of the decision about participating this fall.
In addition, each team at Northeast will be permitted to participate in individual and small group (pods) skill development, strength training and conditioning workouts for a maximum of 60 consecutive calendar days. Each pod will be kept to a minimum number of participants and should not exceed 25% of the total number of a team’s roster whenever possible. Also, full-team practices, scrimmages, meetings and other team activities will not be permitted.
All winter sports competition will begin in January with a majority of championship seasons moved from March to April. This includes men’s and women’s basketball.