NSIC Cancels Falls Season With Possibility Of Spring Opportunities, All Athletic Competition Suspended Through December 31, 2020

WAYNE – Following a series of meetings the past week between the 16 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) schools, the decision to not play was handed down by the NSIC Board of Directors Thursday morning.

According to a release from the conference, NSIC fall competition and championships have been canceled along with all athletic competition being suspended through December 31, 2020.

The NSIC recognizes the value an NCAA championship experience provides for student-athletes and that was a factor in the analysis. However, health and safety concerns prevailed in the league’s decision. Additionally, current recommendations for testing, exposure and quarantine make it very difficult for a season to be successfully completed at an institution or across the conference without severe disruptions.

From the 16 member schools, there are 18 sports among the NCAA Division II league with institutions located in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“The league’s initial decision to delay the start of fall sports was made with the rationale to allow campuses the ability to focus solely on reopening safely for their broader university communities,” said NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind. “In light of the recent decisions made by the NCAA Board of Governors, it is no longer feasible to conduct outside competition this fall semester. Our student-athletes deserve a competitive experience that provides a greater degree of safety and certainty than current conditions would allow. We believe now is the right time to provide clarity to our student-athletes so we can turn our efforts towards helping institutions reopen and ensuring a safe return to campus to start the academic year.”

Although the NSIC will not conduct a league schedule for 2020 fall sports, competition is an integral part of the student-athlete experience, therefore, the membership is committed to exploring meaningful opportunities and experiences for fall student-athletes in the spring, if it can be done reasonably and safely.

The conference will continue to monitor the landscape and conditions surrounding the pandemic, locally, regionally and nationally, and make any decisions or announcements, as necessary.