The NAIA announced Monday that it has made the decision to cancel spring sports.

“We know this is extremely disappointing, especially for our student-athletes,” a news release from NAIA president and CEO Jim Carr said. “All possible options for maintaining the spring season were discussed at great length by multiple governance groups.

However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation (Sunday) to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward, possibly putting student-athletes, staff and fans at risk.

“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.

“We know there are outstanding questions regarding relief for winter sport student-athletes, implications on transfer regulations, and impacts to academic eligibility rules. We are working closely with the appropriate governance groups to determine answers and will continue to share information with membership as it becomes available.”

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