NJCAA announces basketball tournaments, spring sports seasons canceled

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By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
Mach 16, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced they are canceling all upcoming basketball championships, as well as the rest of the spring athletic season, effective immediately.

NJCAA's full release can be seen below.

"Following the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NJCAA has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately.

"In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year," stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. "As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition. We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes."

Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason, and national championship play.

Regarding eligibility for spring sports, no spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation.

Along with the cancellation of competition, all on and off-campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15 with further evaluation to be assessed at that point in time.

The NJCAA will explore the opportunity to expand allowable Letters of Intent for spring sports for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years under the recommendation of the NJCAA Eligibility Committee.

The NJCAA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as more information becomes available."

Originally, the NJCAA announced they had postponed their basketball tournament until at Monday, April 20.

Tallahassee Community College was the #12 seed, earning an at-large bid and appearing in the JUCO tournament for the first time since 2011.

TCC also sees their regular seasons for baseball, softball and track and field come to an end.

TCC baseball finishes the year 20-9, while the softball team ends their campaign with a 12-14 overall mark.

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