By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 16, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WCTV) -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced its 2020 spring sports season has been canceled, effective immediately.
NAIA announced the decision on their website.
"The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that it is cancelling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately.
“All possible scenarios that would have supported a spring sports season were seriously considered by multiple NAIA governance groups,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward with the spring sports season and championships.”
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.
The NAIA is continuing to address outstanding questions related to these unprecedented changes and will share new information as it becomes available."
Thomasville's Thomas University competes in the NAIA's Division I, and sees their baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's swimming and diving and men's and women's track and field seasons come to an end.
TU's Sun Conference announced a suspension of all athletic competition on March 13.