The National Junior College Athletic Association voted today that all close-contact fall sports will be moved to the spring, according to Jimmy Rieves, Kilgore College athletic director.
The vote means that the KC football, basketball and softball regular seasons will move to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes,” said Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. “Through a unified effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Board of Regents, and leadership staff, our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures in place. As we move forward as an association, we will continue to provide opportunities for our student-athletes, coaches, and all those involved with the NJCAA to be safe and successful.”
Under the NJCAA Presidential Advisory Council's proposal, football practice will take place from Aug. 15 to Nov. 15, with three scrimmages allowed against outside competition (if it is deemed safe by the institutions).
Spring football practice will begin March 1, 2021, with games beginning March 25, 2021. There will be a maximum of eight games allowed, with play wrapping up by May 22, 2021, with the NJCAA championship and bowl games set for June 3. View KC football schedule
From Sept. 15 to Dec. 15, men's and women's basketball will be allowed to practice and host five scrimmages (limited to no more than two outside opponents). Spring practice will begin Jan. 11, 2021, with the basketball season beginning Jan. 22, 2021 (maximum of 22 games) for the regular season with all regular season, region and district championship competition completed by April 10, 2021.
For NJCAA softball, teams will be permitted to practice from Sept. 5 to Nov. 15, 2021, with a maximum of seven scrimmages against outside competition. Spring practices wil begin Jan. 10, 2021, with the softball season beginning Jan. 22, 2021. A maximum of 30 softball games are permitted against outside competition with the regular season, region and district championships completed by May 19, 2021.