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NJCAA cancels spring season

Stopped. Ended. Canceled.

The National Junior College Athletic Association canceled all spring sports, as well as the basketball championships, "effective immediately" Monday due to the widespread concern of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

"In light of the progressive involvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year," Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO said in a press release Monday. "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."

All "practices, regular season, postseason and national championship play" fall under the realm of the spring sports. Recruiting was held to a stop until April 15 for on and off-campus visits.

For student-athletes that started a season, they will not use a year of eligibility and will be eligible for the next season.

"No spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation," the NJCAA said in a press release.

Southwestern had pushed back its season to resume play April 3 Friday, with hope of resuming the season.

Now, SWCC joins the hundreds of NCAA and NAIA schools who have had its season cut short due to COVID-19.

"This is hard for a lot of people," said Southwestern athletic director Doug North on Twitter. "There is always a silver lining, sometimes you have to pray to see it."

Earlier Monday, the Iowa High School Athletic Union and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union followed suit by cancelling the spring sports season for a four week stretch.

Sunday night, schools had followed Iowa governor Kim Reynolds' recommendations to suspend school for four weeks on their own discretion.

Editors note: This is a developing story that will be updated as information is processed.

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