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NJCAA Makes A Major Decision On Monday That Will Cause A Major Change In Scheduling This Fall At John Wood Community College

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The NJCAA Board of Regents approved adjustments to the national landscape of athletics this afternoon in an emergency meeting with representatives from around the country.

The plan, designed with the health and the safety of student-athletes, coaches, and staff in mind, provides a clear pathway to competing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Trail Blazers at John Wood Community College are committed to the student-athlete experience – which includes publicly competing, health and safety, and campus engagement.

Here are the highlights on how it impacts the Trail Blazers:

  • All championships will be conducted in the Spring 2021 semester, primarily moving men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball from the Fall semester.
  • Men’s and women’s basketball will start their official seasons in January 2021.
  • Each program will have a 60 day window in the Fall semester to train and practice – including limited scrimmage dates. The window provides additional flexibility among institutions and programs.

Program specific details set forth in today’s approved plan:

Men’s/Women’s Soccer:

Fall Practice Season

Ø  Permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages within August 15, 2020 - November 15, 2020.

Ø  Allowed four (4) scrimmage dates in total for the year, with a maximum of two (2) scrimmages allowed in the spring. Each scrimmage limited to no more than two outside opponents.

Spring Championship Season

Ø    Practice will be permitted to begin starting March 15, 2021.

Ø    Competition will be permitted to begin starting April 2, 2021.

Ø    Maximum of 14 games.

Ø    All regular season, region, and district competition completed by May 24, 2021.

Ø    NJCAA Men’s & Women’s Soccer Championships beginning June 2, 2021.

Women’s Volleyball:

Fall Practice Season

Ø    Permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages within August 15, 2020 - November 15, 2020.

Ø    Allowed five (5) scrimmage dates in total for the year, with a maximum of two (2) scrimmage dates allowed in the spring. Each scrimmage limited to no more than two outside opponents.

Spring Championship Season

Ø    Practice will be permitted to begin starting January 11, 2021.

Ø    Competition will be permitted to begin starting January 29, 2021.

Ø    Maximum of 21 competition dates.

Ø    All regular season, region, and district competition completed by April 3, 2021.

Ø    NJCAA Volleyball Championships held April 15-17, 2021.

Men’s/Women’s Basketball

Fall Practice Season

Ø    Permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages within September 15, 2020 - December 15, 2020.

Ø    Allowed five (5) scrimmage dates in total for the year, with a maximum of two (2) scrimmage dates allowed in the spring. Each scrimmage limited to no more than two outside opponents.

Spring Championship Season

Ø    Practice will be permitted to begin starting January 11, 2021.

Ø    Competition will be permitted to begin starting January 22, 2021.

Ø    Maximum of 22 games.

Ø    All regular season, region, and district championship competition completed by April 10, 2021.

Ø    NJCAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships beginning April 19, 2021

Baseball/Softball

Fall Practice Season

Ø    Permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages within September 5, 2020 - November 15, 2020.

Ø    Maximum of 15 scrimmages (baseball) and 7 scrimmage dates (softball) against outside competition.

Spring Championship Seasons

  • Unchanged – practice begins January 10th, 2021 and competition can begin January 22nd.
  • Game maximums have not changed – baseball (56) and softball (30 dates).

Additional Notes:

  • The Mid West Athletic Conference and Region XXIV will implement additional safety protocols that has been approved by the President’s at league institutions.
  • John Wood Community College will implement institution-based protocols and guidelines designed to help keep students safe, in competition, and with our facilities in mind.

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony is the Sports Director for WGEM News.

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