Winter Sports Season Canceled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo Valley Community College President L. Marshall Washington, Ph.D., today announced the cancelation of the college's winter sports season. The school - which competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Region 12 - made its decision amid an unprecedented spike in the coronavirus pandemic nationally.

"The college is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of student-athletes, the campus community and general public," Washington said. "Because of this, I have made the difficult decision to cancel Cougar athletics for the winter sports season. I recognize how disappointing this is for our coaches, athletes and their families. I look forward to the day that they can once again compete in a safe environment." Volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball were affected by the announcement.

A decision about the future of spring sports - baseball and softball - will be made by March 1, 2021. The two teams have canceled spring training trips to Florida, which were scheduled for the first week of March.

For more information about Cougar Athletics, contact Athletic Director Russ Panico at 269.488.4393 or rpanico@kvcc.edu.

NJCAA Announces Changes to Athletic Schedule

As of October 28, 2020, KVCC will not allow spectators for any Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 Indoor Athletic Events. Please continue to check the main Athletics Website for updates.

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Following the recommendations from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents, the NJCAA has announced its adjusted plan of action for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year. Following the Board of Regents' vote on Monday, a majority of competition will be moved to the spring semester. "Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes," stated 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."

The most recent plan of action shifts all close-contact fall sports to the spring semester. These sports include football, men's and women's soccer, and court volleyball. The NJCAA cross country championships for all three divisions and half marathon championships will remain as their originally scheduled dates in the fall as well as Division III women's tennis.

All winter sports competitions will begin in January with a majority of championship seasons moved from March to April. These sports include men's and women's basketball, wrestling, and swimming and diving. Men's and women's bowling and men's and women's indoor track and field will be held at the beginning of March.

Spring sports competition remains intact with minor adjustments to dates. These sports include baseball, softball, beach volleyball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, track and field, and men's and women's tennis.

Along with the adjustments to competition season and championship dates, the NJCAA has provided information as it relates to scrimmage and practice dates and allowances in the fall.

Championship dates are subject to change based on championship facility availability.

Questions about Cougar athletics should be directed to Athletic Director Russ Panico at 269.488.4393 or rpanico@kvcc.edu.