NAIA announces cancellation of spring sports season nationwide

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that it is canceling the spring sports season, effective immediately.

Huntington University is an NAIA affiliate. Affected sports at Huntington include baseball, softball and men’s and women’s track, golf and tennis.

“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, the NAIA had decided that 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.