SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College has canceled its fall sports season for the 2020-21 academic year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release by the school on Tuesday.
CCCC competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), which announced on Monday that a majority of competition will be moved to the spring semester.
“While we are very disappointed that we will not be able to compete in the fall season, we will always put the health and safety of our student-athletes and coaches as our top priority,” said CCCC athletic director Jonathan Hockaday. “We feel that this is the best decision for our student-athletes during this unprecedented time with COVID-19.”
CCCC sports impacted are cross country, golf, and volleyball.
There will be no CCCC cross country for the upcoming school year and the current plans are for CCCC’s golf and volleyball to compete in the spring. CCCC volleyball finished 4-19 overall last season in the Division III Region 10 Conference.
"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."
Meanwhile, all winter sports competitions will begin in January with a majority of championship seasons moved from March to April. These sports include men's basketball as CCCC coach Brad McDougald and the Cougars look to build on a second-place conference finish from a year ago.
The NJCAA cross country championships for all three divisions and half marathon championships will remain at their originally scheduled dates in the fall as well as Division III women's tennis.
Spring sports competition remains intact with minor adjustments to dates. These sports include baseball, softball men's and women's golf, 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.