Athletics: NJCAA cancels spring sports, no CLC baseball and softball
The Central Lakes Raiders will not be playing a spring season.
In a press release Monday, the NJCAA announced the cancellation of spring sports and basketball championships effective immediately. This includes Raiders baseball and softball.
"In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year," NJCAA President and CEO Christopher Parker said in the release. "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."
Regarding eligibility for spring sports, no spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation.
“That is a really good thing,” Central Lakes head baseball coach Brian Voigt said regarding eligibility. “The one downsize with that is there are some kids who are out of classes. So, they get their year back to play, but some of them are 120% done with classes. They took some extra classes so they could be a full-time student this spring. And those are the kids that it’s really going to suck for.”
Voigt did not have much to say on the matter of the spring season getting canceled, just that it’s a safety concern.
“It sucks for the kids, because they work so hard,” Voigt said. “I guess the bright side is we got to play a couple games. I don’t know what to think of it all. We got to keep everyone safe.”