Reschedule NCAA Fall Championships to Spring 2021

Reschedule NCAA Fall Championships to Spring 2021

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DIII Athletes started this petition to NCAA and

On August 5, the NCAA Presidents Councils for Division II and Division III made the decision to cancel the 2020 fall sports championships. This includes sports such as volleyball, soccer, football, and cross country among others. With over 300,000 student athletes participating among these divisions, this decision could impact close to 100,000 students who have put years into developing their skills in their respective sports.

While the decision to cancel the spring championships may have been appropriate due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, there has been over half a year to come up with a solution that allows student athletes at these levels, a majority of whom are not on any sort of athletic scholarship, to continue to compete at a high level. Postponement to the spring would add even more time to find it. We have seen many professional sports leagues return to play in the recent months in a safe manner, so there is little reason this could not be achieved at the collegiate echelon.

As athletes, we understand that safety is paramount, but recognize the fact that there are other viable solutions than simply cancelling the season championships for tens of thousands of people. Additionally, we recognize that these fear-based decisions were made with minimal, if any input from those they affect. Meanwhile, the NAIA has used the input of its student athletes to reach the agreement to postpone their own championships, while allowing players to opt out and retain eligibility.

The NCAA also cited financial and logistical ramifications as reasoning to cancel the championships, leaving the question of where the budget for a normal championship season would be going instead of assisting for a modified spring season. Thus, the NCAA shows that the money is more important to them than providing an adequate experience for its 300,000 student athletes at the DII and DIII levels.

PLEASE SIGN this petition to reverse the decision to completely cancel the fall championship season at levels below DI, and let the NCAA know that we support a modified spring season to replace time lost in the fall.

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