Nighthawks Basketball Amends Schedule

The National Park College (NPC) Nighthawk men’s and women’s basketball teams announced an amended schedule for the upcoming 2020-21 seasons Tuesday, pursuant to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) plan of action regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Per the amended schedule, men’s and women’s basketball will be broken into two segments for the upcoming 2020-21 season—a fall practice season and a spring championship season.

During the fall practice season, teams are permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages between September 15 and December 15. Additionally, teams are allowed five scrimmage dates for the year.

For the spring championship season, teams may begin practice on January 11, 2021, with competition starting January 22, 2021. Teams will play a maximum of 22 games, with all regular season, region and district championship competition to be completed by April 10, 2021.

“I am very appreciative of the leadership that has been shown by the NJCAA during this process,” NPC Athletic Director Jason Hudnell said. “Both Dr. Hogan and I have been able to provide feedback to our regional and national NJCAA leadership concerning our ‘back to play’ protocols. The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is paramount while still providing each of them with a quality experience both inside and outside the athletic arena. I believe that the current NJCAA plan provides for that path. Our Cross Country, baseball, and softball teams will go largely unaffected under this new plan. Men’s and Women’s basketball will move their entire competition season to the spring semester. Our student-athletes will be in class and in the gym this fall working out, practicing and participating in scrimmage games to prepare for what I’m sure will be an exciting conference season this spring.”

Due to growing concerns of COVID-19 and contact sports, the NJCAA voted Monday to move most of its athletic competition 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."

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