NAIA announces reduction of games for fall

By KCAC Sports Information
June 06, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NAIA national office, in partnership with leaders of the association, continues to plan for the fall season, the organization has announced.

The NAIA Council of Presidents (COP) Executive Committee met on Wednesday, June 3, and approved three national office recommendations. 

The KCAC will continue to monitor the actions taken by the NAIA and work with member institutions to prepare for the Fall 2020 start of competition as well as adjust conference schedules to coincide with the NAIA's adjustments for 2020-21.

1.  Return to Play Threshold

The COP Executive Committee approved the use of a threshold system as a guideline for determining return to play. The threshold goal is for about half the participating institutions in each sport to receive clearance from local authorities to return to competition before the season can begin. For example, NAIA football has 95 participating institutions. When half (47) of these programs gain clearance from authorities to play, the NAIA football season will be authorized to begin.

The rationale for this decision is that a significant number of institutions need to participate to offer student-athletes a significant competitive and championship-caliber experience. Additionally, the fewer the number of participating programs, the higher the likelihood for scheduling challenges leading to increased travel costs and missed class time.

2.  Start Dates

Based on input from NAIA presidents, athletics directors, commissioners, athletics trainers, and health care professionals, the COP Executive Committee approved the recommendation of practice and competition start dates for each sport. The practice start date for all sports, will be Saturday, August 15. As a result, from June 4 through August 14, any activities deemed practice by the NAIA are strictly prohibited.

The NAIA acknowledges that many NAIA campuses may be engaging in conditioning activities now or plan to as it gets closer to August 15. These conditioning activities, as long as they are not "practices," are not restricted and can take place at any time, in keeping with any institutional guidelines.

Beginning on August 15, student-athletes may practice consistent with any health and safety protocols each individual institution deems necessary. While practices can begin August 15, only individuals identified with an institution can participate in these practices. No scrimmages, exhibitions, or competitions of any kind that involve individuals not identified with an institution may take place prior to the competition start date listed below.

Competition start dates are as follows:

All sports except football: September 5 (providing 3 weeks of practice prior to competition)Football: September 12 (providing 4 weeks of practice prior to competition)

 Please note: these start dates apply to all sports that schedule practices or competitions in the fall, regardless of when the regular season is played.

The rationale behind the selection of these dates is to provide an adequate acclimatization, conditioning and practice period prior to competition for each sport, while minimizing the need for student-athletes to return to campus early. Establishing start dates also creates a more level playing field for all institutions that are able to compete this fall.

3.   Maximum Contests Allowed

With the delayed start dates, there are fewer weeks to complete the season. As a result, the COP Executive Committee approved a reduction in the maximum number of contests as follows:

Cross Country: 7 meets, down from 8

Football: 9 games, down from 11

Men's and Women's Soccer: 14 games, down from 18

Women's Volleyball: 22 dates, down from 28

The reductions are proportional to the shortened seasons and are consistent with recent feedback from presidents, athletics directors, and commissioners expressing a desire to reduce regular season costs.

Currently, the NAIA intends to host all fall national championship events as currently scheduled. The organization cannot predict what will happen in the next six months, but is optimistic that the championships will be hosted as planned.

The national office and the COP Executive Committee are currently examining various options for health and safety protocols, including testing and screening, and will share decisions related to these areas as soon as they are made.

While the focus is currently on fall sports, the NAIA knows there are already concerns related to the winter sport season. At this time, there are no planned changes for winter sports. The national office will begin to evaluate the possible impact of COVID-19 on the winter season and prioritize any decisions that will help our institutions prepare for possible adjustments, if necessary.  

The COP Executive Committee is meeting weekly in June and will continue to share decisions as they are made.

New venue for Kansas Shrine Bowl in July

By Steve Sell
June 06, 2020

TOPEKA -- The Kansas Shrine Bowl Football Game is staying in Topeka after all.

It’s just being moved.

The game was to have been played at Washburn University, but was cancelled there due to COVID-19.

But Hummer Park in Topeka has stepped up and the game will be played there on Saturday, July 18, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

McPherson High’s Cody Stufflebean has been selected to play in the game.

3 new cases runs virus number to 33

By Kansas Health Department
June 06, 2020

McPherson County Health Department reports 33 total confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in McPherson County, and one is hospitalized at this time. 25 of the total confirmed cases have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 

The first newest positive case is a male in his 30s, currently recovering at home, with known exposure to another positive case. 

The second newest positive case is a male in his 30s, currently recovering at home, with known exposure to another positive case. 

The third newest positive case is a male in his 30s, currently recovering at home, with known exposure to another positive case. 

Two of the new positive cases, along with the positive case from June 1 and June 3 (4 total), are all now related to a cluster at a private company in McPherson County. Facility-wide testing is taking place to identify any asymptomatic carriers.

This private company does not have general public access; therefore, the location will not be released. Staff at this company have been contacted and are aware of the situation. Let this serve as a reminder that COVID-19 is still present in our communities, so please stay home if you are ill and maintain your distance when you are around others. 

Symptoms for COVID-19 appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, shortness of breath, malaise, sore throat, chills, and diarrhea. If you develop any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider. You must stay home for at least 10 days after symptoms started or for 72 hours after fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and with significant improvement in symptoms, whichever is longer. 

If you develop symptoms that may indicate COVID-19, please call your health care provider. If you do not have a provider, please call your local hospital or the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753 or email  [email protected] 

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