Subject: Calvin University Cancels Remainder of 2020 Spring Sports Season
Date: March 13, 2020
Calvin University has cancelled the remainder of its 2020 spring sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
The announcement is made in conjunction with the MIAA's announcement this afternoon to cancel the upcoming MIAA spring sports season.
Yesterday afternoon, the NCAA cancelled the completion of its 2020 NCAA Winter Sports Championships at every level while also cancelling all upcoming 2020 NCAA Spring Sports Championships (Divisions I, II and III). The decision cancelled scheduled competition for Calvin athletes at the 2020 NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships as well as the 2020 NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships. In addition, Calvin's competition at the 2020 ACHA Division I Ice Hockey Championships was also cancelled as the tournament was cancelled yesterday afternoon.
"We believe the developments made by the NCAA, combined with the ever-changing challenges posed by coronavirus in the state of Michigan and beyond has made it clear that there is no path forward for spring sports," said Calvin Director of Athletics Dr. Jim Timmer Jr. "We make this decision this with much regret but also with great understanding of the unprecedented health challenge in front of our world. We know this is deeply disappointing and painful for our student-athletes and coaching staffs. We especially empathize with our seniors who have contributed so much to each of our teams and to Calvin athletics at large."
In the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of Michigan, the Presidents' Council of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) has voted to cancel all-conference and non-conference competitions for the spring season effective Monday, March 16.
While we recognize the disappointment that will be felt for all spring sports student-athletes, coaches, and families the continued progression and uncertainty of COVID-19 made continuing play indefensible for the health and safety for our students, coaches, administrators, support staff, and our communities.
"My heart hurts for the student-athletes as they have prepared all year, and for some their entire lives, to play this season; for many their final collegiate season," stated MIAA commissioner Penny Allen-Cook. "The senior leadership in the MIAA struggled in making this decision, but in the end, we really felt it was the right thing to do. It is imperative that we place the health and safety of our student-athletes and communities before competition."
The MIAA will work with the NCAA and the other Division III commissioners to have this season of eligibility reinstated for the spring sports student-athletes that who would like to compete next spring.
Late this afternoon, the NCAA approved a blanket waiver for all student-athletes participating in spring sports as follows: (a) Waive the use of a season of participation for all student-athletes in spring sports. If an institution continues or re-starts its season, this relief would still exist; and (b) Waive the use of the spring semester towards their limit of 10 semesters/15 quarters, regardless of whether they used a season.