The NCAA Division III championships for fall sports this upcoming season have been canceled.
According to a press release from the NCAA Division III Presidents Council, the decision was made Wednesday "due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related administrative and financial challenges."
On Wednesday, the Board of Governors directed each division to make a decision on its fall sport championships. It also requires all members institutions to apply the resocialization principles to fall sports and set a 50% sponsorship threshold for a fall sport championship to be conducted.
“Looking at the health and safety challenges we face this fall during this unprecedented time, we had to make this tough decision to cancel championships for fall sports this academic year in the best interest of our student-athlete and member institutions,” said Tori Murden McClure, chair of the Presidents Council and president at Spalding in the release. “Our Championships Committee reviewed the financial and logistical ramifications if Division III fall sports championships were conducted in the spring and found it was logistically untenable and financially prohibitive. Our Management Council reached the same conclusion. Moving forward, we will try to maximize the championships experience for our winter and spring sport student-athletes, who unfortunately were short-changed last academic year.”
This decision impacts football, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, field hockey and men's national collegiate water polo.