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NJCAA Announces Updated Plan of Action for 2020-2021 Academic Year

NJCAA LogoCharlotte, NC – Following the recommendations from the NJCAA Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents, the NJCAA has announced its adjusted plan of action for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. Following the Board of Regents’ vote on Monday, a majority of competition will be moved 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.”

The most recent plan of action shifts all close-contact fall sports to the spring semester. These sports include football, men’s and women’s soccer, and court volleyball. The NJCAA cross country championships for all three divisions and half marathon championships will remain as their originally scheduled dates in the fall as well as Division III women’s tennis.

All winter sports competitions will begin in January with a majority of championship seasons moved from March to April. These sports include men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, and swimming and diving. Men’s and women’s bowling and men’s and women’s indoor track and field will be held at the beginning of March.

Spring sports competition remains intact with minor adjustments to dates. These sports include baseball, softball, beach volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, track and field, and men’s and women’s tennis.

Along with the adjustments to competition season and championship dates, the NJCAA has provided information as it relates to scrimmage and practice dates and allowances in the fall.

Championship dates are subject to change based on championship facility availability.

 

NJCAA MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

• Permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages within September 15, 2020 – December 15, 2020.

• Allowed five (5) scrimmage dates in total for the year, with a maximum of two (2) scrimmage dates allowed in the spring. Each scrimmage limited to no more than two outside opponents. Spring Championship Season

• Practice will be permitted to begin starting January 11, 2021.

• Competition will be permitted to begin starting January 22, 2021.

• Maximum of 22 games.

• All regular season, region, and district championship competition completed by April 10, 2021.

• NJCAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships beginning April 19, 2021.

 

NJCAA MEN’S & WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY & HALF MARATHON 

• Practice will be permitted to begin starting August 1, 2020.

• Competition will be permitted to begin starting August 20, 2020.

• Maximum of ten (10) competition dates combined for cross country and half marathon.

• NJCAA Division I and Division II Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championship held November 14, 2020, at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA.

• NJCAA Men’s and Women’s Half Marathon Championship held November 17, 2020, at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA.

2020-21 NJCAA Updated Plan of Action

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Levelland Loboette Volleyball 2020

Loboette Volleyball 2020

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Morton Indians Football 2020

Morton Football 2020

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Sundown Football Schedule for 2020

Sundown Football 2020

NJCAA Floating Spring Semester Only Plan for Athletics

NJCAA LogoWhile the NJCAA Board of Regents will not weigh in until Monday July 13th, Dr. Christopher J. Parker, NJCAA President and CEO, shot a shock wave through the college ranks on Thursday pitching a spring semester only plan for athletics.

According to a twitter from the NJCAA account, “The NJCAA Presidential Advisory Council along with the NJCAA Board Chair have recommended that a majority of NJCAA competition move to the spring September 2021.  The organization is finalizing the plans that provide engagement, safety, and regional leadership to support our student-athletes during the fall and spring semesters.”

According to the announcement, the NJCAA individual regions are discussing the changes and the NJCAA Board of Regents will be meeting on Monday July 13th where an official plan of action will be decided.

“We must adjust accordingly to support and sustain NJCAA programs, the association as a whole is collectively working to provide the best opportunities to be successful on and off the field for our student-athletes,” said Dr. Parker in the statement via Twitter.

EDITORIAL COMMENTS written by Michael Wiiest, KLVT Sports:
For the South Plains College Texans and Lady Texans, this could obviously move a basketball season from starting in November and ending in March to starting possibly in January and ending in May.

As far as cross county is concerned for South Plains, it certainly could jeopardize the season entirely as a move to spring would directly conflict with the indoor and outdoor track and field schedules.

As for rodeo, they run a split schedule typically featuring five rodeos in the fall and five in the spring so in theory, relocating several rodeos by several months would seem at least very difficult.  The other option for the South Plains Rodeo would be the loss of about half their competitions.

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New Mexico Governor Says No Contact Sports this Fall

LujangrishamWhile Utah has already set their fall sports, Colorado is preparing for them and Texas seems confident in a fall season, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has told New Mexico schools that contact sports such as soccer and football are not allowed this fall via a governor’s order.

In Thursday afternoon’s COVID-19 press conference from Governor Grisham announced contact sports such as football and boys and girls soccer would not be allowed under the updated public health order put in place beginning Monday.

“No contact sports are going to be permitted this fall,” Grisham said. “This has been a decision we’ve been doing a fair amount of handling on. Sports are incredibly important to the individuals who play them. We are clear about that.

The New Mexico Activities Association said it would look to hold football and soccer seasons in the spring beginning in February.

Grisham said non-contact sports such as cross-country, golf and tennis would continue to be reviewed during July with hopes those sports could be played as regularly scheduled.

Levelland Golf Sets Fundraiser Tournament

LoboBaseballLogoThe Levelland High School and Middle School golf teams have set their fundraiser tournament for 2020.

The four person scramble will be held at the Levelland County Club Monday August 3rd with lunch at 11:30am and tee off at 1:00pm.

The four person scramble is $400 per team, $100 for a hole sponsorship, $40 for mulligans and $30 per cart for two riders.

If you need more information contact Coach Rebecca Grunder at (806) 893-8550, Coach Stan Weatherred at (806) 893-1975 or Levelland Country Club Golf Pro Chad Davis at (806) 894-3288.

Remember, half of all entry fees will go toward prizes while the other half along will all other proceeds go to support Levelland Golf teams at both the high school and middle school.

Former Lobo Lands Coaching Slot at Lamesa

Jones 2014 SeasonA former Levelland Lobo standout at wide receiver should fit right into his first coaching role as Trenton Jones has landed the spot of Receiver Coach at Lamesa ISD.

The 2014 graduate of Levelland High School is no stranger to being the favorite wide out as he hauled in 80 catches for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior year.

Jones was certainly part of the rebuilding of the program as the Lobos ended a seven year playoff drought and won their first playoff game 18 seasons under then head coach Jarred Sanderson.

Jones spent last season at the Levelland Middle School working with the ACE after school program.

According to Pete Christy from KCBD sports in Lubbock, Lamesa Head Coach Joseph Hood was excited to add Jones to the coaching staff.

Congratulations to our Lobo Trenton Jones!

UIL Recommends Suspension of Summer Workouts and Practices

UILWhile COVID-19 numbers continue to spike, the University Interscholastic League is encouraging schools to suspend workouts and practices.

According to a Twitter post from the UIL:

“In anticipation of the July 4th holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could spread COVID-19, UIL is recommending schools consider closing summer workouts, rehearsals, practices and instruction between July 3rd and July 12th, resuming July 13th.

“For schools in areas experiencing community spread of COVID-19, this temporary suspension will reduce risk of exposure and provide an opportunity to review current plans and re-evaluate local context in order to make informed decisions moving forward.

UIL will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance to determine any potential modifications to UIL summer guidelines.”

After one positive test at Levelland ISD late last week, Lobo and Loboette athletics shutdown summer workouts for this week and had already took the next week off creating a two week break for the program.

Levelland ISD Suspends Summer Strength and Conditioning for One Week

 

 

  

Levelland Youth Football Shelved Due to Covid-19

Youth Football LogoThe High Plains Youth Football League, featuring teams from around the area including Levelland, have shelved the league for 2020 due to the fear of Covid-19.

According to a post via the Levelland HPYFL Facebook page, the league consulted with several school athletic directors in the decision making process.

“Due to pandemic of Covid-19, HPYFL will not have a 2020 season. This was a long a hard decision. Many AD’s from several towns were consulted for direction and all towns in the league felt it was the right move to cancel the season.”

The league noted while the decision may not be the popular one but they felt it was the right decision for the league with the Covid-19 pandemic still dominating the conversation.

“Although this might not be the popular vote, we feel it’s the right thing to do for the safety and well being of our athletes and their families. Thanks for understanding,” said the league via Facebook.