The NAIA Council of Presidents held two meetings this week to determine the fate of fall sports in 2020. The council chose to move all fall sports championships to the spring. However, the decision on whether to play regular season fall sports has been left in the hands of each NAIA conference. Locally, both the Heart of America Conference and the America Midwest Conference are moving forward with fall competition. The Heart of America’s plan calls for teams to begin practicing August 15th. All sports, except football, can begin playing games September 5th. Meanwhile, football teams will be able to begin play September 12th.
Meanwhile, the American Midwest Conference Council of Presidents met Friday and voted to move forward with their plan to play in the fall. However, the council did keep the possibility of moving games to the spring if they can’t be completed in the fall. One member school, Lyon College, has announced its intentions to not compete in the fall. The council also approved moving all AMC basketball games to after January 1st. Member schools will still have the ability to determine their non-conference schedule for the fall semester.