MACC announces football season delayed until Oct. 1

MACC announces football season delayed until  Oct. 1

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The MACC announced Friday its decision to delay the start of the 2020 football season until Oct. 1.

The move comes on the heels of the NJCAA previously announcing its decision to play the majority of its fall sports in the spring.

The MACC originally abstained from the NJCAA's Board of Regents vote, opting for more time to come to a resolution.

The MACC's presidents voted Friday to implement a six-game, division-only schedule. The season will conclude with a playoff.

"The MACC will continue to evaluate COVID-19 and its impact on our student-athletes," the MACC said in a statement.

Pearl River's other NJCAA fall sports — specifically volleyball and soccer — were previously moved to the spring semester.

Additionally, basketball will begin in January. 

Spring sports, such as softball and baseball, will remain intact with adjusted dates.

Rodeo, which has fall and spring schedules, is not a NJCAA sport and is instead sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The NIRA is currently planning to move forward with its fall schedule.

For more information on the MACC's decision, please contact Commissioner Steve Martin, ​Mississippi Association of Community College's Athletic Commissioner​ at ​smartin@mccb.edu​.

Below are specifics provided by the NJCAA as they pertain to PRCC's programs:

NJCAA MEN'S & WOMEN'S SOCCER 
Fall Practice Season 

  • Permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages within August 15, 2020 - November 15, 2020. 
  • Allowed four (4) scrimmage dates in total for the year, with a maximum of two (2) scrimmages allowed in the spring. Each scrimmage limited to no more than two outside opponents. 

Spring Championship Season 

  • Practice will be permitted to begin starting March 15, 2021. 
  • Competition will be permitted to begin starting April 2, 2021. 
  • Maximum of 14 games. 
  • All regular season, region, and district competition completed by May 24, 2021. 
  • NJCAA Men's & Women's Soccer Championships beginning June 2, 2021. 

NJCAA COURT VOLLEYBALL 
Fall Practice Season 

  • Permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages within August 15, 2020 - November 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 29, 2021. 
  • Maximum of 21 competition dates. 
  • All regular season, region, and district competition completed by April 3, 2021. 
  • NJCAA Volleyball Championships held April 15-17, 2021.

NJCAA MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 

Fall Practice Season 

  • 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 BASEBALL 

Fall Practice Season 

  • Permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages within September 5, 2020 - November 15, 2020. 
  • Maximum of 15 scrimmages (not dates) against outside competition. 

Spring Championship Season 

  • Practice will be permitted to begin starting January 10, 2021. 
  • Competition will be permitted to begin starting January 22, 2021. 
  • Maximum of 56 games (not dates) against outside competition. 
  • All regular season, region, and district competition completed by May 23, 2021. 
  • NJCAA Division III Baseball Word Series held May 29, 2021 - June 2/3, 2021. 
  • NJCAA Division I Baseball World Series held May 29, 2021 - June 4/5, 2021. 
  • NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series held May 29, 2021 - June 4/5, 2021. 

NJCAA SOFTBALL 

Fall Practice Season 

  • Permitted 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages within September 5, 2020 - November 15, 2020. 
  • Maximum of seven (7) scrimmage dates against outside competition. 

Spring Championship Season 

  • Practice will be permitted to begin starting January 10, 2021. 
  • Competition will be permitted to begin starting January 22, 2021. 
  • Maximum of 30 dates against outside competition. 
  • All regular season, region, and district competition completed by May 19, 2021. 
  • NJCAA Division I Softball Championship held May 25-29, 2021. 
  • NJCAA Division II Softball Championship held May 25-29, 2021. 
  • NJCAA Division III Softball Championship held May 27-29, 2021. 

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NJCAA LINK: https://www.njcaa.org/general/2019-20/releases/20200713l9o7t8