NJCAA Updates 2020-21 Sports Plans

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The National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) released an updated plan of action for the 2020-21 athletics seasons on July 13, moving the majority of competition to the spring semester. 

For Collin College, the NJCAA update means a shift in the regular schedule so that the scrimmages are allowed in the fall and winter, but competition will not begin until January. 

"We are still moving ahead with sports this year," Athletics Director Dr. Albert Tezeno said. "Basketball usually begins in late October, but this year we won't have games in the fall semester, only scrimmages. We don't usually have any conference games during that time anyway. Our conference usually starts in January."

The teams are allowed five scrimmage dates for the year and scrimmages will be limited to two outside opponents to limit exposure between schools. Basketball teams are limited to a maximum of 22 games, roughly the same number as a regular season. 

Likewise, tennis plays some matches in the fall, but the men's and women's teams will be limited to scrimmages. The tennis teams will be allowed a maximum of 35 dates against outside competition combined between fall and spring. The teams can begin practicing in September.  

The shift will also push back championship tournament dates. In the case of basketball, that means post-season competition will begin in April instead of March. Tennis nationals will be pushed back a week to May 17-21, 2021. Collin College is scheduled to host the Division I Men's National Championships on those dates.