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DIII council recommends canceling fall sports championships

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(WQOW) - The NCAA's Division III Management Council recommends fall championships be canceled due to COVID-19.

In a release Tuesday, the council said it will continue monitoring and assessing the conditions surrounding division III athletics and will make recommendations in the best interest of student-athletes, coaches and staff.

The council approved a proposal to allow schools and conferences to have flexibility in conducting and/or continuing fall sports practices and competition into the spring. The measure applies to all sports and eliminates the distinction between traditional and nontraditional segments.

“The recommendation to allow for more leniency in the application of the traditional playing weeks model should go a long way toward meeting member schools where they are it in terms of ability to safely allow for the start, pause and potential resumption of seasons,” said Heather Benning, chair of the Management Council and executive director of the Midwest Conference.

Basketball, ice hockey and wrestling will be able to start practice October 1 but maintain the existing competition start dates, the release said.

The recommendation to cancel fall championships will go to the Board of Governors and Presidents Council. The Board has the authority to suspend NCAA championships. Its next meetings are July 24 and August 4.

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