KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Wednesday, July 1, the NAIA released a set of guidelines and recommendations for schools concerning the Fall 2020 return to play. The message from NAIA President Jim Carr is below, including a link to the recommendation document.
After a significant amount of time and effort, the NAIA has put together the preliminaryFall 2020 Guidelines & Recommendations.
We appreciate your patience as we researched many options and gained input from various constituent groups to assist with these recommendations.
Determining requirements during a pandemic is a little like building a house in the sand. While we all desire the strongest foundation possible, we must acknowledge that many elements are outside of our control and can change at any moment.
These guidelines have been developed in good faith, based on what we know at this time. Our goal is to adhere to them to the best of our abilities, but it is imperative to allow for some flexibility as unforeseen changes arise.
It is also critical to keep in mind the greater good of all our member institutions as we navigate this process. Restrictions and accessibility differ by region, so many different viewpoints had to be taken into consideration. Most importantly, this entire process must be guided by the health and safety of our student-athletes.
Finally, this is still a work in progress. We are continuing to examine details and will share additional information as it becomes available. The guidelines are publicly available on both the NAIA’sCOVID-19 web page
, as well asAssociation News.