Message from the Interim Chancellor to Student Athletes

Published Thursday, July 16, 2020

Dear Student-Athlete,

Last week, Maricopa Community Colleges held two virtual community listening forums on a direction for athletic programs during the Coronavirus pandemic. The forums provided a space for students, coaching staff, and community members to voice their concerns and share suggestions on the state of future athletic seasons.

On Monday, July 13, 2020, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced their adjusted plan of action for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year in response to COVID-19. Following the recommendations of MCCCD’s Governing Board, College Presidents, and the NJCAA, our Colleges will tentatively move fall sports and competitions to the Spring 2021 semester. Our college Athletic Directors will be notifying the NJCAA National Office by July 27, 2020, with our intentions for the 2020-21 academic year.

Consistent with the NJCAA national timeline, the below fall and winter MCCCD sports will tentatively move to the Spring 2021 Semester with a modified season:

  • Volleyball, practice begins January 11, 2021
  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball, practice begins January 11, 2021
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer, practice begins March 15, 2021

The below fall MCCCD sports will be cancelled for the Fall 2020 season:

  • Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

MCCCD Cross Country athletic directors and coaches will work with their statewide counterparts and NJCAA officials to possibly develop an alternative competitive Cross Country season during the Spring 2021 Semester. Prior to NJCAA announcement, several rural colleges in Arizona had made the decision to move all fall sports to the Spring 2021 Semester including Cross Country.

Additionally, we are in the process of developing a Maricopa Athletic Advisory Committee to further amplify our athletic employee's and student's voices. Your input and concerns are taken seriously, and we will continue to adjust our decisions as necessary. The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and community remain our number one priority. Student-athletes directly impacted by this decision will receive further communications from their respective coaching staff.

All athletic scholarships issued to student-athletes will be honored for the 2020-21 academic year regardless of the final outcome of the decision to suspend Fall athletic programs.

For more information, please visit our newly developed webpage dedicated to Maricopa Community Colleges COVID-19 Athletics here: www.maricopa.edu/athletics.

Sincerely,

Steven R. Gonzales, Ed.D.
Interim Chancellor
Maricopa Community Colleges