The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Board of Directors announced today that it has canceled all fall competitions and championships, and has suspended all sports through December 31st.

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NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind said that the league's initial decision to delay the start of the fall sports season was made with the rationale to allow campuses the ability to focus solely on reopening safely.

“The league’s initial decision to delay the start of fall sports was made with the rationale to allow campuses the ability to focus solely on reopening safely for their broader university communities,” said NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind. “In light of the recent decisions made by the NCAA Board of Governors, it is no longer feasible to conduct outside competition this fall semester. Our student-athletes deserve a competitive experience that provides a greater degree of safety and certainty than current conditions would allow. We believe now is the right time to provide clarity to our student-athletes so we can turn our efforts towards helping institutions reopen and ensuring a safe return to campus to start the academic year.”

The NSIC said in a statement that the league recognizes the value an NCAA championship experience provides for student-athletes and that was a factor in the analysis. However, health and safety concerns prevailed in the league's decision.

The league also noted that while the NSIC won't conduct a league schedule for 2020 fall sports, the league is committed to exploring meaningful opportunities and experiences for fall student-athletes in the spring, if it can be done reasonably and safely.

The conference will continue to monitor the landscape and conditions surrounding the pandemic, locally, regionally, and nationally, and make any decisions or announcements, as necessary.