The coronavirus is affecting every level of athletics, including junior colleges such as Cleveland State.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has released a plan of action for the fall and winter sports seasons in response to COVID-19. This could potentially affect athletes considering Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, which offers baseball, basketball, cross country and golf for men and basketball, cheerleading, cross country, softball and volleyball for women.

The NJCAA National Office and Board of Regents have moved many fall sports to the spring. Men and women’s basketball will begin practice on Jan. 11 and start their seasons later that month. Volleyball, wrestling, track and swimming will start on Jan. 4. Cross country will remain as is, according to Cleveland State Athletic Director Mike Policastro.

Cleveland State has had students, including some athletes, test positive for the coronavirus and he is urging everyone to stay safe.

“We are taking this seriously,” Policastro said. “Some of our athletes have tested positive and our students will have to follow protocols when they come to campus. You can tell the the NJCAA’s stance on moving the fall sports to spring that they are taking it serious.”

Visit NJCAA’s website at for more information.

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