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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, of which Bethel College is a member, announced Monday that the 2020 spring season has been canceled.


"All possible scenarios that would have supported a spring sports season were seriously considered by multiple NAIA governance groups," said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. "However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control's recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward with the spring sports season and championships."


All spring sport student-athletes will not be charged with a season of competition. Any spring sport athlete who was enrolled full time will be awarded two additional semesters of eligibility.


Bethel offers spring competition in men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf and women’s softball.


The BC track teams were scheduled to open the season Saturday.


The tennis teams had five meets completed and 11 regular-season meets canceled. The golf team had two meets completed and three regular-season meets canceled.


The softball team was 5-11 with 26 games remaining.


None of the Bethel teams were able to start conference play.