The Lamar State College Port Arthur softball team, along with all other NJCAA spring sports, is facing a suspension of activity as a precaution with the current spread of the COVID-19 virus, or coronavirus.
The Seahawks were scheduled to play Blinn College and San Jacinto College this weekend but as the evolution of the COVID-19 situation became more evident, the NJCAA national office opted to suspend all activity until at least April 3.
“As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it impacts our member colleges, the NJCAA has made the decision to suspend all spring competition beginning Saturday, March 14 through Friday, April 3 along with the postponement of basketball championships until April 20,” a release from the national office read.
According to the release, the NJCAA is also extending the hardship season completion ruling to 60%. Should teams cancel their season before the 60% limit is reached, student-athletes will not be charged a year of eligibility. For the 2020-21 season, the NJCAA is also increasing its allowable number of Letters of Intent which will be vetted by the Eligibility Committee.
“Our goal is to look after the safety and security of all involved, while also still providing a pathway to allow opportunities for our student-athletes and the ability to compete for a national championship. The NJCAA will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed,” according to the release.
The Seahawks softball team currently has 13 players, including six sophomores who are playing in their second year of eligibility.