Northwest Conference suspends competition until Jan. 2021

Linfield University Basketball CourtThe Northwest Conference (NWC) Presidents’ Council, which represents Linfield and eight other colleges and universities, announced the decision to suspend all conference competition and championships until Jan. 1, 2021 based on changing federal, state, local and NCAA health directives.

All conference competition in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, along with the winter sports of men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s swimming are now included in the suspension. The NWC is continuing to work to develop a schedule for competition for these sports in the spring semester.

“I wholeheartedly agree with the decision to suspend all competition for the fall,” said Linfield Athletic Director Garry L. Killgore. “Although it is really hard on the fall athletes and coaches, it is meant to provide the best opportunity for all of us to compete starting after the first of the new year.”

The NWC, along with its member institutions, have been working diligently over the past several months to plan for the safe reopening of their campuses this fall while prioritizing the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and campus communities.

Practice and other athletically related activities for all sports at member institutions’ campuses are permitted in accordance with NCAA Division III rules as well as institutional and state and local health directives.

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