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Ellsworth moves fall sports to spring following NJCAA decision

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IOWA FALLS (KWWL) -- The fall season will be a bit quieter this year at Ellsworth Community College. This comes after the National Junior College Athletic Association voted on Tuesday to move most winter sports to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the Panthers, that means their volleyball and football seasons will take place alongside baseball and softball beginning in March. ECC Athletics' Director Nate Forsyth called the decision a positive move.

"Our coaches were excited because they know we're going to play," said Forrsyth, "and they know that we still get to practice as opposed to the alternative."

With two extra sports competing in the spring, Forsyth says scheduling could get a bit complicated. That goes along with unpredictable weather early in the year.

"We may have to shovel the football field off, or we may have to move some games around," Forsyth admits, "so that's going to be tricky."

The NJCAA's decision also affects winter sports with competition now pushed back until January. Practices and scrimmages will still allowed with certainly safety guidelines in the fall.

Mark Woodley

Sports Anchor

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