Athletics at BPCC canceled for remainder of spring semester

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Charlie Cavell, BPCC Athletic Coordinator

With guidance from the Governor’s Office and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Bossier Parish Community College has decided to cancel both practice and competition for the remainder of the school year for all spring sports — baseball, softball and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.

The decision comes in conjunction with preventative measures taken by the National Junior College Athletics Association, Region XIV and campus officials in regard to the spread of COVID-19.

All spring sports will cease practices, individual and team workouts as well as games effective the end of the day Monday, March 16.  The NJCAA has instructed its member institutions that spring sport athletes will be granted a hardship for this season and not be charged with a season of eligibility.

“With the safety and well-being of BPCC student-athletes foremost in mind, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the season for all of our spring sports,” said BPCC Athletic Director John Rennie. “We feel this decision is in the best interest of our student-athletes given the challenges of the current situation and concerns that conditions could worsen. I fully understand how difficult this decision is for everyone involved in Cavalier Athletics, particularly our sophomores. This decision did not come easily and was made with much consternation. This is a period of extraordinary uncertainty, but we felt it was a decision that was in the best interests of our student-athletes.”

BPCC has extended its Spring Break through March 20. Beginning March 23, the college will transition to online instruction, which will continue for the remainder of the spring semester.