Important Updates & Information

This page will contain important information and updates as information becomes available. Additional resources include our athletics department Twitter account [@lbcc_ad] and Facebook [/lbccroadrunnerathletics]. If you have questions we will do our best to respond to inquiries mark.majeski@linnbenton.edu.


Information and Responses to COVID-19

  • 3/21/20 
    • Eligibility Information from the NWAC Office (note: this is a complex issue and the NWAC continues to monitor what is happening at the NCAA, NAIA and other levels.)

      *Freshman Eligibility Statement

      A freshman spring sport student-athlete who was certified via winter quarter 2020 eligibility report, is still a freshmen athletically winter quarter 2021.  There are no requirements for previous quarter, GPA, or total credits earned.

      *Sophomore Eligibility Statement

      A sophomore spring 2020 student-athlete who was certified via winter quarter 2020 eligibility report is still a sophomore athletically winter quarter 2021. There is no requirement for previous quarter requirement, but must have a 2.0 GPA and pass 36 credits.

      *Freshmen and sophomore spring student-athletes who were not certified via the winter quarter 2020 eligibility report can meet the 10 credit previous quarter requirement by passing 10 credits in the winter 2020, or a total of 10 combined credits between the spring, summer, and fall 2020 quarters to be eligible for winter 2021. Sophomores also need to meet the 2.0 GPA and 36 credits accumulated requirements.

       

  • 3/17/20 | 11:30 a.m.
    • Update from the NWAC Office- March 17,11:20am: "The Northwest Athletic Conference has decided to cancel all spring sport competition and NWAC Championship events, effective immediately. This is a decision that we do not take lightly but in consultation with the NWAC Executive Board, member colleges, and other conferences, NWAC believes it makes the most sense.  It is our desire to do our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the interest of the health and well-being of our student-athletes, school personnel, and our fans.  We have student-athletes who are having to make significant decisions in a short and crowded time space."
    • Here is a link to the NWAC F.A.Q. page
  • 3/15/20 | 1:30 p.m.
    The NWAC has published a F.A.Q. sheet for member institutions, student-athletes, parents and others that may have questions. 
    • NWAC FAQ PAGE REGARDING COVID-19 ISSUES

      On Friday March 12, 2020, the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) announced that effectively immediately that spring sports season has been cancelled until April 13, 2020.  Shortly thereafter, Jay Inslee, Governor of the State of Washington ordered among other things activity restrictions for all statewide public and private universities, colleges, community colleges and technical schools, private career schools and apprenticeship training programs.  His proclamation prohibits all public and private universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship programs, and similar schools and programs from conducting in-person classes in all counties of Washington State.  Additionally he has banned all events of 250 or larger for the state of Washington through April 24.  As these are unprecedented times, there are many questions on the minds of student-athletes and their families.  NWAC has put together the following FAQ page to help provide answers and will be updated as we receive information.  WE also understand that new information may be bring more questions and we will work diligently to keep information updated.

      What spring sports are affected by the postponement of spring sports?

      The regular seasons of Baseball, M/W Golf, Softball, M/W Tennis, and M/W Golf programs have been postponed.  Thursday March 3/12 NWAC cancelled the M/W Basketball Championship Tournaments.

      Does the Governor’s date of resuming of activities on 4/24 affect the NWAC’s position of resuming 4/13?

      Presently the NWAC office is looking into this and as soon as the NWAC has answer that information will be disseminated.  This may be a decision that is left up to Member Colleges. Again, once we have an answer information will be forthcoming.

      Does this affect practices?

      While the NWAC made the decision to postpone spring sports competition, it will be up to each member college to follow their administration’s guidelines regarding on campus activities. If teams do practice, it is imperative to follow the CDC guidelines on social distancing and other preventative measures.   NWAC has no authority on the decisions made by Member Colleges regarding the delivery of instruction.  Again, the proclamation from Governor Inslee is that in-person classes are prohibited.  Athletic departments are encouraged to be creative and find multiple ways to keep their student-athletes engaged and enrolled. It is our hope that coaches and AD’s will help our athletes feel connected to your school during this difficult time.

      Does this affect current recruiting efforts this year for next year?

      NWAC believes that to be consistent with efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19, that all attempts to bring recruits on campus should cease immediately and not resume until 4/25/20.

      Will NWAC spring championships be held?

      The ultimate decision on whether championships will be held will be determined at a later date.  As this issue continues to evolve, there is no date as to when that decision will be made.  The chairs of each spring sport have been asked to work with their committees towards a return to play modified schedule.  Those schedules may or may not include championship events.

      How does the postponement of spring sports affect student-athletes eligibility?

      The morning of Friday March 13 our office made contact with our two-year contact at the NCAA office and he is working with the NCAA Eligibility council representing our two-year conferences on student-athletes eligibility.  Later in the day it was announced that in principle, the NCAA Council leadership agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all D1 student-athletes who participated in spring sports.  Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time.  It is our sense is that is a step in the right direction, but it will take time before it filters down to our level.  NWAC is fully aware of the significance of this issue for our student-athletes, parents, coaches, etc.  We will continue to have discussions with our peer conferences and other officials to get answers as soon as possible.   Those answers will be shared via our website and our member colleges as soon as they become known. 

      What about the hardship rule?

      The NWAC will extend the medical hardship rule from 20% to 60% for spring sports athletes  member colleges cancel their spring sports and/or the NWAC cancel the spring sport season before the limit is reached, Student-Athletes will not be charged a year of eligibility.  Please note this would be specific to the NWAC and we will work with the NCAA to see if they will honor our efforts.

      What about the rescheduling of the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournaments?

      After scheduling, making arrangements, and setting up two facilities, and both times the tournament being cancelled, there will be no 2020 Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championship Tournaments.  Unfortunately no champion will be declared for either tournament.

  • 3/13/20 | 12:15 p.m.
    • The NWAC office release the following statement:

      "To: NWAC Athletic Commissioners

      Fr: Marco Azurdia, Executive Director, NWAC

      Re: Spring Sports Update, COVID-19

      Date: 3/13/2020

      The NWAC continues to monitor the spread and the increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout the country specifically in the Pacific Northwest, we understand the impact it is having on our member institutions, and our athletic programs.

      After having many discussions with collegiate conference leaders, state leaders, and the NWAC Executive Board, we are following CDC guidelines. In an abundance of caution to prevent community spread of COVID-19 into communities, we have made a difficult decision. Effective immediately the Northwest Athletic Conference has suspended all spring sports competition until April 13, 2020.

      Reasons for the decision include:

      - Some schools have already informed me that they have cancelled spring sports and/or spring travel.
      - Spring sports postponement or full cancellations are happening daily at all collegiate levels.
      - This time frame gives us time to work with sports committee chairs/committees to work on a plan if spring sports resume on a modified schedule.
      - This gives commissioners an opportunity to talk with their student-athletes so that all are aware of the position from which we are working.
      - Hopefully on the medical front in four weeks there may be a better handle on COVID-19.

      While the NWAC is making this decision for the conference, it will be up to each member college to follow their administration’s guidelines regarding on campus activities. If teams do practice, it is imperative to follow the CDC guidelines on social distancing and other preventative measures..." 

  • 3/13/20 | 11:00 a.m.
    • LBCC trip to Eastern Washington to play Walla Walla and Columbia Basin is canceled. 
  • 3/12/20 | 5:00 p.m.
    • LBCC has released information for students and staff about plans moving forward for the next few weeks. The College information page on the COVID-19 response is here. Specific details about the impacts for LBCC baseball are not immediately clear, and will also depend upon NWAC discussions, recommendations and decisions coming over the next few days.  
  • 3/12/20 | 12:00 p.m. 
    • LBCC made the decision to not travel its baseball team to Yakima Valley this weekend; games are canceled. 
  • 3/12/20 | 12:00 p.m. 
    • The NWAC in conjunction with both the Linn Benton Community College and Clackamas Community College administrative teams decided  to cancel the NWAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. More