KCC cancels remainder of 2019-20 baseball season

KCC's Spring 2020 baseball team.

Kellogg Community College today announced it is canceling the remainder of its baseball season due to rapidly evolving efforts to prevent and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus known as Covid-19.

In formal action earlier today, the Michigan Community College Athletic Association – which represents all community colleges in the state – voted to cancel the remainder of all 2019-20 sports seasons, effective March 16, 2020. This cancellation includes all competitions and practices related to all MCCAA-regulated sports.

“It is heartbreaking for many of our student athletes and coaches to learn suddenly that they cannot finish their season, but we at KCC put the health and safety of our Bruins at the top of our list of priorities,” said KCC Athletic Director Tom Shaw. “We will work diligently with our student athletes on an individual basis to ensure that they continue to have opportunities for athletic and academic success.”

In a similar action, the National Junior College Athletic Association announced today that it is canceling all remaining national championships for the remainder of the 2019-20 sports year. As part of its action, the NJCAA also granted “hardship” exceptions to current athletes, allowing this year’s players to continue their eligibility through the 2020-21 season without penalty.

KCC baseball has a storied and celebrated history at the College, having qualified for the national NJCAA Division 2 World Series six times since 1999 and claiming nine MCCAA Conference Championships since 2005.

“We are in unprecedented times and we are taking unprecedented measures as an institution to prevent exposure to the coronavirus that is rapidly spreading in Michigan and around the world,” said Dr. Adrien Bennings, president of KCC.

An updated list of all event cancellations and facility restrictions is available at Kellogg.edu/coronavirus.

Today’s announcements of sports and event cancellations follows last week’s announcement that all KCC classes with any face-to-face components are canceled for this week, March 16-20, with the intention of resuming on March 23 in an online or hybrid format.

Faculty and staff are working this week to complete the transition of face-to-face classes and communicate specific details to students by Thursday, March 19. KCC students are advised to monitor their KCC email for updates regarding their classes and to check Kellogg.edu/coronavirus for institutional updates.

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