Stockton, Rowan Universities Cancel Fall Sports for 2020 Due to COVID-19
Both Stockton and Rowan Universities are among the teams that have canceled all of its fall sports for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both school's athletic programs compete in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), which made the decision to not play sports this fall.
The New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Presidents Council, in consultation with the NJAC Board of Athletic Administrators, made the difficult decision to suspend all fall sport contests and league championships during the upcoming 2020 fall semester. The NJAC sponsors the fall sports of football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country.
While Stockton does not have a football team, they do have a rich history in soccer, winning the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship in 2001.
Rowan has been one of the top Division III football programs with five Stagg Bowl appearances.
The sports affected by the cancellation are football, men's and women's soccer, field hockey, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf and men's and women's tennis.
The conference did say they would explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring season of 2021.
The NJAC will pursue every avenue within the NCAA governance structure to explore the provision of a competitive season for the fall sport student-athletes during the spring 2021 semester and allow them to engage in practice and training opportunities during the fall 2020 semester.
Other New Jersey based schools in the NJAC include: The College of New Jersey, Rutgers-Camden, Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rutgers-Newark, and Williams Patterson.