Coronavirus - Athletics Suspended

Effective Monday, March 16, the NAIA has cancelled all spring sports seasons.

What will happen regarding my athletic eligibility?

The NAIA has provided relief by declaring no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

The Central Methodist University Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the academic offices within the institution, has suspended all athletic events and competitions for the 2020 spring season. The decision comes based on the continuing developments across the landscape of athletics from the effects of COVID-19.

While there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Central Methodist, the leadership team has chosen to reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus after spring break by entirely transitioning to online coursework for the remainder of the semester.

"We are disappointed for our student-athletes, Central Methodist community, and fans; however, the overall health and safety of all involved is our top priority," stated Vice President for Athletics Natasha Wilson.

This unparalleled situation creates challenges and anxiety for the entire campus community. The athletic department appreciates your patience as we navigate this rapidly developing situation. Our overall mission behind the precautions we are taking is to protect our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. There is no template for a response to this unprecedented situation we are facing globally.

"We are a family and we will pull together to navigate these challenging times," added Wilson.

Please check Central's Coronavirus information page for updates. Frequently Asked Questions concerning Central's response to the coronavirus can be answered here.