KANSAS CITY — The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association has decided to suspend fall sports, according to a news release.

The Association announced Friday that all fall sports would be suspended until January 1, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the statement, the Association will explore the possibility of The Association will continue to explore the possibility of a “limited number of competitions”  in football, volleyball and soccer in the spring as permitted by the NCAA. The 2020 Football Virtual Meeting Day has also been canceled.

“The health and well-being of MIAA student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and our communities continues to be the Association’s top priority,” President Steve Scott of Pittsburg State University and chairperson of the MIAA CEO Council said in the release. “The MIAA is taking these important actions today to help our athletic departments comply with these new NCAA membership requirements, and to assist our campuses as we continue to address this public health crisis.”

According to the statement, all NCAA athletically related activities including but not limited to in-season practices, out-of-season practices, and weight training are permitted based on each institution’s ability to comply with the NCAA Policy Clarifications that were released on Aug. 11.

The Association will delay a decision on the winter sports competition schedule until Oct. 1 the latest.