North Star Athletic Association
Nick Huntimer, Sports Information Director
MADISON, S.D. – The NAIA Council of Presidents (COP) announced the changes to the 2020 fall sports season on June 4, due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The changes include a return to play ‘threshold’, a short delay to starting the season and a reduction tin the number of contests allowed.
“The NAIA’s announcement on the reduction of regular-season contests from 11 to 9 signaled a need for us to examine our schedule options for each North Star football program,” said North Star Athletic Association conference commissioner Cory Anderson. “The uncertainly of some non-conference opponents’ commitment to returning to face-to-face instruction or their own limitations, necessitated a need for us to create a stable nine-game North Star schedule.”
All sports can begin their team practices on Aug. 15.
The originally scheduled seven-game North Star schedule will stay intact while adding two additional games within the conference membership, beginning on the first allowable date to play on September 12.
“While not the best scenario for our teams, our coaches are comfortable and confident with knowing they have a solid nine-game schedule and are making the best of a tenuous off-season,” Anderson said.
Currently, the NAIA intends to host all fall national championship events as currently scheduled.
Below is the nine-game North Star football conference schedule for the 2020 season (all nine games will be counted as NSAA contest):
Dickinson State at Dakota State
Valley City State at Presentation
Waldorf at Mayville State
Dakota State at Presentation
Waldorf at Valley City State
Mayville State at Dickinson State
Presentation at Waldorf
Dakota State at Mayville State
Valley City State at Dickinson State
Waldorf at Dakota State
Dickinson State at Presentation
Mayville State at Valley City State
Mayville State at Waldorf
Presentation at Valley City State
Dakota State at Dickinson State
Valley City State at Waldorf
Presentation at Dakota State
Dickinson State at Mayville State
Valley City State at Dakota State
Mayville State at Presentation
Waldorf at Dickinson State
Mayville State at Dakota State
Waldorf at Presentation
Dickinson State at Valley City State
Dakota State at Waldorf
Valley City State at Mayville State
Presentation at Dickinson State