The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Tuesday evening that they had postponed national championships set for the fall in cross county, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball to the spring of 2021.

“We were a bit surprised, but we are getting to the point where I guess nothing is surprising,” Dickinson State Athletic Director Pete Stanton said.

A decision on football and its playoff and championship is expected to come in a NAIA meeting on Friday.

“What is happening with the NAIA is that they are using a threshold number of teams that can play in a sport,” Stanton said. “They are using 50% as the threshold, and in the sports of cross country and volleyball, they felt that the number of schools still set to play was closing in on 50%.”

While postseason events have been pushed back, individual conferences can make their own decisions on regular season contests in the sports affected.

It looks as if Dickinson State will still compete in volleyball, cross county and golf this fall despite the decision by the NAIA.

These seasons can begin contests as early as Sept. 5.

‘The North Star should be putting something out soon, and right now the plan is to play at least part of all of those sports in the fall,” Stanton said.

Right now, football is at about 70% of teams who are still set to play this fall, and it is a full go for now.

The season can start Sept. 12 for football with practice beginning in about two and a half weeks.

Stanton, who is also the head football coach at Dickinson State, doesn’t think the NAIA will make a decision to tell schools and conferences they can’t play football.

They may postpone the playoffs, but he believes individual conferences will be able to make decisions on fall seasons like they did with other sports.