WHITEFISH — The start of the spring football season in the Frontier Conference was pushed back until March, 13, the conference announced today.
The season was supposed to begin Feb. 27, with practice beginning on Feb. 1. The modified schedule gives the Frontier Conference schools the flexibility to play up to five football games before the final day of the season, which will be Saturday, April 10.
The announcement came along with a plan to ensure student-athlete safety and, address weather concerns.
“These changes were the result of a tremendous amount of hard work put in by the league’s athletic directors and endorsed by the league presidents and chancellors,” Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson said.
Football practice will now begin on Monday, Feb. 15.
Paulson said the NAIA continues to employ a very flexible approach as it offers conferences the opportunity to craft schedules for various sports all the while keeping the student-athlete’s well-being at the forefront in planning.
“Along with aiding the schools and athletic conferences in numerous regions of the country, the NAIA has given a great amount of leeway in competition planning,” Paulson said. ““That leeway will allow for conference championships, a pathway to post-season play that leads to an opportunity to win a national championship. We hope in the upcoming months to turn the corner in addressing this virus and conclude the 2020-2021 athletic year on a positive note.”