Just like how in the late summer we started to see football programs and conferences call off for the season, the same pattern is beginning to emerge in regards to Division III basketball and winter sports in general.
As of November 17, 2020, There have been ten Division III conferences to cancel their winter championships. So far the following conferences have made decisions to cancel: New England Collegiate Conference, North Coast Athletic Conference, University Athletic Association, Liberty League, New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, Great Northeast Athletic Conference, State University of New York Athletic Conference, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference and the women’s hockey-only Northeast Women’s Hockey League. While some schools have followed the lead of their conference offices and agreed to call off sports this winter, others have not and still plan on playing. Additionally, a few schools have made the decision to not take part in any winter sports this season despite their respective conferences not making a decision yet. They are Carleton (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), Gallaudet (Northeastern Athletic Conference), Salem (USA South Athletic Conference), St. Olaf (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), and Swarthmore (Centennial Conference).
The key to there being a winter season for basketball (and other sports as well) will be for at least 50% of all Division III member schools that sponsor a given sport still participating this season. In the fall, the NCAA used 50% as their threshold to decide when to officially cancel the fall championships. That being said, all that is left for Division III athletes, parents, and fans is to hope and pray.