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Changes to Baron Athletics, Intramurals, and More

Varsity Athletics

As a member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), the University is making the following changes related to athletic competition in the fall 2020 semester:

  • To postpone fall 2020 athletic competitions in the NCAA-defined “high-contact” and “medium contact” sports of men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country until the spring 2021 semester. These sports will have the option to practice; conditions and requirements for practices are being explored in accordance with local and state regulations and NCAA and conference policy.
  • The NCAA-defined “low contact” fall 2020 sports of women’s tennis and women’s golf will tentatively be permitted to compete this fall with conference competition only, barring additional NCAA or state guidelines/restrictions. The conference will also explore logistical options for holding fall athletic competitions in other “low contact” sports such as men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and men’s tennis, which have typically held their traditional seasons in the spring in past years.
  • Tentative modified spring varsity game/competition schedules in soccer, volleyball, and cross country will be developed by the PAC Scheduling Working Group and released in the near future.
  • The University will not hold any winter sport varsity sports competitions prior to January 1, 2021.
  • Each school will follow the local and state health mandates and will communicate those requirements to visiting teams before competition.
  • Athletes will be required to do a self-evaluation each day before they are allowed to participate in practices or competition. Temperature checks will be conducted by a designated staff member or athletic trainer before a student is able to participate each day. Athletes’ temperatures will be monitored before being allowed to travel as well.
  • Social distancing policies and travel team sizes are still being discussed.
  • Travel team sizes will be reduced. Home team sizes will remain the discretion of each individual institution.
  • The current recommendation is for conference only scheduling and start dates of September 7 or 14.

A tent will be set up outside Finnegan Fieldhouse for Athletic Training staff to use to reduce indoor contact with student-athletes.

Rugby (which is not governed by the NCAA or PAC) will not hold competitions until after January 1.

Club Sports

Participation in club sports is being considered. Travel, facility availability, as well as disinfecting facilities and equipment are all being considered.

Intramural Sports

Outdoor intramural options are being considered, taking into account the implications of disinfecting equipment, social distancing, etc.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center has been reopened under the local and state guidelines for fitness centers. Machines and weights are distanced according to guidelines, and capacity is limited. All equipment is disinfected after each use. The Fitness Center will close August 1 and will re-open as soon as staffing can be arranged for the fall semester.