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Haverford College: First Semester Athletic Plans

Haverford College: First Semester Athletic Plans

CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE PRESS RELEASE (7/7/20)

In response to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council has been meeting diligently to address the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and their communities. As institutions finalize their plans for the coming year, federal, state, and local health guidance, as well as institutional policies, will guide their independent decisions regarding reopening.  

Given health and other related concerns, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council has decided to suspend any inter-collegiate competition for sports scheduled for the fall semester. The presidents will reevaluate this decision by the end of September, based on work to be done by the Conference to assess sports-specific activities and the experiences on the schools' campuses. The presidents have determined football will not be played in the fall. The Conference will also explore the possibility of shifting certain fall sports, including football, to the spring. 

 

MESSAGE TO HAVERFORD COLLEGE STUDENTS

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- Joyce Bylander, Interim Dean of the College
- Wendy Smith, Director of Athletics

 

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FAQs

 

Varsity Athletics

Will there be a competitive season for fall sports?
There will be no intercollegiate competition during the first semester. We plan to allow our teams to conduct small group workouts based on the latest national, state and College health guidelines.  

Will fall athletes return early to begin pre-season?
No, student-athletes will arrive on campus as determined by residential life's schedule for all Haverford students.

What will it look like to be a student-athlete in the first semester?
The athletic department will develop guidelines for structured team activities based on the most recent national, state, and College guidelines as the fall semester begins. Initially it should be expected that any team activities will involve careful planning, small groups of team members, appropriate distancing and the wearing of masks when adequate distancing cannot be maintained. All of Haverford's varsity sports will be following the same guidelines for team activities. 

When will team activities occur?
Team activities will be planned around the class schedule to allow for maximum flexibility. This may include times outside of our traditional 4-7 p.m. practice window. 

What will practice look like for winter sports?
The beginning of the winter seasons will follow the most up to date national, state, and College guidelines. Initially, it should be expected that any team activities will involve careful planning, small groups of team members, appropriate distancing, and the wearing of masks when adequate distancing cannot be maintained. 

When will decisions be made about winter and spring sports competition?
Competition and return to campus for the second semester will be determined at a later date. 

What will spring sports be able to do during their fall non-traditional segment?
Spring sports will follow the most up to date national, state, and College guidelines. Initially, it should be expected that any team activities will involve careful planning, small groups of team members, appropriate distancing, and the wearing of masks when adequate distancing cannot be maintained.

What athletic spaces will be available for use?
Initially, we will be utilizing outdoor spaces with indoor athletic facilities opening as national, state, and College policies allow. There will be new policies regarding reservation and use of Haverford's athletic facilities based upon the latest recommendations from the state of Pennsylvania and Haverford College. All athletic facilities will have health and safety guidelines that will need to be followed at all times for any group using that space. 

Will student-athletes have access to Athletic Training and Strength & Conditioning staff/services?
All of our support staff will be available to our student-athletes. Access to and use of the Fitness Center and Athletic Training Room will be structured around the recommendations and guidelines established to best maintain individual and community health. Further information will be distributed regarding the specifics of both of these areas.

Will student-athletes need to complete their medical clearance paperwork and screening/baseline requirements?
Any student-athlete that plans to participate in any team activities during the 2020-21 academic year should complete the medical paperwork requirements that were distributed earlier this summer.  

 

NCAA Eligibility

All Sports:  Under current NCAA legislation (bylaw 14.2.4.1), a season of intercollegiate participation shall be counted in the student-athlete's sport when a student-athlete participates (practices or competes) during or after the first contest in the traditional segment following the student-athlete's initial participation of that academic year at that institution.

  • Spring Sports with Fall Non-Traditional Segment (Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse): Under current NCAA legislation (bylaw 14.2.4.1.1) student-athletes participating in the fall non-traditional segment of the declared playing season, in the above listed sports, are not charged with the use of a season.

 
What does this mean for the Fall 2020 Semester?
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Please be aware that there are other ways (outside of participation with the institution) that a student-athlete can trigger the use of a season of participation. As always, please remember to Ask Before You Act! If you have questions or plan on engaging in your sport outside of the institution, please contact Melissa Cruice, Director of Compliance, to ensure your activities do not jeopardize your eligibility. 

UPDATE (July 9, 2020): Has the NCAA issued waivers for eligibility for student-athletes, similar to last spring?
Yes, on Wednesday, July 9, the NCAA Division III Administrative Committee approved a blanket waiver for participation for the entire 2020-21 season. Division III student-athletes will not be charged with participation for the 2020-21 season if their team can complete only 50% or less of the sport's maximum contests/dates of competition due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee noted that schools may be forced to shorten athletics seasons due to health and safety concerns, as well as related administrative concerns. Amending the criteria for a season-of-participation waiver would ensure student-athletes have four meaningful seasons of participation opportunities. The proactive blanket waiver allows student-athletes to make informed enrollment decisions prior to the academic year.

The full NCAA Division III Administrative Committee blanket waiver approval notice is available here.

 

Club Sports

Will club sports be able to practice or compete during the fall semester?
Club sports will not compete or be able to travel off campus to events. Practices will be organized and supervised following the same guidelines as varsity team practices. Athletics will work closely with the Student Engagement office to provide club sport opportunities.

 

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graduation requirement change?
No change has been made to the physical education requirement.  The department will offer a variety of courses, including remote options, similar to those offered during the summer sessions.