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Bryn Mawr Athletics Fall 2020 Updates

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Bryn Mawr College understands the important role of varsity athletics in the educational experience of students and recognizes the important role athletics plays in the lives of some of our students. Due to the health and safety challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, new guidelines and procedures are being planned to allow for meaningful and creative ways for our student-athletes to engage with their teams and Bryn Mawr coaches and staff while maintaining a high priority for safety.

The Centennial Conference and its member institutions released the following statement on Friday, August 14th:

Amidst the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council has decided to cancel intercollegiate competition for all fall and winter sports through Dec. 31, 2020.  

The Presidents Council's decision was made with the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and campus communities as its top priority. The decision was also based on the recent National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors' mandate of the NCAA Resocialization principles and the Division III Presidents Council decision to cancel fall championships.

Practice opportunities will be available in the fall semester per Division III protocols and at the discretion of each member institution. The Conference and its members will continue to monitor local and national guidelines regarding health and safety to make any necessary adjustments moving forward.  
Member representatives and conference officials understand the significant impact these decisions have on our student-athletes and remain ready to provide support and guidance in any way possible. Questions related to eligibility and academics should be directed to member institutions, as usual.

The Conference is exploring alternative competition options such as shifting fall athletics to the spring. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.   
"I am mindful of how hard our student-athletes and coaches have worked to prepare for fall semester athletics and the important role athletics plays in your life as Bryn Mawr students," Bryn Mawr Director of Athletics Kathy Tierney stated. "I recognize the disappointment you feel about the lost opportunity to experience a "typical" fall semester. I am especially aware of the impact the pandemic has on our seniors and incoming new students."
Bryn Mawr College's COVID-19 plan has established campus guidelines to keep the community safe-physical distancing, masking policies and restrict college sponsored travel. Additional information about the plan can be found at The Athletics Department will follow the campus guidelines and coordinate closely with the college to insure the health and safety of the entire campus community and offer the best possible experience for our athletes. Despite these parameters, the coaches and athletics staff are committed to creating a meaningful and enjoyable athletics experience for Bryn Mawr student-athletes.
Please see below for responses to frequently asked questions as well as a link where you can submit additional questions yourself.

Athletics FAQs

This section will be updated as more information becomes available (last updated 7/9/20 at 5:00 PM ET).

Will there be a full season of competition for fall sports? 

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 Conference will also explore the possibility of shifting certain fall sports to the spring.
Bryn Mawr College's rowing program will follow the Centennial Conference's suspension of intercollegiate athletic competition.
When will I return to campus? What about preseason?
Student-athletes will return to campus as directed by the College. We will not be having a traditional "preseason" practice period.
Will fall sports have the opportunity to compete at a different time during the year?
The Centennial Conference is discussing all options to provide our student-athletes a safe and competitive experience. If no competition is permitted in the fall, the Centennial Conference would consider having the fall sports play a competitive schedule in the spring. This decision will be made at a later date.
What about winter and spring sports?
Intercollegiate competition has been suspended. This decision will be re-evaluated in late September. Practices will convene under NCAA, Centennial Conference, and campus guidelines.
Will there be a non-traditional fall season for spring sports?
At this point, those sports who have a non-traditional season in the fall will be permitted to practice under the Centennial Conference rules and the campus guidelines. No decision has been made about a non-traditional competition. 
Does practice include strength and conditioning? 
Yes! Courtney Morris will be working with all student-athletes to develop strength and conditioning programs that comply with campus guidelines.
How does this decision affect my NCAA eligibility?
According to an NCAA decision released July 9, 2020, 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.
Please discuss any concerns you might have about eligibility with Assistant Athletic Director, MaryAnn Schiller (
Student-Athlete Health Screenings and COVID-19 Testing
All health screenings and COVID-19 testing will be communicated from the College and the Health Center. Student-athletes will not require additional testing before returning to campus.
Student-Athlete Clearance
All student-athletes are required to complete their pre-participation process before returning to campus. Terry McLaughlin, Head Athletic Trainer, has communicated to all student-athletes about this process. For questions, please email Terry (
Athletic Training Operations
The Athletic Training Room will use telehealth and in person appointment system for evaluations, treatments and rehabilitation of injuries/illness for all student-athletes throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.  An auxiliary athletic training room will be located in the gym in order to allow for social distancing.  Procedures might change throughout the year due to health and safety concerns.  Those procedures will be communicated via email to all student-athletes and coaches.
Athletics will not do laundry for practice gear during the Fall 2020 semester.

Physical Education 

Will there be PE classes this fall?

Yes, the PE department will be offering a variety of classes that will be taught virtually and in person. The majority of in person classes will be offered outside. 

Will the swim test be offered? 

Yes. When the pool reopens, we will have a modified schedule and individual testing opportunities via online signup throughout the fall semester. If you have specific questions, please email Pat McDevitt (

Facilities and Access 

Bern Schwartz Fitness Center 

We are working to create a safe environment for students to exercise. We will be developing policies and procedures. Once the Bern Schwartz Fitness Center reopens, it will open with reduced capacity and new cleaning procedures. Reservations will be required. 

Schwartz Pool 

Once the Schwartz Pool reopens, we will have new limited hours and capacity restrictions. Reservations will be required. 

Tennis Courts 

Consistent with our other facilities, we are developing a reservation system to allow students, faculty and staff to use the tennis courts. 

Class of 1958 Gymnasium 

When the Bern Schwartz Fitness and Athletic Center reopens, the gym will be used for athletic training, PE classes and intercollegiate athletics. 

Locker Rooms 

Locker rooms will be closed until further notice.

Additional Resources

NCAA Core Principles of Resocialization of College Sport


If there are any additional questions or comments about Fall 2020 planning, please complete this Wufoo form.