The Centennial Conference and its member institutions have made a decision on the status of fall and winter sports for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year. In an announcement on Thursday, December 10th, the league stated:
With the health and safety of its student-athletes, campus communities and the general public of paramount importance, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council has decided to cancel conference competition and championships for all fall and winter sports during the 2020-21 academic year.
Sports impacted by this decision include men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's indoor track and field and wrestling.
This difficult decision was made following several months of meetings and discussions among all levels of the Conference governance structure. Extensive strategies were evaluated as to how to safely and effectively conduct Conference competitions for fall and winter sports during the spring semester. Ultimately, a number of factors impacted this decision, including the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country, the shift of spring academic calendars to a later start, campus policies regarding travel, group size and visitors to campus, and the ability to meet recommended NCAA testing guidelines.
We understand this news is deeply disappointing given how valuable athletics is to the student experience and the educational missions of our member institutions. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to present challenges locally, regionally and nationally, the health and safety of our campuses and surrounding communities must be our top priority. Institutions will continue to find meaningful ways to engage student-athletes in athletic activities.
A decision about the possibility of spring sports competition will next be evaluated in January.
Bryn Mawr College's COVID-19 plan has established campus guidelines to keep the community safe - physical distancing, masking policies and restriction of college sponsored travel. Additional information about the College plan can be found at https://www.brynmawr.edu/coronavirus. The Athletics Department will continue to follow the campus guidelines and coordinate closely with the College to ensure 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.
If there are any additional questions or comments about athletics over the remainder of the academic year, please complete this Wufoo form.