The Centennial Conference and its member institutions have made an announcement on the status of spring sports in the 2020-21 academic year. In the release on Monday, February 8th, the league stated:
With the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and campus communities as its top priority, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council continues to evaluate the possibility of spring conference competition amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Following extensive discussions, the Presidents Council has agreed that it will defer any judgment for the moment to provide additional time to evaluate conditions on campuses and the evolution of the virus.
While the number of COVID cases has begun to decrease regionally and nationally, conditions are worse now than they were at the beginning of the fall semester. Additionally, new variants of the virus appear to be more contagious and more easily transmitted. The Presidents Council will closely monitor and evaluate the public health climate along with federal, state, and local guidelines in considering the potential for spring competition.
Centennial Conference athletic directors, sports medicine professionals, and conference officials are developing guidelines and protocols for a safe return to play, should circumstances permit. Alternate scheduling formats for conference play and championships are also being created. If conditions improve and a spring conference season takes place, it would likely not begin until late March and feature a truncated schedule.
Athletics is a valuable component to the student experience, and institutions will continue to find meaningful ways to engage student-athletes in athletic activities. The Presidents Council remains dedicated to evaluating all facets of this extremely complicated issue while making a final decision on spring conference competition in late February.
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.