NESCAC cancels fall sports amid concerns over coronavirus pandemic

The New England Small College Athletic Conference has canceled fall sports for 2020 as the US continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the schools’ presidents announced in a statement on Friday.

“Over the last several months, NESCAC institutions have been focused on the safe reopening of their campuses this fall,” the statement read. “Member institutions have recently announced plans for the upcoming year, with the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the broader community the foremost concern.

“In keeping with public health guidance, each of our institutions has put in place physical distancing protocols, limits on travel on and off campus, and limits on the size of on-campus gatherings. Consistent with these policies, the NESCAC Presidents have decided unanimously, though with great reluctance, that NESCAC conference competition for fall sports must be canceled for fall 2020.”

There are 11 schools in the NESCAC: Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Williams.

The league said it has agreed to modify some of its rules to allow coaches and athletes to work together in practice and training sessions outside the traditional season, in compliance with the rules of each school and local health directives.

The decision came two days after the Ivy League announced that its schools will not be participating in the fall sports season.

Bowdoin and Williams had already announced they would not hold sports this fall.

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