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COVID-19 Update Regarding Trinity College Athletics

COVID-19 Update Regarding Trinity College Athletics

Trinity College and the athletic department are closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus, is our top priority. At this time, there is no indication that the Trinity campus is affected, but immediate changes are being implemented in response to COVID-19. 

Trinity College Coronavirus Information

The following actions are taking place with regards to Athletics.

1) Following a decision of the NESCAC presidents, the NESCAC league and championship play are canceled. Further, Trinity College, like many of our NESCAC colleagues, has suspended spring sports activity until further notice effective on Friday, March 13.

Statement from the NESCAC Presidents Regarding COVID-19 & Athletics

2) Athletic facilities hours have been modified.  We will reduce outside use of our facilities and will be in direct communication with outside users of our facilities about modifications.

"Yesterday, the NESCAC presidents met and concluded unanimously that conference competition, including conference championships, will be canceled for the 2020 spring season," said Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. "We know this is extremely disappointing for our students, families, coaches, and fans. We will find ways to recognize your commitment to your sport and the college as we move forward."

Campus Community Update on March 11

FAQs

What is the availability of the Trinity College Athletic Facilities After March 13?

*All Trinity College athletic facilities have been closed until further notice.

Will my student-athlete eligibility be restored if I missed most or all of my season due to COVID-19?

*The NCAA has approved a blanket waiver for Division III spring sport student-athletes which allows the restoration of a season of eligibility. In addition, those same students will not be charged with a semester of eligibility for this spring. It should be noted that the NESCAC has not yet provided any guidance on this news. If you have questions on specifics, please email Associate AD Kristen Noone.

How has COVID-19 affected Trinity's recruitment of prospective student-athletes?

*The NESCAC Presidents and Athletic Directors are committed to helping minimize the spread of COVID-19. It is important that we heed the advice of experts and work together in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. In consultation with the Presidents, the NESCAC Athletic Directors unanimously agreed to stop all in-person recruiting through April 30th. Effective immediately all off-campus recruiting by NESCAC coaches and staff shall be prohibited. On-campus visits by recruited or prospective student-athletes to NESCAC institutions are also prohibited. Other recruiting communication such as email, phone, electronic, written, and social media communications remain permissible. This agreement will be reviewed in mid-April with an update regarding future recruiting policy guidance provided shortly thereafter.

What are some resources available to help student-athletes maintain their physical and mental health during this difficult time?

*The NCAA Sport Science Institute has several helpful resources available to college athletes.  Several of these are listed below

NCAA Covid-19 Advisory Panel Exercise Recommendations

Healthy Tips for Athletes and Athletics Personnel