NCAA Division III sports powerhouse Williams is latest small college to cancel fall sports competition

Williams, the winner of NCAA Division III championships in 11 different sports, won't compete in fall sports as part of its plans for the resumption of classes in the fall semester.

President Maud S. Mandel announced the plans for the fall at the Massachusetts college on Monday:

-- Williams fall sports teams will not travel or compete during the fall semester. The Ephs are members of the NESCAC and have won national titles in both men's soccer (1995) and women's soccer (2015, 2017 and 2018). Teams will be able to practice outside in small groups if they adhere to social distancing guidelines. They may later progress to full practice activities if conditions improve. (Decisions about winter and spring sports have not yet been made.)

-- Students will be allowed to opt to return to campus or study remotely (or take a leave or gap year). Courses will be a blend of in-person and remote instruction. Students who opt to study remotely will have access to most classes.

Last week, Bowdoin, another NESCAC school, and UMass Boston announced they will not play fall sports. An announcement from the College of New Jersey about the cancellation of fall sports is expected by Tuesday.

Michigan-Dearborn, which has teams competing in the NCAA and NAIA, will not compete during the fall. It has also suspended operations for all winter and spring teams for the fall 2020 term, including its NCAA Division I men's ice hockey team.

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