The NCAA has introduced guidelines for colleges and universities to use for the return to play in the fall, but it gave its strongest warning yet fall sports might not happen if the Covid-19 outbreak
is not contained.
"When we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel last spring's championships, it was because there was simply no way to conduct them safely," NCAA
President Mark Emmert said. "This document lays out the advice of health care professionals as to how to resume college sports if we can achieve an environment where Covid-19 rates are manageable.
Today, sadly, the data point [is] in the wrong direction. If there is to be college sports in the fall, we need to get a much better handle on the pandemic."
The guidelines from the NCAA
Sport Science Institute underscored the challenges many college sports programs have getting their athletes back in the fold when they return to school. The protocols cover such things as the return
to school, testing and travel for "high contact risk sports" like soccer. They include restrictions on student-athletes exposed to Covid-19 and seven-day quarantines for those who traveled by
airplane or bus back to school.
“Any recommendation on a pathway toward a safe return to sport will depend on the national trajectory of COVID-19 spread,” said Brian Hainline,
the NCAA chief medical officer. “The idea of sport resocialization is predicated on a scenario of reduced or flattened infection rates.” Action Plan: Resocialization of Collegiate Sport
The Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
and Division III Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
, Southern Athletic Association
and Southern Collegiate
announced on Thursday their decision to cancel fall sports. The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
canceled non-conference contests for the fall.
In its announcement, the Southern Athletic Association said it intends to join other Division III conferences in requesting that the NCAA move fall championships until the spring semester of 2021.
Thursday's announcements pushed to more than 150 the number of NCAA colleges and universities with soccer programs that have canceled fall sports. Suspended fall programs:
NCAA Division I (20) Connecticut:
Delaware State (W).
Loyola, Md. (M/W). Massachusetts:
Boston University (M/W), Harvard (M/W), Holy Cross (M/W). New
Dartmouth (M/W). New Jersey:
Princeton (M/W). New York:
Colgate (M/W), Columbia (M/W), Cornell (M/W). Pennsylvania:
Bucknell (M/W), Lafayette
(M/W), Lehigh (M/W), Penn (M/W). Rhode Island:
Brown (M/W). South Carolina:
South Carolina State (W). Virginia:
Hampton (W). Washington, D.C.:
American (M/W), Howard (M/W). Note:
M=sponsors men's soccer; W=sponsors women's soccer. NCAA Division II (48) Alabama:
Spring Hill (M/W).
Cal Poly Pomona (M/W), Cal State Dominguez Hills (M/W), Cal State East Bay (M/W), Cal State LA (M/W), Cal State Monterey Bay (M/W), Cal State San Bernardino
(M/W), Cal State San Marcos (M/W), Chico State (M/W), Humboldt State (M/W), San Francisco State (M/W), Sonoma State (M/W), Stanislaus State (M/W). Connecticut:
Bridgeport (M/W), Post
Goldey-Beacom (M/W), Wilmington (M/W). Georgia:
Albany State (W). New Jersey:
Bloomfield (M/W), Caldwell (M/W), Felician (M/W), Georgian
Court (M/W) New York:
Concordia, N.Y. (M/W), Dominican, N.Y. (M/W), Nyack (M/W) North Carolina:
Shaw (M/W). Pennsylvania:
Bloomsburg (M/W), California
(Pa.), Chestnut Hill (M/W), Clarion (W), East Stroudsburg (M/W), Edinboro (W), Gannon (M/W), Holy Family (M/W), Indiana (Pa.) (W), Thomas Jefferson (M/W), Kutztown (W), Lincoln (W), Lock Haven
(M/W), Mansfield (W), Mercyhurst (M/W), Millersville (M/W), Pittsburgh-Johnstown (M/W), Seton Hil (M/W), Shippensburg (M/W), Slippery Rock (M/W), West Chester (M/W) West Virginia:
Shepherd (M/W). Note:
M=sponsors men's soccer; W=sponsors women's soccer. NCAA Division III (87) Alabama:
Birmingham Southern (M/W). Arkansas:
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (M/W), Occidental (M/W), Pomona-Pitzer (M/W) Colorado:
Colorado College (M), JWU (Denver) (M/W). Connecticut:
(M/W), Mitchell (M/W), Trinity (M/W), Wesleyan (M/W). Georgia:
Berry (M/W), Oglethorpe (M/W). Iowa:
Grinnell (M/W). Kentucky:
Centenary (M/W) Maine:
Bates (M/W), Bowdoin (M/W), Colby (M/W), Southern Maine (M/W). Maryland:
*Johns Hopkins (M/W), *McDaniel (M/W), *Washington College
Amherst (M/W), Bay Path (W), Becker (M/W), UMass-Boston (M/W), Brandeis (M/W), Bridgewater State (M/W), Clark (M/W), Dean (M/W), Eastern Nazarene (M/W), Elms (M/W),
Emerson (M/W), Fitchburg State (M/W), Framingham State (M/W), Lesley (M/W), Mass. Maritime (M/W), MCLA (M/W), MIT (M/W), Mount Holyoke (W), Salem State (M/W), Simmons (W), Smith (W), Tufts (M/W),
Wellesley (W), Westfield State (M/W), Williams (M/W). Worcester State (M/W). Minnesota.
Carleton (M/W). Mississippi:
Millsaps (M/W). New Hampshire:
College (M/W). New Jersey:
College of New Jersey (M/W). New York:
Hamilton (M/W), SUNY-Maritime (M/W), Pratt Institute (M/W), SUNY-Purchase (M/W), RPI (M/W), St. Joseph's
(Brooklyn) (M/W), St. Joseph's (L.I.) (M/W), Sarah Lawrence (M/W), Union (M/W), Yeshiva (M/W). North Carolina:
Warren Wilson (M/W). Ohio:
Case Western Reserve (M/W), Kenyon
(M/W), Oberlin (M/W). Pennsylvania:
*Bryn Mawr (W), Carnegie Mellon (M/W), *Dickinson (M/W), *Franklin & Marshall (M/W), *Gettysburg (M/W), *Haverford (M/W), *Muhlenberg (M/W),
Swarthmore (M/W), *Ursinus (M/W). Tennessee:
Rhodes (M/W), Sewanee (M/W). Texas:
Austin College (M/W), Dallas (M/W), St. Thomas (Texas) (M/W), Schreiner (M/W),
Southwestern (Texas) (M/W), Texas Lutheran (M/W), Trinity (Texas) (M/W) Vermont:
Middlebury (M/W). Virginia:
Washington & Lee (M/W)
*Suspended fall sports until the
end of September when a decision by the Centennial Conference on whether to start will be made. Note:
M=sponsors men's soccer;
W=sponsors women's soccer.