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The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) has announced its decision to suspend all athletic competition for the Fall 2020 semester. This was an extremely difficult decision, which was made only after a great deal of deliberation. The conference considered all options and strategized extensively to discern ways in which competition could take place this season. Ultimately though, based on the federal, state and campus information and guidelines at this time, the decision not to participate in fall intercollegiate competition was made with the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members at the forefront.
Fall student-athletes will return to campus with all Curry students beginning on August 10. Please monitor your Curry email closely for communications from the Office of Housing and Residential Life concerning your move in date and related details. Coaches will contact student-athletes soon thereafter to provide information on practices, workouts, and other related matters.
At this time, the CCC is still considering plans of action for the remainder of the fall semester, including winter sports that are scheduled to start their seasons this fall. Currently a proposed start date of January 1 has been established for competition, but this date will be re-evaluated throughout the fall semester as the current NCAA and public health landscape evolves. Practice opportunities for winter sports will still occur in the fall, following institutional, state and public health guidelines for health and safety. Per the CCC, spring sports currently remain on schedule as planned, with the exception of canceling their non-traditional fall play date. In addition, should NCAA legislation permit fall sports teams to conduct athletic activities and competition in the Spring 2021 semester, CCC schedules and championships may be adjusted accordingly. Final determinations will be made at a later date.
Curry Athletics department staff will be working with coaches to develop guidelines on conditioning and strength training, as well as practice opportunities that will allow student-athletes to conduct safe training in some capacity upon their return to campus, if state guidelines and health and safety conditions allow. Though the season will most certainly be different from any before it, we will continue to explore ways for our student-athletes to actively engage with their coaches and teammates, including the possibility of competing during the spring season.
As at the College at large, a number of protocols and policies will be enacted for the safety of both student-athletes and the entire community engaged in athletic or fitness activity, including requiring personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, sanitary and disinfection processes, safe and appropriate care of student-athlete injuries, amongst others.
Intramurals will be held on campus in the fall, following guidelines outlined by the Commonwealth reopening plan under Adult Amateur Sports Activities. A schedule and additional league information will be forthcoming. The Fitness Center will be open with extended hours and registration required for use in order to ensure social distancing.