Centennial Conference Suspends Fall Athletic Competition

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Statement from the Centennial Conference

The Centennial Conference office and the Presidents Council released the following statement on Tuesday, July 7 regarding competition for the fall 2020 season. 

"Given health and other related concerns, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council has decided to suspend any inter-collegiate competition for sports scheduled for the fall semester. The presidents will reevaluate this decision by the end of September, based on work to be done by the Conference to assess sports-specific activities and the experiences on the schools' campuses. The presidents have determined football will not be played in the fall. The Conference will also explore the possibility of shifting certain fall sports, including football, to the spring."

Statement from Director of Athletics Joel Quattrone 

Director of Athletics Joel Quattrone offers his thoughts on the matter to the staff and student-athletes during this difficult time. 

"The health and welfare of our student-athletes and campus communities remain our greatest priority and as a result the conference has made the very difficult decision to suspend fall sports competition. It is, however, important for the conference to attempt to provide all our programs an opportunity to compete in some fashion during the upcoming year. We will continue to evaluate the institutional programming we have implemented, and keep abreast of all the information provided by the CDC, state, and local health organizations to permit us to make an informed decision concerning the future of athletics competition for all our programs. It is heart wrenching to see the emotional impact this decision will have on our student-athletes. I can only hope we are able to find a way to permit competitive athletic competition to be part of their 2020-21 college experience." 

Dickinson College Athletics FAQ's

Will there be fall sports?

Fall sports have been temporarily suspended at this time. The Presidents Council in conjunction with the Centennial Conference office will continue to evaluate the current landscape of the pandemic. Football will not play this fall but may return to a competitive season during spring 2021.  

Will fall athletes be permitted to return early to campus?

No, fall athletes will return with all other students in preparation for fall classes, which are set to begin on August 17.      

When will a decision be made about winter sports?

TBD  

Will this use up a year of eligibility for the student-athletes?  

If we do not participate, then a year will not be used. Decisions on partial seasons or the student-athlete clock will have to be determined by the NCAA. 

Will there be different rules for contact and non-contact sports?  

That will be determined first by the conference and then by what the institution decides to do. 

What will practices look like for indoor sports?

Adjustments will be made to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes. 

When will a decision be made about spring sports?

TBD

Will teams that are not in their normal season be allowed to function? Will their coaches be allowed to work with them?

Non-traditional practices will be held with slight modifications to the season. 

Will athletics facilities be open to non-student-athletes (i.e. gyms, courts, track, fields)?

It is our hope to open athletic facilities once our students return to campus.

Will student-athletes have access to Athletic Training services?

Health and safety precautions have been implemented to allow our student-athletes to receive athletic-training services.

UPDATE (7/14/20): The Dickinson Sports Medicine Staff will move to an Appointment-Only based system for the Fall Semester. There will be a link on the Sports Medicine webpage for student-athletes to book appointments for treatment. That link is also provided here Book an Appointment

Will student-athletes need to complete medical clearance paperwork and screening/baseline requirements with Sports Medicine? Have there been any changes to these protocols?

There will be paperwork required by the sports medical staff, as well as temperature checks for each student-athlete upon arrival to the facility.

Will teams have access to Sports Performance (strength and conditioning)?

Guidelines for use of the strength and conditioning facility have been put in place to permit our student-athletes to access the facilities.  

For more information please continue to check this article regularly as we will update information as we receive it from both a conference and national level.