Last Updated: Dec. 21, 2020
Atlantic Hockey retuned to the ice this fall. The 2020-21 season is scheduled to include 24 conference games. Bentley's season began on Dec. 1. No fans are allowed at this time.
The Northeast-10 Conference Council of Presidents has announced that it will suspend all intercollegiate athletics competition and championships this winter – an extension of its fall 2020 suspension – to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect the members of its college communities. At Bentley, the suspension will affect men’s and women’s basketball, swimming and diving, and track and field.
As with the cancellation of the fall season, student-athletes will continue to be allowed to practice, train and participate in team activities as long as all health and safety protocols are followed, including wearing face coverings at all times and participating in the weekly screening test program.
Men’s hockey at Bentley, which plays in the Atlantic Hockey Association, is not impacted by this decision and will continue to compete in adherence with strict health and safety protocols.
The Northeast-10 is committed to a return to competition for spring sports, whose 2020 seasons were cancelled at the start of the pandemic. The conference plans a decision in January about the possible resumption of fall competitions.
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Bentley University Athletics has adopted a three-phased approach to returning athletes to practice. There will be no practice or athletic activity in phase one, which will last for two weeks. Phase two, also two weeks, will include strength and conditioning while phase three will see athletes working on skill development.
Student Programs and Engagement is working with coaches to develop guidelines for small in-person team activities where possible. Like our approach with all student organizations, we would like to identify and prioritize what in-person activities can be done safely and within our set policies. Please note that some club sport programs may be able to operate more closely to “normal” than others due to the nature of the sport. For example, sports that are more individual in nature may be able to more easily physically distance than sports that are more team or contact-oriented. In-person competitions and large-scale practices will not be permitted to occur during the fall 2020 trimester. Specific club sports policies will be shared in the coming weeks. If you have any questions in the meantime, including what might be possible for your team, please let SP&E know here.