Last Updated: August 24, 2020
The Northeast-10 Conference, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep student-athletes safe, has suspended intercollegiate athletics competition this fall, through Dec. 31, 2020. At Bentley, team activities, practices and training opportunities will be held in compliance with Bentley and NCAA guidelines.
Bentley and other Northeast-10 schools have been working hard to prepare to reopen campuses this fall, consulting with public health experts and relying on medical guidelines to create safe learning environments. Holding an intercollegiate athletics season would go against some of the same social distancing requirements, travel restrictions and limits on group gatherings that we are enacting to protect our health and safety on campus this fall.
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.