Over the summer, the Department of Athletics assembled a 12-person Return to Play Committee, which included representatives from across the University. The committee was tasked with creating policies to allow for student-athletes to safely return to training and competitive situations upon their return to campus in the fall. The guidelines include a phased return to activity which begins with small groups and operations modified to account for physical distancing. Throughout the process, Franklin Pierce will continue to monitor policies and best practices provided by the NCAA and the Northeast-10 Conference, and will adapt its plan accordingly. For more information, please visit the Athletics Website.
The Council of Presidents of the Northeast-10 Conference voted unanimously on Thursday, July 16, to suspend all NE10-sponsored competition and championships through December 31 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more.
Franklin Pierce’s intercollegiate athletics participation will be conducted within the best practices and guidelines issued by the NCAA, the Northeast-10 Conference and the other leagues in which our teams participate. Our top priority is the health and safety of both our student-athletes and those visiting our campus from peer institutions.
In addition to our 12-person, internal “Return to Play” committee, discussions regarding the parameters of intercollegiate athletics for 2020-21 remain ongoing within both the NCAA and Northeast-10.
The return to practice and competition by our student-athletes will occur in phases. Student-athletes will first return to practice and conditioning in small groups before ramping up to full-team activities and, ultimately, intercollegiate competition.
Due to the close contact required for practice, conditioning and competition, regular health screenings will be conducted for all student-athletes. Questionnaires, temperature checks and screening for COVID-19 symptoms will be administered by our Athletic Training staff. Student-athletes will be referred for COVID-19 testing as appropriate.
Discussions remain ongoing regarding the fan experience at on-campus Athletics events. We expect policies to evolve throughout the course of 2020-21 and Franklin Pierce will continue to abide by all local, state and federal guidelines regarding group gatherings.
More information on the fan experience will be provided as it becomes available.
The fan experience at off-campus venues, such as the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena at the Winchendon School, will be dictated by the policies of the venue.
Franklin Pierce University and the Department of Athletics are committed to providing a safe and healthy experience for all student-athletes visiting our campus from peer institutions. The “Return to Play” committee is currently developing policies related to locker room usage/sanitation, visiting team arrival/departure and other aspects of the game day experience. These policies will be communicated to visiting teams in advance of their travel to Rindge.
The Franklin Pierce Athletic Training staff will work with their counterparts at visiting institutions to ensure proper health screenings are being conducted for all student-athletes who visit our campus.
For more information, please visit our athletics website at fpuravens.com.