The Franklin Pierce University Department of Athletics is excited to announce a return to competition for its teams, beginning with the return to play of men’s and women’s ice hockey beginning February 6 and 7.
Fall and winter sports will participate in limited competition opportunities this semester, while our spring sports look forward to participating in the return of Northeast-10 Conference play, beginning in March.
In accordance with NCAA and NE10 policy, all participating student-athletes and coaches will be subject to COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis, at a minimum. Those partaking in higher risk sports will be tested as often as three times per week.
Until further notice, spectators will not be permitted to attend any intercollegiate athletic competitions on the Rindge campus.
For more information, please visit the Athletics Website.
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.