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Football FAQ

We understand that you have many questions and will have more in the future. We’ve tried to answer some of those questions that we’ve collected and that you may have. Please review our first wave of frequently asked questions as a way to help inform you as we navigate the 2020-21 athletic season, together.

If you have additional questions, we encourage you ask them. We promise we will answer them as fully and honestly as we can, and to update this page as we begin to collect more questions. Please contact your position or recruiting coach with further questions.

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How was this decision made?

This decision was made based on careful consideration and consultation with HCAC leaders, faculty representatives, health care professionals and coaches.  Ultimately conference presidents made the decision to suspend competition in the high risk sports with the health and safety of student-athletes in mind.  We will work diligently and are committed to developing an engaging and meaningful experience for student-athletes this fall which will hopefully include competitive opportunities as well.  Many conferences and schools around our region have made similar decisions and many have postponed all sports.  We will continue to develop ways to be creative this fall and also create a safe environment for all.

 

What sports does this impact?

Unfortunately, the sports of football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball are most impacted.  We plan on moving forward with HCAC competition in the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s golf.  We are also developing plans for cheerleading.

 

Does this decision change our move-in dates?

Yes, for some of the sports (Football, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, Cheerleading) this will affect the move-in dates.  If you participate in one of these activities, you will receive correspondence from our Residence Life Staff regarding adjusted dates.  For the sports of Women’s Golf, Women’s Tennis and Cross Country, the move-in dates that were originally set will not change.

 

What will it be like to participate on a team during the fall semester?

Return to play protocols will be developed for each sport to allow for an athletic experience without conventional competition within the parameters of federal, state, institutional, conference and NCAA guidance.  In the meantime, we plan for teams to be able to practice and train under coach supervision, as long as they comply with all safety standards.  We are hopeful to also provide some competitive opportunities to enhance the student-athlete experience this fall.

 

Will this decision affect spring sports in their non-traditional season?

At this time, we do not anticipate any changes in the sports of baseball and softball in their non-traditional seasons.  We will follow NCAA guidelines and competitive opportunities will exist for those teams.

 

Will winter teams be able to participate during the fall semester?

No decision has been made regarding the winter sports of men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling.  Currently, plans are to begin practice and training on October 1, 2020. 

 

When will decisions be made about winter and spring competition?

Decisions about winter and spring sports will be made at a later date, most likely well into the fall semester.  We will monitor public health guidance and continue to work with local, state and federal health authorities as well as the HCAC and NCAA to make any decisions.

 

Will there be an opportunity for fall sports to have a competitive season in the spring semester?

The NCAA issued a waiver that will allow fall sports to compete in the spring.  The HCAC is working diligently to create a revised schedule for competition during the spring semester for the affected fall sports,  assuming public health conditions improve. 

 

Will practicing affect my NCAA eligibility?

No.  For Division III student-athletes, participation in workouts, training, meetings or practices in their usual season during the fall semester will not trigger the use of a season of participation. 

Additionally, the NCAA recently issued a blanket waiver that states that D3 student-athletes will not be charged participation for the 2020-21 season if their team can complete only 50% or less of the sport’s maximum contestes/dates of competition due to the impact of COVID-19.  The NCAA also issued a blanket statement stating that a student-athlete will receive a two semester extension of eligibility (towards their 10-semester total) if they are unable to participate due to COVID-19 or if their team completes 50% or less of that sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition. 

 

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