With the evolving and ongoing developments related to COVID-19 combined with prioritizing the health and safety of our student-athletes and coaches, the decision was made to cancel all varsity sports competition in the fall semester. Sports impacted include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.
The start of the winter sports seasons, comprised of men’s and women’s alpine skiing, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, and men’s and women’s swimming & diving, will be postponed until January 2021. An announcement on the status of the winter and spring sports seasons is expected sometime in the fall semester.
The decision was made in concert with our primary athletics conference, the NEWMAC. The NEWMAC Presidents Council unanimously voted to cancel the fall regular season conference schedule and championships and delay the start of the winter sports seasons until January 2021.
We will continue to explore all options of bringing teams together for competitive training, group activities and workouts while following all federal, state, NCAA and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) guidelines, including the NCAA’s Core Principles to Resocialization in College Sports.
Intramurals, Club Sports, and Recreation
Low-risk intramural sport and recreation opportunities will be offered during the fall semester on a limited basis. Due to the increased expectations of extensive oversight and added resources necessary to keep students healthy and safe, club sports will be postponed this fall. The hope for the spring semester is that we will be better able to offer more robust opportunities in these areas.
Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC)
The Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex is used for general campus recreation, individual exercise, club and intramural sports, group fitness classes and activities, aquatics, and other opportunities for physical well-being. We are committed to safely providing a space to meet the need for physical activity for the campus community. Research has shown positive effects of exercise on the immune system and many chronic diseases (including diabetes, obesity and heart disease) that place individuals into higher-risk groups for COVID-19. Exercise also has positive impacts on psychological well-being. Intramural and recreational programming will be limited as we begin the semester.
The BRAC reopening will include a phased approach and an extensive operations plan that will closely adhere to or, in most cases, exceed institutional guidelines as well as CDC, federal, state, and local public health requirements and best practices to protect the health and safety of campus community members and visitors. Babson community members will be welcomed to BRAC beginning on August 24 with a reduced schedule from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our first week of operation. Hours for BRAC will be evaluated and increase with demand on the facility by students, faculty and staff.
In order to meet mandated capacity requirements, all BRAC members, including students, will be required to reserve a workout time slot in advance of arriving at the facility. More information about the new online reservation system will be forthcoming and outlined on the Babson RecFit website. De-densification, physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, and cleaning protocols are measures that will be implemented and enforced.
The College is committed to aligning all campus recreation services, policies, procedures, and communications with the aforementioned guidelines and requirements. We anticipate that club sports will be delayed until at least the second semester. However, our intention is to regrow our program and slate of offerings over time as we better understand the success of our mitigation strategies.