We continue to monitor COVID-19 while keeping the health and safety of our student-athletes and coaches at the forefront. At this time, we are pursuing a plan to move forward with spring varsity sports, specifically competing in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season schedules and championships. Men’s golf, which currently competes as an independent, also will compete this spring.
Subject to change based on health and safety data, the NEWMAC Presidents Council voted to outline a path forward that will require ongoing testing, universal masking and other modifications to game management standards as part of its protocols for student-athletes, coaches, officials and game personnel at institutions choosing to participate.
As has been the case throughout the pandemic, Babson’s decision to pursue spring seasons was developed in consultation with Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc., and in accordance with federal, state, local, NCAA and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) guidelines.
Strict adherence to the NCAA’s Core Principles to Resocialization in College Sports will be met. The number of conference competitions will exceed the NCAA’s minimum requirement for championship access. Further details on varsity athletics participation and safety measures will be provided to participating student-athletes and their families at a later date.
At this time and subject to change as adjustments are made to state and campus guidelines, spectators will not be permitted. Live video streams will be provided on the Babson College Sports Network (BCSN). BCSN is powered by BlueFrame Technology.
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.
Reservations are required and must be made in advance. More information is 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.
Reservation blocks for Monday through Thursday are as follows:
The College is committed to aligning all campus recreation services, policies, procedures, and communications with the aforementioned guidelines and requirements. Our intention is to regrow our program and slate of offerings over time as we better understand the success of our mitigation strategies.