ANNVILLE, Pa./HOBOKEN, N.J. (July 24, 2020)  – Following a watchful and extensive overview of the health and basic safety requires of its scholar-athletes, whilst also remaining cognizant of the important problems that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to existing to campus communities close to the place, the Stevens Institute of Technologies Section of Athletics, in conjunction with the Center Atlantic Convention (MAC), has manufactured the challenging selection Friday to suspend all intercollegiate athletic competitors by means of the fall 2020 semester.

“Present day announcement from the MAC is obviously in the best desire of the overall health and safety of our college student-athletes, coaches, staff and the entire Stevens group,” claimed Director of Athletics Russell Rogers. “I want to emphasize how important intercollegiate athletics is in the higher education experience of our students and in the working day-to-working day lives of all of those who perform in our division. We are much more fully commited than ever to ensuring that all of the college student-athletes get the support and appreciate the growth and progress that are at the main of our mission to the greatest extent doable beneath these difficult conditions.”

“The time and dedication offered by employees and coaches, alongside with a selection of colleagues from other places of work on campus, in preparing and preparing for the role of athletics in the fall semester at Stevens has been remarkable and signifies how considerably our neighborhood cares,” Rogers ongoing. “I search ahead to continuing this method as we go toward the begin of the college yr.”

The conference’s presidents are very well informed of the important part athletics performs in the lives of college student-athletes and are committed to discovering innovative approaches and options that will present long term competitive activities for drop sport scholar-athletes in the spring semester as conditions let. Performing alongside the conference’s athletic directors and the COVID-19 Advisory Group, the MAC presidents will continue to appraise the athletics landscape to deal with:&#13

  • Engaging tumble, winter season and spring activity university student-athletes in the slide expression with coaches subsequent all institutional, regional and countrywide health and security rules
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  • Shifting slide sport aggressive seasons to the spring, insofar as possible
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  • Scheduling winter season sporting activities competitiveness beginning in 2021
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  • Utilizing league-vast and campus protection measures for procedures and competitions when they do arise
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  • Acquiring league-huge and institutional particular and expert development programming
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“This selection was really hard, as we know how deep the enjoy of the activity is for our university student-athletes and that intercollegiate functions are an crucial component of campus lifestyle for our whole local community,” mentioned Dr. Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Chair of MAC President’s Council and Hood College or university President. “On the other hand, we are self-confident that our coaches and athletic employees will do the job with the college students to establish an participating athletic working experience for our college student-athletes though mitigating the hazard of COVID-19.”

On July 9, the NCAA issued a blanket waiver offering steerage with regards to eligibility considerations for groups who enjoy a restricted number of contests, or whose seasons conclude prematurely. The blanket waiver states that university student-athletes will not be charged with participation for the 2020-21 year if their group can entire only 50% or considerably less of the sport’s most contests/dates of competitiveness because of to the ongoing effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
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The NCAA also authorised a second blanket waiver which permits university student-athletes to acquire a two-semester/three-quarter extension of eligibility if the student-athlete is unable to participate in their sport in the course of the 2020-21 tutorial year because of to the impression of COVID-19 or if the pupil-athlete’s crew completed 50% or less of the sport’s highest contests/dates of levels of competition because of to COVID-19.  For extra details on these blanket waivers, please see the NCAA press launch.

The Middle Atlantic Meeting has set with each other a document to tackle typical inquiries, which can be uncovered below. Questions about the conference’s reaction not dealt with on its FAQ document can be directed to queries@gomacsports.com.

For much more info on Stevens Institute of Technology’s return to campus strategy, remember to stop by the institution’s “A More powerful, Safer Stevens” site. 

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