July 10, 2020 

Update About Fall Athletics and Club Sports

Dear Students, 

Today, the New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) announced their decision to cancel conference competition for the fall season in the best interest of the health and safety of each of our respective campuses. A decision about the winter and spring athletic seasons will be made at a later date. We are writing to let you know what athletic activities you can expect at Connecticut College in the fall. 

As you know, the fall semester will not be a traditional semester in any respect, but our hope is to provide a meaningful experience for our varsity athletes, for our club athletes and for all who wish to continue their own physical fitness programs, while following the guidance of the State of Connecticut, the CDC, the NCAA, the American College Health Association and other specific sport associations.

For varsity athletes: All teams will able to hold in-person meetings, in accordance with our campus guidelines. They will be able to meet with their coaches on a regular basis, and they will be able to engage in team-based strength and conditioning workouts and other in-person training to advance their physical skills. These trainings will begin in small groups and may progress to larger team events if conditions permit. The NESCAC presidents recently revised the restriction prohibiting varsity teams from training outside of their traditional season, so winter teams can now begin training earlier and spring teams can meet for a limited number of times in the fall. If conditions with COVID-19 improve and fall teams remain healthy and diligent in their adherence to safety protocols, there may be the opportunity to engage in a very small amount of locally based non-conference competition later in the fall–please understand that we cannot guarantee competition as a result of the changing circumstances with COVID-19.

For club athletes: The Office of Student Engagement will be working closely with Athletics to enable club athletes to have similar guided workouts as varsity athletes. Until conditions improve with COVID-19, however, there will be no formal club competition in the fall, no visiting teams traveling to campus and no off-campus travel for competition. The Office of Student Engagement will work closely with club sport leaders to create plans that support the needs of each team. More information will be communicated with specific club programs later this summer. 

For all students: We want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to maintain their fitness, which is so important to mental and physical well-being in stressful times. The Athletics Department is establishing new protocols to manage our indoor fitness spaces. It is developing creative ways to use outdoor spaces and equipment to enable your ongoing workouts. And there will also be a range of physical fitness courses to help you in that effort as well. This work is evolving and we will keep you informed of the plans we are developing. 

The health and well-being of our community remain, of course, our highest priority. That is why we are redoubling our efforts to make fitness, training and limited forms of competition available to you. We will work to find the safest ways for you to engage in athletic activities in the fall, while we look forward to resuming competition at the highest levels of Division III in a future season.

If you have questions about what this means for you, please don’t hesitate to speak with your head coach, with Athletic Director Mo White or with staff in the Office of Student Engagement. We also encourage you to review the FAQs that are posted on the athletics website and on the Path Forward website.


Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students

Mo White
Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education

Geoff Norbert
Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and New Student Programs