Northeast Conference Announces Delay To Start of Fall Sports
Overarching Guiding Principles for Resumption:
- The health and safety of our campus and conference community is paramount
- Decision-making around the resumption of athletics will be informed by campus policies; local, state and national governmental guidance/policies; and NEC and NCAA guidance/policies
- Each athletics department must adhere to its campus policies and protocols
Acknowledging the need for flexibility, the following recommendations will be reevaluated by the Presidents in the coming weeks, during which the conference will actively monitor rapidly evolving health crisis data, along with updated guidance from the federal, state, local and campus levels.
NEC Fall Sports Return to Play Plan as of now:
- A start date of September 10 has been set for both conference and non-conference competition; football programs are permitted to play non-conference games prior to September 10 as per institutional discretion
- Associate members will defer to full member conference regulations
- NEC institutions will confirm non-conference opponents have instituted similar health and safety protocols prior to competition
- Overnight travel will be reduced when possible
Additionally, the NEC COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee, comprised of campus medical professionals and administrators, continues to develop policies and protocols to support a safe return to play progression, and to mitigate the spread and transmission of COVID-19. These guidelines will include a phased in approach to conditioning and practice activities, detailed game day health checklists and best practices, and facility/venue expectations related to cleanliness, access, equipment needs and traffic.
About The Northeast Conference
Beginning its 40th anniversary season, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout seven states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to a number of the largest markets in the United States – New York (#1), Boston (#9), Baltimore (#26), Hartford/New Haven (#33) and Providence (#53). Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 24 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 16 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU, Merrimack, Mount St. Mary’s, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, all @NECsports.