St. Mary’s College of Maryland has suspended fall 2020 varsity athletic competition and club sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of the St. Mary’s College campus community is a top priority and requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk cannot be maintained during the pandemic.
In coping with the challenges of the pandemic this semester, the College’s athletic director and the coaches are working to develop robust conditioning and intramural programs to sharpen the skills and conditioning of athletes in a public-health appropriate manner as well as enhance their leadership and citizenship skills.
Intramural Sports Program
The athletic department will implement public health-guided enhancements to the intramural sports program for the fall that will help fill the role varsity athletic competition and club sports play in the lives of all St. Mary’s College students.
- A minimum of five intramural sports are planned including floor hockey
- A phased-in approach that would include first practicing in groups of 10 people or less, with groups growing in size to full team inter-squad competitions, dependent upon NCAA and CDC guidelines, as well as the campus environment.
- Safety protocols would include prohibiting the sharing of water bottles among team members, regular health screenings, sanitizing balls and equipment before and after play, and use of hand sanitizer.
Coaches will continue to be academic mentors to their student-athletes, while also conducting virtual team meetings throughout the semester to maintain team structure and engagement.
An increased focus on diversity and inclusion efforts are planned in order to provide a platform and hold conversations about experiences of student-athletes, with outside speakers employed to virtually engage with the community to increase those efforts so our students can be active change-agents on campus.
Student-athletes were originally asked to return to campus August 10 but should now follow the fall 2020 student move in schedule found here: https://www.smcm.edu/reopening-smcm/housing/
St. Mary’s College’s fall varsity athletics programs compete within four NCAA conferences/associations: Capital Athletic Conference (men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer); Atlantic East Conference (field hockey); Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (men’s and women’s rowing); and Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (coed and women’s sailing).
The NCAA passed a waiver that will allow all student-athletes affected by COVID-19 competition suspension the ability to receive two additional semesters to complete their 4-year on-campus athletic experience. This will give students the opportunity to choose to add additional academic courses of study while also completing their eligibility in sport.
Waterfront facilities are in the heart of the St. Mary’s College campus. Opportunities for on-the-water, safe social distancing experiences where students can experience freedom and adventure on the Chesapeake will be available.
Waterfront Recreational Equipment Checkout
Checkout of recreational equipment 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily
- You must have passed campus swim test to use gear
- Follow Waterfront student-staff’s instructions
- Only use approved, cleaned gear
- After use, equipment must be quarantined and cleaned
Waterfront COVID-19 Guidelines
- On shore – one person per circle (unless living together)
- On the piers – one person between blue stripes
- Allow others free access to boats
- Unless on the water, wear a mask
- Follow Waterfront student-staff’s instructions
River Center Awesome Room is closed due to COVID-19 most of the River Center’s interior spaces have been taken off-line for social distancing purposes and to allow more frequent cleaning of other parts of the facility.
Athletics and sports facilities
The Michael P. O’Brien Athletic and Recreation Center, the Outdoor Athletic Facilities, the Teddy Turner Waterfront and James P. Muldoon River Center – will adhere to all relevant St. Mary’s College and State of Maryland policies and guidelines. The facilities will operate on reduced hours of operation and limit equipment availability to promote social distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Professional and student staff members will be equipped with the recommended PPEs and will be trained on the necessary practices to maintain a healthy environment for all patrons.
Comply with all signage or instruction regarding capacity and space restrictions when entering, exiting, and using facilities, including all campus facilities, common spaces, hallways, classrooms, residential facilities, or pathways through campus.
Sports & Recreation Facilities
- Students using Sports and Recreation facilities must come to the facility dressed to engage in physical activity and leave immediately after. Locker rooms are not available.
- Students shall sanitize recreational equipment before and after use.
- Students shall use the Recreation Courts for individual activities, intramurals, and College-approved programs and activities only.