NESCAC COVID-19 Information

  • For the latest COVID-19 policies and protocols please visit the institutional links below
    Amherst
    Bates
    Bowdoin
    Colby
    Connecticut College
    Hamilton
    Middlebury
    Trinity
    Tufts
    Wesleyan
    Williams

  • Jan. 31, 2022 - NESCAC Announces Modified Basketball and Ice Hockey Championships and Updated Spectator Policy

    Due to COVID-19 protocols creating challenges for NESCAC teams to reschedule games this winter and the potential for a disparity in the number of regular-season conference games played, the NESCAC membership has agreed to modify the basketball and ice hockey championships for the 2021-22 season. All NESCAC teams will be included in this year’s basketball and ice hockey championship fields. Furthermore, any conference game not able to be played will be declared a no contest.

    The basketball regular season is scheduled to conclude on February 13 and seeds will be determined by conference winning percentage. First-round and quarterfinal games for the NESCAC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships will be held the weekend of February 18-20. The semifinals and championship games will be held on February 26 and 27, respectively.

    The ice hockey regular season will finish on February 20 and seeds will be determined by points percentage. The NESCAC Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Championship will begin with first-round and quarterfinal games on the weekend of February 25-27. The semifinals and the final will be held on March 5 and 6, respectively.

    The NESCAC Presidents have also amended the spectator policy. As of February 1, spectator policies will be set at the discretion of individual institutions. Spectators are encouraged to visit the athletic websites of each NESCAC institution for updated policies.

    Click here to view institutional spectator policies for member institutions.

    Dec. 22, 2021 - NESCAC Updates Spectator Policy

    In light of the rapid onset of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, NESCAC institutions will temporarily require that spectators at indoor NESCAC athletic events be restricted to individuals who are part of the host institution's testing protocol. This policy is in effect until the end of January.  We hope that the testing, vaccination, and other mitigation measures in use on all our campuses will allow us to keep case numbers low. The Conference will review this policy on a regular basis in the hope that conditions will allow us to return to our usual policies on spectators. Updates will be provided as soon as information is available. 
     
    All NESCAC institutions also strongly encourage athletes to get a booster before returning to campus.

    June 25, 2021 - NESCAC Presidents' Affirm Athletic Competition for 2021-22

    As the member institutions of the New England Small College Athletic Conference focus on preparations for the coming academic year, the NESCAC Presidents have affirmed plans to resume full conference play and championships for all sports starting with the fall 2021 season. 
     
    Our current plans are based on the continuing decline of COVID-19 infections across the country and the rising number of people vaccinated. It is possible, of course, that the pandemic will evolve in ways that may require new restrictions on athletic competition, but we are optimistic that we can adapt as needed. Any changes in policy regarding NESCAC competition will be made in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines and NCAA health and safety protocols.
     
    Our students have shown great resilience in the face of extraordinary challenges over the past 15 months. We look forward in the coming year to sharing with them the full range of activities that make our campuses so vibrant, including the excitement that comes with full NESCAC competition.  

    Biddy Martin, Amherst College
    Clayton Spencer, Bates College
    Clayton Rose, Bowdoin College
    David Greene, Colby College
    Katherine Bergeron, Connecticut College
    David Wippman, Hamilton College
    Laurie Patton, Middlebury College
    Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College
    Tony Monaco, Tufts University
    Michael Roth, Wesleyan University
    Maud Mandel, Williams College

    March 9, 2021 - NESCAC Presidents' Statement on Spring Sports

    With the spring semester now underway at all NESCAC institutions, the NESCAC Presidents have reached agreement on a limited schedule of conference competition for spring sports. Due to variations in local conditions, institutional policies, and state travel restrictions, each institution will make its own determination whether to participate. Spring conference competition will take place in a sport only if there is the minimum number of NESCAC teams (6) to sponsor play, and only if a school chooses to participate. Competition will take place within abbreviated regional schedules from mid-April to mid-May.

    To protect the wellbeing of our students, staff, faculty, and broader communities, the NESCAC Athletic Directors, working with medical personnel and other experts, have developed comprehensive health and safety protocols for spring competition. These protocols exceed NCAA guidance and complement the robust COVID-19 testing already taking place on NESCAC campuses. 

    If enough institutions field teams, NESCAC conference play will go forward in baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rowing, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.  

    The Presidents and the Conference will continue to monitor the progress of the pandemic and respond as needed to regulatory changes at the federal, state and local levels, as well as to any shifts in medical guidance or best practices. Spectators for athletic events will be limited to individuals who are part of the host institution’s testing protocol, and individual institutions may impose additional restrictions.

    The past year has posed an extraordinary set of challenges. We are grateful to all members of our communities for the strength and resilience they have shown. As the vaccine rollout accelerates, we are optimistic we can return to a more typical collegiate experience next year.

    Biddy Martin, Amherst College
    Clayton Spencer, Bates College
    Clayton Rose, Bowdoin College
    David Greene, Colby College
    Katherine Bergeron, Connecticut College
    David Wippman, Hamilton College
    Laurie Patton, Middlebury College
    Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College
    Tony Monaco, Tufts University
    Michael Roth, Wesleyan University
    Maud Mandel, Williams College

    January 27, 2021 - NESCAC Presidents' Update on Spring Sports

    As the New England Small College Athletic Conference and its member institutions prepare for the spring semester, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and communities remain our foremost concerns. Although COVID case numbers have started to decline, nationally and in our region, the numbers remain far higher than they were at the start of the fall semester. After a careful review, the NESCAC presidents have agreed that conditions will need to improve significantly in order to conduct conference competition this spring.

    As in the fall, all member institutions plan to limit travel off campus, restrict visitors, maintain strict protocols on physical distancing, and implement a robust COVID-19 testing program. At the same time, we will continue to monitor closely the progress of the pandemic, including SARS-CoV-2 variants with increased transmission, and changes in federal, state, and local guidelines on public health and athletic competition.  We all hope that conditions will improve.

    In the meantime, each of our institutions will continue to do everything we can to provide meaningful opportunities for our students to engage in athletic activities on campus.  In addition, our Athletic Directors, coaches, and other campus personnel have developed contingency plans and alternate structures for conference scheduling and championships should conditions eventually allow for conference play. 
     
    As a result of adjustments to our 2020-21 academic calendars, students are returning to NESCAC campuses at different times, ranging from late January to late February. If conference competition proves feasible, regular season conference play would likely not start until late March or early April, and would necessarily be limited in scope and duration.    
     
    We recognize how important athletic competition is to many of our students and to our communities, and we understand the dismay many will feel at the possibility that spring conference competition might be canceled two years in a row. The Presidents will take this into consideration when making a final decision in late February or early March.
     
    Biddy Martin, Amherst College
    Clayton Spencer, Bates College
    Clayton Rose, Bowdoin College
    David Greene, Colby College
    Katherine Bergeron, Connecticut College
    David Wippman, Hamilton College
    Laurie Patton, Middlebury College
    Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College
    Tony Monaco, Tufts University
    Michael Roth, Wesleyan University
    Maud Mandel, Williams College

    October 8, 2020 - NESCAC Presidents' Statement on Winter Sports

    With the fall semester for NESCAC institutions well underway, the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the broader community remain our foremost concerns. Our institutions have limited travel off campus, restricted visitors to campus, and implemented strict protocols on physical distancing. To further mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and protect the well-being of those on campus and in the surrounding communities, each of our institutions is conducting a robust COVID-19 testing program.

    In addition to these measures, many of our institutions have made or are considering significant modifications to the 2020-21 academic calendar. As a result, many of our students will not return to campus for the spring semester until late January or early February.

    Given these institutional policies and calendar changes, the NESCAC Presidents have unanimously decided to cancel NESCAC conference competition, including conference championships, for the winter season. Among other things, the timing of students' return to campus means there will not be enough time to conduct meaningful conference play.

    We understand this decision will disappoint many of our students, given the important role athletics plays in the student experience. We remain committed to providing meaningful opportunities for our students to engage in athletic activities. Students may continue to participate in practice activities, strength and conditioning, skill development and leadership programming in accordance with NCAA, Conference and institutional policies, as well as state and local health guidelines. Institutions may schedule outside competition at their discretion.

    Planning continues for the possibility of spring competition and updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

    Biddy Martin, Amherst College
    Clayton Spencer, Bates College
    Clayton Rose, Bowdoin College
    David Greene, Colby College
    Katherine Bergeron, Connecticut College
    David Wippman, Hamilton College
    Laurie Patton, Middlebury College
    Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College
    Tony Monaco, Tufts University
    Michael Roth, Wesleyan University
    Maud Mandel, Williams College

    July 10, 2020 - NESCAC Presidents' Statement on Fall Sports

    Over the last several months, NESCAC institutions have been focused on the safe reopening of their campuses this fall. Member institutions have recently announced plans for the upcoming year, with the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the broader community the foremost concern. 

    In keeping with public health guidance, each of our institutions has put in place physical distancing protocols, limits on travel on and off campus, and limits on the size of on-campus gatherings. Consistent with these policies, the NESCAC Presidents have decided unanimously, though with great reluctance, that NESCAC conference competition for fall sports must be canceled for fall 2020. 

    Athletics remains an important part of the experience for our students. Conference members will continue to work together to seek creative ways to provide meaningful athletic opportunities for our students during the upcoming academic year. To that end, the Presidents have agreed to modify some NESCAC rules to enable coaches and students to engage in practice and training opportunities outside the traditional season, in accordance with the rules of each member institution and local health directives. 

    As the pandemic evolves, we will continue to monitor changing federal, state, and local guidance, and we will consult with each other as well as public health authorities and the NCAA about the possibility of further changes to NESCAC rules. 

    We will provide updates as information becomes available.   

    Biddy Martin, Amherst College
    Clayton Spencer, Bates College
    Clayton Rose, Bowdoin College
    David Greene, Colby College
    Katherine Bergeron, Connecticut College
    David Wippman, Hamilton College
    Laurie Patton, Middlebury College
    Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College
    Tony Monaco, Tufts University
    Michael Roth, Wesleyan University
    Maud Mandel, Williams College

    July 10, 2020 - Recruiting Update

    The Conference has extended the suspension of in-person recruiting, both on and off campus. There is no set end date at this point and the suspension will stay in place until further notice. All off-campus recruiting by NESCAC coaches and staff is prohibited during this time as are meetings with prospective student-athletes on campus. Other recruiting communication such as email, phone, electronic, written, and social media communications remain permissible.

    Authorized
    Email, phone, electronic, written, social media communication

    Prohibited
    Off-campus recruiting
    On-campus meetings with prospective student-athletes

    June 26, 2020 - Recruiting Update

    The NESCAC Athletic Directors in consultation with the Presidents have agreed to extend the suspension of in-person recruiting, both on and off-campus, through JULY 15

    Authorized
    Email, phone, electronic, written, social media communication

    Prohibited
    Off-campus recruiting
    On-campus visits by prospective student-athletes

    June 19, 2020 - Update on Fall Sports

    NESCAC institutions continue to focus on plans for the 2020-21 academic year with the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and their communities the primary concern. As institutions finalize their plans for the coming year, federal, state, and local health guidance, as well as institutional policies, will guide their independent decisions regarding reopening.  

    Athletics engagement is an important part of the experience for many of our students, and member institutions remain committed to this experience. However, this will not be a traditional fall on campus in any respect, including for athletics. The conference continues to develop plans for the return to athletics, including possible modifications to NESCAC rules to allow institutions flexibility to provide for meaningful experiences for students within school policies and federal, state, and local health directives. We expect to have more details in the weeks ahead and will share information as it becomes available.  

    June 5, 2020 - Recruiting Update

    The NESCAC Athletic Directors in consultation with the Presidents have agreed to extend the suspension of in-person recruiting, both on and off-campus, through JUNE 30.

    Authorized
    Email, phone, electronic, written, social media communication

    Prohibited

    Off-campus recruiting
    On-campus visits by prospective student-athletes

    April 9, 2020 - Recruiting Update

    In consultation with the Presidents, the NESCAC Athletic Directors unanimously agreed to prohibit all in-person recruiting through JUNE 15.

    Authorized
    Email, phone, electronic, written, social media communication

    Prohibited
    Off-campus recruiting
    On-campus visits by prospective student-athletes

    The NESCAC Presidents and Athletic Directors are committed to helping minimize the spread of COVID-19. It is important that we heed the advice of experts and work together in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. In consultation with the Presidents, the NESCAC Athletic Directors unanimously agreed to stop all in-person recruiting through April 30th.  Effective immediately all off-campus recruiting by NESCAC coaches and staff shall be prohibited. On-campus visits by recruited or prospective student-athletes to NESCAC institutions are also prohibited. Other recruiting communication such as email, phone, electronic, written, and social media communications remain permissible. This agreement will be reviewed in mid-April with an update regarding future recruiting policy guidance provided shortly thereafter.

    March 18, 2020 - NESCAC COVID-19 Update

    We want to remind students to stay up to date with the latest guidance from the CDC as well as local and state health authorities. Social distancing is essential to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Student-athletes should continue to monitor their respective institutions' websites for information regarding COVID-19.

    March 11, 2020 - NESCAC Cancels Conference Competition for 2020 Spring Season

    In light of the decision of many NESCAC schools to have students return home and complete the semester remotely due to COVID-19, the NESCAC Presidents met and concluded unanimously that conference competition, including conference championships, will be canceled for the 2020 spring season. 

    March 6, 2020 - NESCAC COVID-19 Update
     
    To the NESCAC athletic community:

    The NESCAC presidents have been discussing COVID-19 on athletics, among many other issues our campuses are addressing as a result of the virus. The situation will continue to change and our decisions will be dictated by the facts as we understand them, the guidance we receive from federal and state public health and governmental authorities, and issues specific to each campus. Several schools in the conference have restricted travel to states that have declared a state of emergency, and it may be that more join them before long. The NESCAC presidents will continue to consult regularly and provide support to one another, with the primary concern being the health and well-being of our campus communities.

    Biddy Martin, Amherst College
    Clayton Spencer, Bates College
    Clayton Rose, Bowdoin College
    David Greene, Colby College
    Katherine Bergeron, Connecticut College
    David Wippman, Hamilton College
    Laurie Patton, Middlebury College
    Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Trinity College
    Tony Monaco, Tufts University
    Michael Roth, Wesleyan University
    Maud Mandel, Williams College