PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – The Ivy League was the first conference in cancel basketball tournaments in March due to COVID-19, and it is now the first conference to cancel its fall sports season.
The league informed its student-athletes on a call Wednesday evening, saying that with restrictions on travel, group gatherings and visitors to campus, it will not be possible for teams to participate in the competition. .
However, training and other training opportunities will be permitted for registered student-athletes, the league said, provided the school’s health and safety guidelines are followed.
Additionally, fall athletic student-athletes will not lose a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility, depending on the league.
At Brown University, several programs will be affected, including soccer, field hockey, crew, cross country and football. The hope is that the league will move the fall programs to next spring.
James Perry is entering his second year as the Bears’ head football coach after a 2-8 season. Brown was due to face rivals in the state, URI and Bryant in September.
The league said a decision on winter and spring sports and whether fall sports would be doable in the spring would be made at a later date.
The Ivy League Presidents Council issued the following joint statement:
“As a governing body, we have a responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interests of the students who attend our institutions, as well as the faculty and staff who work in our schools. These decisions are extremely difficult, especially when they impact meaningful student-athlete experiences that many enjoy and cherish.
“With the information we have today regarding the continued spread of the virus, we simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk, in accordance with the policies each of our schools are adopting as part of their plans to reopen this fall.
“We are responsible for creating and maintaining an educational environment that is guided by health and safety considerations. There can be no greater responsibility – and that is the basis of this difficult decision.