Athletics

Bryant Athletics is operating in accordance with state guidance and several national organizations.

Campus athletics and recreation programs are an integral part of the Bryant experience, helping members of the campus community maintain health and well-being. To preserve these opportunities and ensure the safety of all members of the Bryant community, we have developed a range of required health and safety guidelines and protocols, due to the high risk of transmission of COVID-19 in athletic settings.

Guest attendance at home events

Fans, including visiting team fans are permitted to attend home athletic events for the 2021-22 academic year.  University and Northeast Conference policies will apply:

  • The CDC recommends unvaccinated guests wear masks while indoors and wear masks outdoors when in a crowded location. 
  • Tailgating will be permitted prior to home football games.  Tailgating parking passes can be purchased by visiting www.BryantBulldogs.com/tickets
  • Tailgating will CLOSE at the start of the game. 
  • Bags will not be permitted inside athletic venues.  Only clear plastic bags will be permitted. 
  • Re-entry will not be permitted.    
  • Food and drinks are not permitted inside any facility.

Facilities

The hours of operations for the Chace Wellness Center, Fitness Center, pool, and MAC courts can be found here.

Chace Wellness Center

  • Every Bryant community member entering the Chace Wellness Center will be required to check in at the lobby control desk using their Bryant ID.
  • Access to the Bryant Fitness Center is by reservation only, with a maximum capacity of 35 set at a distance so masking will not be required while using the Fitness Center. Reservations will be on a 60-minute basis. 

 Fitness Center

  • The Fitness Center will be by reservation only.
  • Each patron will have a maximum time of 55 minutes per day to work-out.
  • Every Bryant community member entering the fitness Center will be required to check in with their Bryant ID. 
  • Masking is encouraged.

Pool

  • The pool HVAC system is currently under construction, so the pool will not be opened until later in September.  

Locker Rooms

  • We ask all locker room users to adhere to social distancing guidelines, proper hygiene, and to spend minimum time in the locker room. If you are interested in a locker for the year, please email nschleicher@bryant.edu

 Group Exercise

  • All group exercise classes will take place starting on September 7th.
  • Classes will be limited in size to provide social distancing. 
  • Masks will be required unless the class is held outside.
  • We will allow walk-ups if classes are not full.
  • The schedule will be finalized over the next few weeks, to register for GREX classes- please sign-up here

Intramurals

  • Intramurals will be taking place on campus. Intramural events will be starting on September 19th, team registration will be due the week before. For a list of events taking place in the fall, please go here

Open Recreation

  • Open recreation/pick-up games will be offered throughout the semester.

Waivers and guidelines

Members of the Bryant community who plan to use the campus recreational equipment must read and sign the Risk and Liability Waiver and review and follow these guidelines for recreational etiquette. Instructions for reserving a timeslot for all recreational facilities are available here.

 

Waivers and Guidelines

Members of the Bryant community who plan to use the campus recreational equipment must read and sign the Risk and Liability Waiver and review and follow these guidelines for recreational etiquette. Instructions for reserving a timeslot for all recreational facilities are available here.

Club Sports

Club sports participation for both practice and competition will be based on the NCAA Resocialization of Collegiate Sport model, RIDOH, and Bryant University guidelines for size of group permitted (10, 25, 50, and 100+). This will include practice setup to meet social distance guidelines, including team warmups. More details on the timeline for club sports team start dates for practice and competition will be available soon.

Intramurals

Intramural programs will continue. Participation will be based on the RIDOH and University guidelines for social distancing and group size (10, 25, 50, and 100+). Facility access and hours may be limited. All participants are required to use proper sanitizer supplied at each facility and clean all equipment and gear.

Recreation

Open recreation (open gym) at various facilities, including the Chace Athletic Center main gym and Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC), will be available, however hours and use may be reduced to allow for University needs and social distancing guidelines.

Bryant is a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC).

On Feb. 1, Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris announced revised regular-season competition and NEC Championship formats for fall-to-spring, winter and spring sports. 

The NEC also revealed regular-season conference schedules for each sport. Times for all games will be determined at a later date. 

These plans were developed and adopted in conjunction with conference and institutional athletic administrators, the NEC Sport Management Committee and the NEC COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee, and approved by the NEC Council of Presidents. With the health and safety of campus and conference communities remaining the NEC's top priority, the regular season and championship sport formats are subject to reevaluation by the Presidents as the conference monitors health crisis data, along with updated COVID-19 guidance from federal, state, local and campus levels.

Below is a seasonal breakdown by sport that includes regular season format and days of competition, along with NEC Championship dates, field composition and tournament format.

Fall-to-Spring Sports

NEC fall sports competition will start no earlier than March 1 with the exception of the NEC Cross Country Championship set for February 28. Non-conference competition will be permitted prior to March 1 at the discretion of each institution. Once league play begins, non-conference competition is prohibited.

Saint Francis U has opted out of participating in fall-to-spring sports competition.

CCSU has opted out of participating in football as has Fairleigh Dickinson in men's and women's cross country.

Men's & Women's Cross Country

  • The NEC Cross Country Championship will take place on Sunday, February 28 at Bryant University.

Field Hockey

  • Six-match conference schedule to be contested in a single round-robin format over five weeks (March 18 - April 15).
  • Matches will be played on Monday and Thursday.
  • Single match NEC Championship will pit No. 2 at No. 1 the week of April 19-24.

Football

  • Four-game conference schedule to be contested over four weeks (Mar. 7- March 28) with potential for up to two makeup weeks.
  • Games will be played on Sunday.
  • Single game NEC Championship will pit No. 2 at No. 1 on a date to be determined in April.

Men's Soccer

  • Seven-match conference schedule to be contested in a single round-robin format over six weeks (March 1 - April 12).
  • Matches will be played on Monday.
  • Single match NEC Championship will pit No. 2 at No. 1 the weekend of April 16-18.

Women's Soccer

  • Eight-match conference schedule to be contested in a single round-robin format over six weeks (March 2 - April 13).
  • Matches will be played on Tuesday and Friday.
  • Single match NEC Championship will pit No. 2 at No. 1 the weekend of April 16-18.

Women's Volleyball

  • 12-match conference schedule to be contested in a double round-robin doubleheader format over five weeks (March 2 - March 31).
  • Match days alternate between Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Single match NEC Championship will pit No. 2 at No. 1 on April 3.

Winter Sports

Non-conference competition will be permitted throughout the season at the discretion of each institution.

Associate member Howard has opted out of participating in men's and women's swimming and diving.

Women's Bowling

  • Two NEC bowling events are scheduled with eight teams bowling a single round-robin on February 19-21 in PA & February 26-28 in NJ.
  • One additional single match will take place between travel partners.
  • Five-team, double-elimination NEC Championship will be contested on March 18-21.

Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Championship

  • The NEC Men's & Women's Swimming Championships will take place from March 29 to April 2 at Spire in Geneva, OH.

Spring Sports

Non-conference competition will be permitted prior to and throughout the NEC regular season at the discretion of each institution.

Baseball

  • 30-game conference schedule to be contested in a round-robin format (all three-game series) over ten weeks (March 19– May 22).
  • Games will be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Four-team, double-elimination NEC Championship will be contested on May 27-30 at a location TBD.

Men's Golf

  • The NEC Men's Golf Championship will take place on April 23-25 at Penn National (Founders Course) in Fayetteville, PA.

Women's Golf

  • The NEC Women's Golf Championship will take place on April 16-18 at Penn National (Founders Course) in Fayetteville, PA.

Men's Lacrosse

  • Eight-match conference schedule to be contested in a round-robin format over nine weeks with a makeup week (March 6 – May 1).
  • Matches will be played on  Saturday.
  • Four-team, single-elimination NEC Championship will take place at the high seed on May 6 & 8.

Women's Lacrosse

  • 12-match conference schedule to be contested over nine weeks with a makeup week (March 6 – May 1).
  • Matches will be played on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Four-team, single-elimination NEC Championship will take place at the high seed on May 6 & 8.

Softball

  • 32-game conference schedule to be contested in a round-robin format (all four-game series) over eight weeks with makeup dates (March 20 – May 9).
  • Games will be played on Saturday and Sunday with one midweek opponent.
  • Four-team, double-elimination NEC Championship will be contested at the high seed on May 13-15.

Men's & Women's Tennis

  • The NEC Men's & Women's Tennis Championships will take place on April 16-18 at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, NJ.

Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field

  • The NEC Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place on May 1-2 at Bryant University.

 

Bryant’s policies and procedures will follow the recommended NATA guidelines. Here are some of the safety protocols being followed along with campus health protocols:

  • Education programming will begin this summer through communication with student-athletes by the athletic trainers. Online training on COVID-19 will now be included in health requirements for student-athletes prior to arrival on campus and will continue thereafter.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be procured for the entire University by the Facilities Management team. The athletic training room and other areas, including athletic facilities, will be outfitted with masks, spray bottles, sanitizer, etc., as well as visual educational documents regarding the proper procedure for removal and disposal.
  • Screening protocols will include a COVID-19 history questionnaire, timeline for when screening will occur, and an outline risk assessment for individuals with high-risk factors.
  • Testing, positive case, and contact tracing protocols will apply to Bryant Athletics as well as students, faculty, and staff. Athletics will also require a pre-participation exam.
  • Travel considerations and protocols will follow guidelines set forth by Bryant University for students, faculty and staff, including limitations to traveling out of state, particularly in areas considered high-risk (hot spots) and isolation/quarantine measures.