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.

Many activities have resumed in accordance with guidance from the State of Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and the American College Health Association (ACHA).

Guest attendance at home events

Immediate family members may attend our home athletic events following a State of Rhode Island executive order. This policy applies only to Bryant University regular-season home events and does not include conference tournaments or postseason championships. 

  • Student-athletes are permitted two (2) guests for parents / guardians.
  • Student-athletes must submit guests' names through the pass list in ARMS by midnight the day prior. 
  • All guests must present Health Checker app at the entry and ticket gate. The app can be found by visiting https://covid.bryant.edu/our-health/campus-entryexit.
  • Tailgating prior to the contest, during halftime, and postgame is strictly PROHIBITED.  
  • There will be no gathering of the families with the student-athletes following the contest.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted inside any facility.
  • Face masks (worn over the nose and mouth) and proper social distancing of six feet is required.
  • Visiting team fans are not permitted.

Facilities

All facilities will operate with social distancing and occupancy guidelines as outlined by the RIDOH, CDC, and Bryant University guidelines regarding use of athletic facilities for team, individuals, campus community including students, faculty and staff, and outside visitors and members of the Smithfield community.  

The full campus guidelines outline protocols for each athletic facility including the Chace Wellness and Athletic Center, the Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center, Conaty Indoor Athletic Center, Beirne Stadium Complex, and outside facilities which include the track and turf complex, tennis courts, Conaty Baseball and Softball complex, practice fields and recreation areas.

Instructions for reserving a timeslot for all recreational facilities are available here.

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 wear a mask and check in at the lobby control desk. Each person will need to show their Bryant Health Checker app, and will need to sign in using their Bryant ID.
  • We no longer allow “cut-through” from the AIC to the Unistructure. We suggest that pedestrians use the outdoor path between the Bello Center and Chace to avoid swiping in.
  • Traffic flow: The first floor has a one-way traffic flow. After checking in, patrons will proceed through the Athletic training/MAC hallway doors. 

 Fitness Center

  • Fitness Center use is by reservation only. Each patron will have a maximum of 55 minutes per day to work out.
  • Patrons need to check in at the front lobby control desk, use the stairs to the 2nd floor in the MAC hallway. Exit the Fitness Center via the main gym hallway stairs, then exit to the lobby.
  • Reservations: Make reservations at bryantbulldogs.com/reservation. No walk-ins are allowed during the hours of operations.

Pool

  • All open swim hours require a reservation.
  • Swimmers must shower in the locker room before and after using the pool.
  • Reservations: Make reservations at bryantbulldogs.com/reservation.

Locker Rooms

  • Due to the RI Department of Health guidelines, locker rooms are available in a limited capacity.To use the locker room, you must tell the lobby control desk staff, who then will issue you a “locker room” card.
  • 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

  • Classes will be limited in size and require pre-registration upon arrival. Schedules will follow later in spring semester.

Intramurals

  • Updates to follow later in spring semester

Open Recreation

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.