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.
To this end, athletic activities will resume with a phased approach 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).
Varsity Sports Team Season
Bryant is a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC). On July 29, the NEC Council of Presidents voted to postpone all fall sports athletics competitions and championships. This postponement applies to NEC-sponsored sports and impacts men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball, as well as all other NEC sports scheduled to engage in competition this fall. The council will reconvene by October 1 to evaluate the public health crisis and competitive options moving forward.
The NEC press release about the decision is available here.
Athletic Training – NATA Guidelines
Bryant’s policies and procedures will follow the recommended NATA guidelines. Here are some of the safety protocols planned for the fall that should be 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.
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 building, 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.
Under the guidance of the Facilities Committee and following recommendations by the RIDOH, cleaning and maintenance of facilities will be increased. Access and hours of operation will be outlined by each facility to ensure enhanced cleaning procedures, occupancy and social distancing guidelines are met.
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.
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.
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.