NEWMAC Presidents Council Announces Statement on Fall Sports


Westwood, Mass. - As our members release timelines and plans for this year, the NEWMAC Presidents Council acknowledges that the traditional way of conducting a conference schedule is not possible and based on this have unanimously decided to suspend conference play and championships for the fall semester. This includes the sports of men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, volleyball and men's and women's soccer. Practice and other athletically-related activities at member institution's campuses are permitted in accordance with NCAA Division III Regulations as well as institutional and state and local health and safety guidelines.

The Presidents Council continues to discuss plans for the second half of the 2020-2021 academic year with the safety and well-being of students and campus communities as its top priority. Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic presents significant challenges to our campuses and communities, the Presidents continue to support institutional autonomy regarding both plans to re-open campuses and the potential of participating in intercollegiate athletics.

The NEWMAC Presidents Council understands the disappointment that comes with this announcement and will continue to work together to provide meaningful athletic opportunities to support our athletic programs as NCAA, state and local health and safety guidelines permit. If conference scheduling were to resume, it would not happen before January 1, 2021 in all sports.

NEWMAC Presidents Council
Stephen Spinelli Jr., Babson College
David Fithian, Clark University
Lee Pelton, Emerson College
Cynthia Barnhart, MIT
Sonya Stephens, Mount Holyoke College
Kathleen McCartney, Smith College
Mary-Beth Cooper, Springfield College
RADM William Kelly, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Paula A. Johnson, Wellesley College
Dennis Hanno, Wheaton College
Laurie Leshin, WPI