Liberty League Cancels Winter Sports Competitions
Liberty League commissioner Tracy King has announced that the league's Presidents Council has voted to cancel Liberty League winter sports competition and championships due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Sports impacted include men's and women's basketball, men's and women's squash, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's indoor track and field.
St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University are members of the Liberty League
League members have continued to monitor the effects of COVID-19 on our institutions and communities during the fall semester and remain committed to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and greater campus communities. Member institutions have limited travel off campus, restricted visitors to campus, and implemented strict protocols on masking and physical distancing. To further mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and protect the well-being of those on campus and in the surrounding communities, each of our institutions is conducting a robust COVID-19 testing program. Collectively, Liberty League institutions have conducted more than 209,000 tests to date.
"The decision to cancel Liberty League competition and championships was made after careful consideration and review of relevant facts and data," said King. "COVID-19 infection rates continue to increase throughout the country and we have also seen spikes in our college communities, which creates additional challenges for our institutions. We understand the deep sense of disappointment felt by our student-athletes that have trained and prepared for competition and we understand and share in their disappointment. Our institutions will continue to work to provide meaningful athletic opportunities to support our student-athletes."
The decision to cancel Liberty League competition does not preclude individual institutions from engaging in student-athlete activities that are conducted in accordance with Division III regulations as well as institutional, state and local health and safety guidelines.
Collectively, the Liberty League will continue to plan and discuss the possibility of spring competition.
Liberty League Presidents Council Leon Botstein, Bard College Anthony G. Collins, Clarkson University Joyce P. Jacobsen, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Shirley M. Collado, Ithaca College Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute David C. Munson, Rochester Institute of Technology Marc C. Conner, Skidmore College William L. Fox, St. Lawrence University David R. Harris, Union College Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, University of Rochester Elizabeth H. Bradley, Vassar College