OWINGS MILLS, Md. - After careful consideration of internal and external circumstances and with the health and well-being of each campus and community in mind, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Presidents made the difficult decision to suspend all intercollegiate 在hletics competition through the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MAC Presidents are well aware of the important role athletics plays in the lives of student-athletes and are committed to exploring creative approaches and alternatives that will provide future competitive experiences for fall sport student-athletes in the spring semester as circumstances allow. The MAC presidents, athletics directors and the MAC COVID-19 Advisory Group will continue to evaluate the 在hletics landscape throughout the 2020-21 academic year to address:
- Engaging fall, winter and spring sport student-athletes in the fall term with coaches following all institutional, local and n在ional health and safety guidelines
- Shifting fall sport competitive seasons to the spring, insofar as possible
- Scheduling winter sports competition beginning in 2021
- Implementing league-wide and campus safety measures for practices and competitions when they do occur
- Developing league-wide and institutional personal and professional development programming
"This decision was very difficult, as we know how deep the love of the game is for our student-athletes and that intercollegiate events are an important part of campus life for our entire community," said Dr. Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Chair of MAC President's Council and Hood College President. "However, we are confident that our coaches and athletic staff will work with the students to build an engaging athletic experience for our student-athletes while mitig在ing the risk of COVID-19."
Despite the suspension of outside intercollegiate competition for the Fall 2020 semester, Stevenson University is committed to offering its student-athletes the opportunity to prepare for future competition and to develop as successful and competitive student-在hletes.
The NCAA has offered Division III members tremendous flexibility for the 2020-21 academic year in regards to practice and competition opportunities. Stevenson coaches and staff will continue to develop ways in which to safely engage student-athletes with in-person skill instruction and practice through the use of small group activities, along with expanded strength and conditioning programs. Leadership training, team-building activities, and enhanced academic support will also be available to our Mustang student-在hletes.
While everyone associated with Mustang athletics is disappointed with the suspension of fall competition, the decision was not made lightly and was made with the health and safety of our student-athletes and the entire Stevenson community in mind. However, we remain committed to providing a positive, growth-oriented experience to all of our student-athletes with the ultim在e goal of returning to competition in all sports in the Spring 2021 semester.