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Saints Athletics

St. Lawrence fields 34 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the Liberty League, the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Administrators and coaches are engaged in an intensive ongoing dialog at all levels to prepare for the resumption of athletics when it is safe to do so and pending guidelines from New York State.

Response Plan and Guidelines

Over the summer, Athletics developed a COVID-19 Response Plan for compliance with league and conference guidance when it is same to resume gameplay. It includes a communications plan for athletes. It entails new guidelines for Sports Medicine in the Athletic Training Room, guidelines for educating our student-athletes, guidelines for positive COVID-19 testing with a student-athlete, policies and procedures for Strength and Conditioning, policies and procedures for the Fitness Center, return to work guidelines, team locker room guidelines, a phased return to sport guidelines, Sports Information press box guidelines, and working guidelines for a positive COVID-19 test amongst coaches and staff. More decisions lie ahead in determining schedules and facilities use, and a resource page will be developed for the web site.

Athletics will affect a phased approach to full participation with each of its teams to limit high risk exposure initially. Increased contact over time would be expected. This approach will help to mitigate any positive COVID-19 cases and help with contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.

Sports Update 

As of July 22, the Liberty League announced that all league competition and championships through December 31, 2020, are canceled due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Fall Sports: We plan to have as many fall sports teams as possible participate in practices and intra-squad activities. We will also consider the potential for some intercollegiate scrimmages later in the fall with limited regional opponents if public health conditions permit.
  • Winter Sports: We are hopeful that public health conditions will allow our participation in winter sports. Details are currently being discussed with the Liberty League, the College Squash Association, the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
  • Division I Hockey: St. Lawrence intends to play Division I hockey this year. ECAC Hockey continues to discuss the best path forward. We anticipate being able to share more information in the near future.

When it is safe to resume athletics, there will be new guidelines and protocols for the Littlejohn Athletic Training Center, the Michael “Buddy” Cornacchia ’74 Strength and Conditioning Center, and the Stafford Fitness Center, as well as team locker rooms. There will also be policies for testing, retesting, and a protocol if a student-athlete, coach, or other athletic staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

There will be COVID-19 training and educational sessions for all of our student-athletes so everyone understands the importance of these guidelines. 

Newell Fitness Center

Guidelines for re-opening fitness centers are pending in New York State. We will update our community with more information when it’s available.