FCS Patriot League punting on fall sports in 2020
Yet another college athletic conference has decided to punt on the fall sports season and try again in the spring. On Monday, the Patriot League announced that it will not host fall sports in 2020.
The Patriot League, which is a conference at the FCS level in football, released a statement on Monday to announce its decision. It joins the Ivy League with the plan to possibly hold football in the spring, if possible.
From the Patriot League:
Recognizing the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to present significant challenges to our campuses and communities, the Patriot League Council of Presidents announces the following decisions regarding Patriot League competition:
- Patriot League teams will not engage in competition in the fall season (championship and non-championship);
- Decisions surrounding winter and spring sport competition will be made at a later date; and,
- The opportunity for conditioning, strength training and other practice opportunities in all sports will be permitted provided health and safety conditions support such activities.
Because the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy are unique in their environments and their missions within higher education, the Council of Presidents agree that the academies may continue to engage in competitive opportunities as considered appropriate by their respective Superintendents.
The collegiate athletics experience at all Patriot League institutions is valuable to fulfilling our educational and developmental missions, and the League recognizes that any degree of non-competition this fall is deeply disappointing to our student-athletes, coaches, and fans. However, the health and safety of our campuses and communities must be our highest priority.
The League is committed to exploring creative approaches and alternatives to providing future competitive experiences to our fall sport student-athletes, including the possibility of conducting fall sport competition and championships in the second semester.
The league has decided that it will make an announcement regarding winter and spring sports at a later date.