PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University Director of Athletics Kim Bownes announced today that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic all spring intercollegiate sports activities at the University have been canceled.
The decision comes in conjunction with this evening's announcement from the Little East Conference (LEC) that the league would call off all remaining conference regular season contests and the spring championship tournaments.
"These are very trying times in so many ways," said Bownes. "To have to announce the cancellation of all spring sports is heartbreaking. We know how hard our student-athletes work to represent our institution and how much they love to compete in their respective sports."
The decision affects six spring programs; baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's outdoor track & field. Additionally, all non-traditional activities for fall programs are canceled, while the NCAA canceled or cut short its winter championships. The NCAA men's ice hockey tournament, and National Collegiate Skiing and Indoor Track & Field Championships all featured Plymouth State student-athletes. The NCAA has since announced a blanket waiver for all spring sports student-athletes to provide an extra year of eligibility.
"I am very happy to hear the NCAA is granting an extra semester of eligibility to our spring sports student-athletes, but not everyone can or will take advantage of that," Bownes added. "We want all of our seniors to know how much we appreciate all they have done for Plymouth State University and, in due time, we will be honoring them properly."
Although there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Plymouth State, students have been encouraged to stay home and access their academic work online beginning Wednesday (Mar. 18).
The Physical Education Center (PE Center) will remain closed through at least April 6 and, as such, there will be no access to the Vailas Performance Center (weight room) or PSU Natatorium until that date. Likewise, ALLWell North is also closed and all public walking sessions have been canceled for the foreseeable future.
For information regarding the university's response please refer to the PSU website, www.plymouth.edu.
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