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Sports FAQ

Competition and Eligibility

Will athletic competition be held during the Fall 2020 Semester?

Pitt-Bradford will not be participating in fall intercollegiate sports during the fall semester. This includes men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis and golf. The AMCC has postponed conference competition in men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's basketball until January 2021.

Will fall sports have the opportunity to compete at a different time during the year?

Pitt-Bradford fall sports will be rescheduled for the spring term. This is subject to change due to further COVID-19 developments.

Will the winter sports season begin on time?

In accordance with the AMCC, the Pitt-Bradford men's and women's basketball seasons have been postponed until January 2021. There have been no decisions made regarding men's and women's swimming, men's wrestling and women's bowling. The ability to compete in these sports will continue to be monitored and evaluated. 

How are the 2021 spring seasons affected?

The spring sports championship seasons for 2021 have not been affected at this point. Future competition will continue to be evaluated and monitored.

Will there be any athletic activity during the 2020 fall semester?

Currently there will be no intercollegiate competition during the fall season. Decisions regarding team-related activities, including practices and workouts for all sports, have not yet been determined. They will not be determined until the university has the ability to adhere to all NCAA safety guidelines and further guidance regarding compliance is provided by the NCAA.

How does this affect NCAA eligibility?

For Division III student athletes, participation in workouts, meetings or practices in the fall semester will not trigger the use of a season of participation. 

The NCAA issued a blanket waiver providing guidance regarding eligibility concerns for teams that play a limited number of contests for which seasons end prematurely. The blanket waiver states that student athletes will not be charged with participation for the 2020-21 season if their team can compete in less than half of the sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The NCAA also approved a second blanket waiver that permits student athletes to receive a two-semester extension of eligibility if they are unable to participate in their sports during the 2020-21 academic year due to the impact of COVID-19 or if the student athlete’s team completed 50% or fewer of the sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition due to COVID-19.

What if I decide to take the fall semester off?

Please contact Tina Phillips, Compliance Director, and/or Dr. Tony Gaskew, Faculty Athletics Representative, to discuss options. You may not participate in ANY team-related activities and/or practices if you are not enrolled as a full-time student (12 credits).
 
What if I start the term, then decide to take a leave of absence?

If students withdraw from classes at any point after the semester begins, they will be ineligible to engage in team-related activities and/or practices. To be eligible, a student athlete must be in good academic standing. Matriculated undergraduate students are considered to be in good academic standing if they meet the minimum requirements.

These minimum requirements are, cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Completion of 24 credit hours for the academic year.
Enrolled full-time in season of competition.

Do I need to remain full-time if there will be no competition during the fall semester?

Yes. Any student athlete not registered full time will not be allowed to participate in any team-related activities.

If I move completely remote, would I be able to practice and/or compete in the spring?

Yes, student athletes who are studying remotely, or living off-campus can participate in team activities as long as they remain NCAA compliant and follow all the proper athletic training/wellness protocols.

Reporting to Campus/Move-In

I prefer to complete my coursework remotely for the Fall 2020 semester, how can I set up my housing for a return to campus in the spring semester?

Students must contact the housing office to apply for Spring 2021 semester housing. Spring Housing application status cannot be guaranteed, and will depend on space availability.

Sports Medicine / Athletic Training

Will the athletic training room be able to provide treatment and rehabilitation for injured student athletes?

Yes, the facility will be open on an appointment-based system for student athletes who are recovering from an injury. The number of visits per week will be dependent upon first come, first serve basis scheduled through the Microsoft Bookings App. Final athletic training protocols are expected to be released in the near future.
 
Do I need to get a pre-participatory physical exam at home prior to reporting to campus for the fall semester?

No, but a pre-participation physical examination will need to be completed for any student to participate in any team practices or competition activities or to receive care or treatment from a University of Pittsburgh at Bradford athletic training staff member.
 
If I miss my scheduled rehab appointment time, will I be able to walk in for care?

No. You will need to reschedule your appointment through the Microsoft Bookings app. You will need to be on time for your scheduled appointments due to the need for social distancing and a low density within the athletic training facilities.
 
If I have an acute injury, will I be able to access the athletic training room at that moment?

Immediate care will be provided for any injury that may require immediate evaluation and care based on athletic training facility hours of operation. For injuries that are not as severe, the student athlete should contact a member of the athletic training staff via phone or email for guidance about their care on the day of injury. For severe injuries please visit the emergency room and follow up with an athletic training staff member afterwards.
 
I'm not injured, but I usually get maintenance care from my athletic trainer as a preventative measure.  Will I still be able to do this?

Yes, this will depend on appointment availability, total patient load, and availability of in-person care based on state and institutional public health regulations. Preference will be given to student athletes who are currently injured or returning from injury.
 
Can student athletes access recovery modalities such as cold tubs, hot tubs, heat packs, ice bags, foam rollers, stretch cords, etc.?

Yes, by appointment only. We will need to prioritize the athletic training room for student athletes who need rehabilitation services. This area will continue to be re-evaluated based upon emerging public health and institutional guidance.
 
What safety measures is the athletic training room putting in place to reduce the risk of exposure to the student athletes?

Sports medicine staff within the facility will be wearing personal protective equipment as recommended by medical and health professionals. Student athletes will be required to wear face coverings within the athletic training room. A screening and temperature check will take place prior to student athletes [l1] [WKM2] being admitted into the facility. There will be occupancy limits based upon public health and institutional guidelines to promote proper social distancing for student athletes and sports medicine staff.  The athletic training room is being reconfigured to account for proper social distancing with marked entrances and exits. Equipment will be cleaned with approved disinfectant after each patient use. Student athletes and athletic training staff are mandated to follow recommended guidelines for hand hygiene, face coverings and social distancing.
 
Do I report to the athletic training room if I'm feeling ill (cough, fever, sore throat, body aches, nausea, diarrhea, etc.)?

No. All student athletes who feel ill should contact the Health Services Office at 814-362-5272. 

Will counseling services be available?

Yes. Counseling services remain available through the Counseling Services Office, 814-362-5272. Consultation or counseling visits will be provided by video-counseling through a confidential and secure online platform. For efficiency purposes, students should call to schedule an appointment rather than email. Students will also continue to have access to online screenings for wellness and other topics through our web page and a library of confidential self-help resources through Therapy Assistance Online by enrolling through the link provided on our website.

Will student athletes have access to coolers of ice and water coolers for practices?

No. Public health guidelines stipulate that communal beverages and food are restricted.  Student athletes will be given individual water bottles. It is the student athletes’ responsibility to bring that water bottle with them to every activity. Under no circumstance will water bottles be shared.
 
If I'm not enrolled at Pitt Bradford for the fall semester, can I access the athletic training room for sport medicine services?

No. Per NCAA legislation it is impermissible for non-enrolled student athletes to access athletics facilities which includes the athletic training room.

Athletic Facilities

If there is no competition in the Fall, will I have access to McDowell Sport and Fitness Center and the Kessel Field Complex.

Yes. All facilities will be available for all students 7 days a week. Specific hours and facility regulations will depend on the university’s current operational posture and will be posted on site.

Will face coverings be required for workouts/practices

Face coverings are required in/at all Pitt-Bradford facilities, at all times.

Additional Resources

Student athletes can also refer to the following resources if they have additional questions.

2020 NCAA Division III Covid-19 Q&A Guide