Forward Together: Athletics

Scene from USA South Football Championship, Spring 2021

General Information

Methodist’s Division III athletics programs will be conducted consistent with NCAA, USA South Conference, CDC and North Carolina State Health best practices and guidelines. The priority will be on the health and safety of student-athletes, mitigating the risks for sport participants and staff through hygiene and regular health screening.

Student-Athlete Medical Clearance

All new and returning student-athletes are required to complete our athletic training questionnaire. New student-athletes are also required to complete a physical examination prior to being cleared to participate in intercollegiate athletics.  Click here for our student-athlete medical paperwork.

Student-Athlete Screening & Monitoring

Regular Health Screenings

Due to the close contact required for training and competition, regular health screenings will be adopted. Under the guidance of the athletic training staff and University Health Center, student-athletes will be regularly screened for COVID-19 symptoms. This may include health screening questionnaires, physical examinations and temperature checks.

High-Hygiene Environment

Athletic Facilities

All athletics facilities in use will be cleaned and disinfected a minimum of once daily by Housekeeping Services. Athletics will designate staff to disinfect locker rooms between each workout. Housekeeping services will do a thorough cleaning of the spaces in the evenings.

Athletes will disinfect weight room equipment immediately after use with the spray bottles and/or disinfecting wipes in the weight rooms. After each session staff will clean the equipment at every rack. At the end of each day staff will do one more thorough cleaning of the weight room equipment.

In student-athlete support areas and locker rooms, enhanced cleaning practices will be employed. This will include shared responsibility by those using the spaces (wiping down areas before and after use), cleaning by staff members at regular intervals and deep cleaning by the assigned custodian. Hand sanitizers, wipes, and antiviral sprays will be utilized where necessary.

In student-athlete support areas and locker rooms, including weight rooms, training rooms and the academic support services offices, capacities will be reduced, and staggered schedules will be created to facilitate physical distancing.

Spectator Policy

Methodist University Athletics welcomes spectators and masks are optional at all athletic events. 

Methodist University will continue to monitor COVID-19 data, consult with local and state health officials, and amend policies as necessary.  Please continue to check for updates and/or changes in our spectator policies.

Athletics Department Directory

If you have specific questions related to your sport, please reach out to our coach or athletic training staff. Our staff directory is listed on our website.