Forward Together: Athletics

MU student athletes

Athletic Activities & Practices Update

September 11, 2020

All athletic activities and practices have been paused until at least September 28th. We will continue to provide updates over the next two weeks.


Fall Sports Competitions Postponed until Spring

July 28, 2020

Dear Monarch Nation,

After much consideration, planning and deliberation, the Presidents Council of the USA South Athletic Conference, of which Methodist University is a member, is announcing the postponement of fall conference athletic competitions until spring due to the ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Health and Safety of our student-athletes and staff are paramount, and based on latest health and NCAA guidance, it is not feasible to conduct external athletic competitions at this time.

This will not be a traditional fall on campus for our student-athletes, but we will continue to explore all options for a safe return to intercollegiate competition.  In addition, Methodist is committed to providing an engaging and meaningful experience for our student-athletes, which could include practice, skill development, strength and conditioning, and leadership development opportunities to the full extent that will be allowed under North Carolina State Health and NCAA rules and regulations throughout the fall semester.

Methodist University is committed to providing fall student-athletes with a meaningful conference regular season and championship tournament experience in the spring of 2021, provided it is safe to do so.  We are working with the USA South Athletic Conference to develop models and conference schedules to prepare for a successful spring experience.  The NCAA has provided waivers to help institutions navigate their playing seasons by allowing schools to count playing seasons in number of total days instead of consecutive weeks. This will provide our athletic teams with practice and playing season flexibility as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.  The NCAA also has provided a blanket waiver for student-athlete participation that allows student-athletes to retain a full year of athletic eligibility in the event teams do not play in more than 50% of the maximum number of contests allowed by the NCAA.

The core of our organization is people.  We have great people at Methodist University, and our Athletic Department is a remarkable leadership team.  This fall will provide us with an opportunity to grow, academically, athletically, physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.  This is a unique opportunity for our fall teams to spend several months building team chemistry, working together in an athletic environment, and growing together.  Traditionally, our fall teams arrive (new and returners) in August and have roughly three weeks to get ready to play in the contests.  Now our fall teams will spend a longer period getting physically, mentally and emotionally ready for their season, like our winter and spring teams do. We believe many great things can come from this opportunity.

We all care greatly about the Methodist University Community and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks as you arrive back on campus.  While things may look and feel different in the fall, there as so many opportunities awaiting us, and we look forward to capturing those opportunities together.

We Are MU and we are Moving Forward Together!

Stay safe and healthy and we will see you soon!

Go Monarchs!

Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D.
President

Dave Eavenson
Vice President and Director of Athletics


Fall Sports Update

July 28, 2020

An update related to fall sports can be found at the links below:


General Information

Methodist’s Division III athletics programs will be conducted consistent with NCAA and USA South Conference 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.  The link to our student-athlete medical paperwork is listed below. https://mumonarchs.com/sports/2008/8/24/athletic_training.aspx#s-a-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.

Athletics Leadership along with the ERT Team will develop sport-specific mitigation strategies pertaining to acclimatization, practices, balls or playing apparatuses, equipment, sanitization, travel, distancing, sport-specific venues and activities. Guidance from the NCAA Sports Science Institute, the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine and other sport specific governing bodies will be used to develop these plans for the return and resocialization of sport.

Athletic Staff 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.


Questions? Contact us at forward@methodist.edu, our dedicated email address for COVID-19 communications.