Chapman Athletics: 6/22 Town Hall Recap

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Chapman University Athletics held a Town Hall on June 22, 2020, to address the concerns of parents and student-athletes for the upcoming semester. A recap of some of the topics discussed are highlighted below, as well as in the recording of the Town Hall linked below.

  • Fall sports will only compete within a SCIAC schedule for the Fall 2020 season. A decision has not yet been made about how schedules will be affected for winter and spring sports. SCIAC Championships will be conducted if a season is played with a minimum of four participating schools. As of June 22, the NCAA Division III is still planning on conducting national championships as well.
  • While NCAA legislation was passed to allow student-athletes back to campus as early as August 10, Chapman does not have any current plans to bring back its student-athletes in-person on that date. No dates have been set for an early return to campus for student-athletes. Campus, including athletic facilities, will remain closed until at least July 31. Once back, facilities will have reduced capacities and will be open only to physical activity classes and athletics teams.
  • On-campus housing information will be communicated by the Office of Residence Life. If student-athletes are called back to campus early, the Athletics Department will work with Residence Life to set up early check-in for those registered for on-campus housing.
  • The CU Safely Back website can be referenced for policies and procedures on stopping the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Athletics will closely adhere to all of these policies.
  • COVID-19 testing for student-athletes is still under discussion and will be part of the larger CU Safely Back plan. Daily screenings will be implemented across campus.
  • Use of the weight room will be limited to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Hours will be extended and sign ups required for the weight room in Lastinger. Locker rooms will not be accessible until further notice.
  • In the first phase of the resocialization for athletics, practices/practice pods will be limited to no more than 10 people, including coaches.
  • Spectators will not be allowed for the start of fall sports. Chapman Athletics is working on improving its live streaming for families and fans to enjoy Chapman games virtually.