RPI Cancels Fall Sports For 2020 Season
We knew this was a possibility but I don't think any of us really looked at this as a reality. RPI has decided to cancel their participation in all athletics and Intramural sports for the Fall season. Football, soccer, and other sports will all be put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement on the RPI website, the school said the Winter season is still possible.
Athletics and Intramural Sports: For NCAA programs, Institute teams will not participate in intercollegiate athletics during the Fall 2020 season. The decision to participate in intercollegiate athletic competitions during the Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 seasons will be made at an appropriate time, and will be informed by an evaluation of the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute will continue to confer with the NCAA, the ECAC, and the Liberty League regarding subsequent decisions. Our recreation and intramural programs will be in complete alignment with federal, state, county, and institutional health and safety policies and protocols for testing, tracing, tracking, treatment, and quarantine or isolation as necessary.
It's completely reasonable and shouldn't be this shocking but seeing a local school decided to move on from their Fall sports for the year is worrisome, to say the least. With any luck, this is just the school being cautious and we won't see other schools feel the need to follow suit.