Club Sports, Intramurals, and Recreation

Club sports will look similar to this past fall with modified sport activities. Student Activities is creating a return-to-play process that begins with small-group, noncontact activities where outdoor spaces are prioritized and there is appropriate physical distancing, handwashing, cleaning protocols, and other safeguards. Realizing that this will change the nature of many sports, any team activities that cannot meet these requirements will be canceled. Teams should not expect any intercollegiate competition this spring. Any team activities that take place during the spring semester will begin with these conservative steps to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission. Middlebury club sports must follow all CDC, Vermont, and Middlebury requirements.

Intramurals will be limited in the spring, as they were in the fall. We do not anticipate any team intramural activities. Single-day events for activities that can be done with face coverings and physical distancing are possible, and student input is welcome. Students can share ideas with Director of Intramurals Mark Lewis at markl@middlebury.edu.

Outdoor athletics facilities, including fields, the track, and the tennis courts next to Proctor Terrace, will be available for student use subject to applicable safety requirements. The Department of Athletics and the Student Activities Office will collaborate to provide low-risk, noncontact recreational activities for students in the spring. In addition, we are working to provide expanded recreational outdoor activities—at no cost for students. These will take place at a variety of locations, including the main campus, the Ralph Myhre Golf Course, Bread Loaf, and the Snow Bowl.

Fitness Center

Middlebury College anticipates that the fitness center and cardio area in Kenyon Arena will continue to be open for use only by students this spring, if campus health conditions allow. Protocols have been developed to prioritize the health and safety of everyone using or working in the facility, including physical distancing, spacing out of fitness equipment, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and surfaces. Some equipment and areas of the fitness center and cardio balcony may not be available for use; face coverings will need to be worn for most activities; limits will be placed on the number of concurrent users and the duration of each visit; and advance reservations will be required to access the facility.

Physical Education Classes

Middlebury is planning to offer many of its physical education (PE) classes this spring, subject to physical distancing requirements and new safety protocols. Some PE classes will be canceled for health and safety reasons, but Middlebury plans to replace as many of those classes as possible with alternative in-person and flexible remote classes that can be offered safely. A complete list of PE course offerings will be published as soon as possible, and before the registration period.

Varsity Sports

While we are not yet able to make a decision about spring athletics, we expect conditions to be similar to those of the fall semester. We will make an announcement about NESCAC play at a later date. Even if there is not full NESCAC conference play, we will do everything we can to work toward limited regional play in the warmer months, as COVID-19 conditions and state of Vermont guidelines allow. The NESCAC presidents agreed to provide as much flexibility as possible for coaches, strength and conditioning personnel, and sports medicine staff to work with both in-season and off-season student-athletes to provide a safe and engaging experience. We expect that there will continue to be significant opportunities for coaches to provide meaningful athletic experiences for Middlebury student-athletes this spring. Coaches will communicate directly with varsity student-athletes as soon as final decisions are made.

Eligibility to Return

The NCAA released an updated blanket waiver on October 28, 2020. The waiver indicates that no student-athletes (fall, winter, spring) will be charged the use of a season of participation for any participation during the 2020–21 academic year (including practice, meetings, and competition). Details may be found in the NCAA’s Blanket Waiver Guide.

The College will remain as flexible as possible for student-athletes who want to rejoin their team(s) after deferring for a semester or the full year. Student-athletes are encouraged to remain in close contact with their coach if they have specific questions about where they might fit into their team, given returning players and incoming first-years next year. Please also note, in accordance with our refund policy, students can get a full refund if they withdraw before the semester starts. Middlebury will allow all students who have taken time off to return, though housing constraints might affect when they can return. The refund policy will follow a schedule similar to previous semesters. Please visit Withdrawal Refunds for additional information.

Varsity sports–related questions should be directed to the student’s coach.