Even without competitions, there are opportunities for both our varsity and club student-athletes to participate in sports this fall. And there are also opportunities for those interested in intramurals and general programming.
Sports and recreation are important to our community. WPI students and staff rely on the sports and recreation facilities to help with their personal wellness, while competing in varsity sports, Club, and intramural activities provides a healthy outlet for students all across campus.
Unfortunately, in reviewing the significant challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, WPI has made the difficult decision to not compete in athletic competitions this fall and through Dec. 31. While we acknowledge how disappointing this news is, the health and safety of our entire WPI community remains our top priority.
What You Need to Know Now
- WPI will not compete in athletic (varsity, club or intramurals) competition this fall through Dec. 31.
- The decision to participate in athletic competitions after Jan. 1, 2021, will be made at an appropriate time and will be informed by an evaluation of the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- WPI continues to work to determine how and when to safely reopen our campus sports and recreation facilities.
- The Sports and Recreation Center will be open for students only, in order to provide students with greater access.
Fall teams will be able to engage with their coaches and teammates in various physical fitness, skill development, team bonding, and leadership development activities. Varsity student-athletes will return to campus during the university’s fall move-in dates and follow the move-in procedures established by Residential Services.
Varsity Athletics Return to Campus
Varsity student-athletes will return to campus during the university’s fall move-in and follow the related health and safety procedures established by Residential Services. If varsity athletics resumes this fall, there will not be a preseason before classes start; Fall practices will begin once classes start. Varsity student-athletes will be expected to practice the health and safety protocols required by the university.
Club sports will not compete in outside competition during the fall semester. Opportunities for continued engagement will depend on the level of student interest and coaching availability.
Intramural programming will be held virtually.
Sports & Recreation Facilities
The Sports and Recreation Center will be open with limited access and restrictions, and in accordance with all appropriate federal, state, and local guidelines. Students should expect reduced availability of equipment and hours of operation; a reservation system required for use; enhanced cleaning protocols; social distancing measures; health checks, and required use of cloth face coverings. Users will be expected to wipe down equipment before and after each use with provided cleaning supplies. Locker rooms and showers will not be available.
Please note the facility will be open for students only, in order to provide students with greater access.
Additional adjustments to our reopening plan and operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.