In response to efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the health and well-being of student-athletes and their families, the University of Maine at Farmington has made the decision to cancel its spring athletics schedule, effective March 13, 2020.
The University's decision to cancel participation in practices and competitions scheduled for its baseball, softball, women's lacrosse, and men's and women's outdoor track and field teams — as well as non-traditional field hockey, men's and women's soccer and golf — follows the NCAA's cancellation of Division I men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments and its remaining winter and spring NCAA championships across all divisions. The University's decision also aligns with the recommendation issued by Maine Governor Janet Mills to postpone all gatherings expected to or actually involving 250 attendees or more and CDC recommendations on social distancing to help prevent the spread of the disease.
"We recognize the disappointment and disruption that this decision causes our student-athletes and their families, our coaches, and our staff as well as the many alumni and families who look forward to attending our home and away contests every year," said Julie Davis, director of athletics, fitness, and recreation at Farmington. "This is especially poignant for the senior student-athletes in these sports. But especially in these challenging times, the health, safety, and welfare of our student-athletes and their families are our utmost priorities."