UMF Athletics COVID-19 Update

UMF Athletics COVID-19 Update

To the UMF Beaver Community,

After careful consideration of health and safety data, protocols, sports medicine guidelines, and the increased risk associated with competition, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our fall 2020 competition schedule for varsity sports.  This difficult decision was recommended by the UMF Department of Athletics, with the full support of the University's senior leadership team.

The decision follows months of hard work by the UMF Athletics Action Team, led by our sports medicine and health professionals, in coordination with administrators and coaches, to consider and consult across campus and University of Maine System (UMS) fall planning groups.  Additionally, we've been working with North Atlantic Conference (NAC) members in particular to share information, context, and impact considerations to determine what, if anything, we could support in terms of competition.  Our priorities have always been student-athlete development, opportunity and safety – over schedules and championships. We continue to plan for safe, fun, and inspiring alternatives to the competitive portion of our season.

We truly value all of what a 'normal season' affords – the outcomes of participation in UMF Athletics are amazing and transformative.  In these unprecedented times, it is still valuable for our student-athletes to continue training, developing skills, working together and supporting one another while making progress towards degrees.  Collectively, we will be creative and create the best experience we can within these health and safety parameters. Our students and staff are resilient and we are confident we will make the most of an unfortunate situation.  We understand this is especially challenging for our senior student-athletes.  We have their best interests at heart.

We will continue to monitor the pandemic and health implications closely and work with our conferences, the NCAA, and local opponents to determine what is possible as the academic year progresses.  Waivers to preserve seasons of eligibility have already been approved and other ideas and legislative proposals are being developed for consideration.  We will update our community when new information is available.

Together we will lift each other up and move forward.

With deep respect,

Edward Serna, President

Julie A. Davis, Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation