Dear Union College Community,
We know that many of you have been eager to hear news of our plans for sports competition in the upcoming spring season. After a careful and thorough review with campus constituencies, Liberty League partners and public health professionals, the College announced this afternoon its intention to compete in league play this spring. This decision affects all of Union College’s spring sports: baseball, men’s and women’s crew, women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field. All competitions will take place outdoors.
Our decision was based on the assessment of local and league-wide county data and trends, along with the progress that Union has made over the course of the term. All Liberty League institutions will abide by a set of shared standards including weekly testing for all participants and staff along with the submission of game day attestation forms. All Union student-athletes will continue to operate within campus, league, local and state guidelines to ensure the health and safety of their teams, the campus community, league opponents and our respective institutions.
Competition is expected to begin the weekend of March 26 with an abbreviated schedule against Liberty League opponents leading to a league championship. League schedules, championship formats and details about spectators will be posted at UnionAthletics.com as they become available. All home events will have live video and/or live stats coverage for fans to follow along with the action, while fans can also receive live updates via the Union Athletics Twitter account.
Although this message is prompted by the Liberty League decision to permit spring sports, we want to also acknowledge that spring will see a resumption of many non-athletic student activities. The spring theater production, and other activities that can be pursued consistent with guidelines, will return, providing our community with a fuller experience, and advancing our shared goals.
Intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of many students’ Union experience, and the Union community takes great pride in the accomplishments of our student-athletes: in and out of the classroom, on and off the field. We look forward to seeing our student-athletes representing our College through competition in the spring, combining their excellence in athletics with that in the classroom and the community.
David Harris, President
Strom Thacker, Dean of Faculty and VP for Academic Affairs
Jim McLaughlin ’93, Director of Athletics