Athletics and Recreation

The pandemic’s evolution and public health guidance from officials are guiding phased decision-making on varsity athletics, recreational programs and fitness facilities.

On Nov. 12, 2020, the Ivy League Council of Presidents announced a league-wide decision on varsity sports noting that:

  1. given the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and campus policies in place at the league's member schools, it would not be possible to conduct intercollegiate athletics competition in winter sports during the 2020-21 season;
  2. the leauge will not conduct competition for previously cancelled fall sports during the Spring 2021 semester;
  3. and intercollegiate athletics competition for spring sports is postponed through at least the end of February 2021.

While competition remains cancelled for the moment, sports programs are permitted by the league to phase in training and practice activity beginning with the start of Spring 2021 classes. Moving forward with any of those phases will only happen if health conditions allow and as campus policies and guidance from health officials allows.

With winter intercollegiate athletics cancelled, the importance of those teams and games to both individual students and the community as a whole will be acknowledged during the spring, and efforts will be made to realize the community-building benefits of intercollegiate athletics, even while their activities are limited.

Decisions on fitness facilities and recreational programs continue to be made in accordance with public health guidelines and recommendations and may shift as the pandemic evolves and health guidance changes. For the most up-to-date information on the status or fitness and recreational programs, consult the policies currently in effect on the Campus Activity Status page.

Last updated Jan. 5, 2021. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.