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.

In February 2021, the Ivy League Council of Presidents announced a league-wide decision on varsity sports noting that consistent with its commitment to safeguard the health and well-being of student-athletes and community members, the league would:

  • not hold league competition or host league championships during the spring 2021 season;
  • but put in place a process that could allow for limited, local spring competition if public health conditions allow for greater levels of in-person activity at Ivy League campuses. 

At Brown, intercollegiate spring sport student-athletes are permitted currently to participate in sport-specific practice activity and competition, pursuant to the Ivy League Phase IV level of activities, which allow for local competition, and as permitted by campus policies. Effective Saturday, April 3, Brown’s spring teams are permitted to compete against local institutions. Spectators are not permitted to attend home games at Brown, and attendance at away games will be determined by the host institution.

Fall and winter intercollegiate athletic teams may participate in sport-specific practice activity, pursuant to Ivy League Phase III level of activities, and as permitted by campus policies. 

Team practices may be held outdoors, with full team practices inclusive of all team members, coaches and support staff. The number of athletes permitted in indoor practices is limited to social distancing by square footage. Masks and social distancing will be required, and personal equipment has been distributed to and will be maintained by individual student-athletes.

All community members are strongly encouraged to exercise individually outdoors, on and off-campus. Community members are encouraged to take advantage of getting outside as much as possible.

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 April 2, 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.