We previously announced Grinnell athletic teams will not compete during the fall seasons (football, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, women's tennis, women's golf, men’s and women's cross country). We are now extending that difficult decision to include the winter seasons (men’s and women’s basketball, swim/dive, and indoor track). We have not made a final decision on spring sports, but we acknowledge that participation in spring seasons will require a significant shift in public and community health. We share with you the disappointment these losses bring.
We have approached every decision about the coming school year, including this one, utilizing a public health framework that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. Given the College’s location in a small, rural area, our value of social responsibility, and our need to maintain a small campus population this fall, the inherent risk of transmission associated with competition and travel, we feel this is the safest choice in an enduringly challenging situation.
Intercollegiate competition is an important dimension of all sports. We cannot pretend to replace it or that our student-athletes will not feel its absence. Sports are being redefined across country by the pandemic. Our athletic department is hard at work developing alternatives to intercollegiate competition that are valuable for our student-athletes, while also protecting their wellbeing and the health of our community.