Franklin & Marshall is happy to announce the return of spring athletic competitions, which began March 20.
In early March, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council announced a path forward for spring athletic competitions, endorsing conference competition for institutions that wish to participate as long as they follow a set of strict health protocols applied consistently across all participating institutions. As a part of that decision, the conference will require universal testing, masking and other modifications to game management standards.
Eight Diplomat teams have resumed competition, including baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's golf, and men's and women's tennis. Men's and women's outdoor track and field begins April 3; men's and women's rowing starts April 10.
“The pandemic has greatly impacted the experience of each student-athlete in every sport,” said Director of Athletics & Recreation Lauren Packer Webster. “Our coaches have brought their teams together in a variety of ways for practices, training, virtual engagement and leadership development over the last several months and our community has worked very hard to adapt so that when it was safe to compete again, we would be ready. I know our student-athletes appreciate the opportunity to see all their efforts pay off in competition after navigating the challenges of this disrupted year.”
Franklin & Marshall administrators will continue to monitor the latest federal and state health and safety guidelines. Visitors to campus, including outside spectators at athletic competitions, are not permitted to attend.
“We don't operate as a stand-alone unit – we're part of an integrated, residential community. We will react to the conditions the same way that PORT (the Pandemic Operations Response Team) reacts to them,” Packer Webster said.
“The ultimate goal is health and safety. We work with PORT to make any modifications as necessary. If at any point conditions do not allow for a healthy and safe competitive environment, we will postpone competitions and alter the way the practices are conducted,” she said.
"The safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and our campus community remains paramount, and we have consulted widely to determine the requirements that we and other teams will need to meet to make competition possible. After a great deal of careful planning, I believe that we can continue to provide a safe, secure environment for limited competitions with sister Centennial institutions that have chosen to participate and follow the conference's rigorous and strict health and safety requirements,” Franklin & Marshall President Barbara Altmann said.
The College has updated its FAQ Guide to assist in answering any additional questions.