It is being widely reported that, as expected, The Ivy League has canceled fall sports for 2020. No sports will be contested until at least January 1; no decision about spring sports has been made at this time.
The release from the Ivy League: Ivy League Outlines Intercollegiate Athletics Plans; No Competition in Fall Semester.
The release notes that:
-Practice and other training will be allowed provided they adhere to institutional and state guidelines and requirements
-Fall sport student-athletes will not use a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility in the fall, whether or not they enroll; being able to compete in a fifth year will be possible but will require working within institutional guidelines
More resources for athletes:
-Incoming Student-Athlete FAQ
- Ivy League Places All Sports on Hold Until January.
Yesterday, the Centennial Conference largely cancelled fall sports; conference schools are Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford, Johns Hopkins (No Rowing), Mcdaniel, Muhlenberg, Swarthmore, Ursinus, Washington College. Centennial Conference Update Regarding Fall 2020.
The Centennial announcement includes several details that have been under discussion by many conferences and schools across the country, noting that further decisions may be made as regards on-campus sports-related activities this fall, and whether fall sports might be moved to the spring. There will definitely be no Centennial football this fall.
Several more schools, especially at the D3 level, have already announced the cancellation of fall sports; among rowing schools, these include Bowdoin, Williams, and others.
There is considerable speculation as to whether the cancellation is a bellwether for all collegiate sports and will function as just the first domino to fall - as the Ivy announcement of the cancellation of spring sports did back in March - or if other conferences and schools, especially those that rely on football as a revenue generator for athletic departments and indeed entire universities and college towns, will try to figure out a way to have a fall season.
Interested parties are also watching the professional sports leagues, as was the case in March when the NBA cancelled competition after Rudy Gobert tested positive less than 48 hours after the Ivies cancelled spring sports.