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Hofstra suspends fall sports until spring

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Hofstra University’s Department of Athletics is suspending intercollegiate athletics competition for the fall sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the University's mission to care for the health, safety, and welfare of its student-athletes, coaches, and staff.

“We understand today's announcement is difficult for our Hofstra community and particularly our student-athletes, coaches, and staff,” commented Hofstra Vice President and Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a multitude of incredible challenges to our athletics program. Each and every decision made during this time has been made with student-athlete, coach, and staff welfare, safety, and health at the forefront.

"While our fall sports teams will not be competing, we will continue to plan for the return of our athletic teams to their respective fields of play," Cole Jr. added. "Under the guidelines of CDC, local, state, and Hofstra University, we will pursue a safe return to sports when the situation dictates.”

Although Hofstra teams will not compete during the fall season, practice and strength and conditioning opportunities will be allowed if health and safety guidelines as provided by the CDC, Nassau County, New York State, and Hofstra University are followed. The Hofstra Department of Athletics continues to work diligently on a return to play strategy and one that will provide our athletic programs with a safe environment in which to practice, prepare, and compete.

Hofstra plans to proceed with winter and spring sports competitions as scheduled, as well as the scheduling of fall sports during the spring semester. The University will continue its dialogue with Colonial Athletic Association leadership and its fellow member institutions to ensure that all available information is considered for any future decisions.

The Colonial Athletic Association released the following statement regarding soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country: “The institutions of the Colonial Athletic Association recognize that we compete in a Conference made up of ten distinctive institutions that are located in eight states. As one Conference, we share a commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our student-athletes, campuses, and communities. As we each navigate this pandemic, we recognize that each of our ten members must rely on local and state guidance, as well as medical expertise that may result in different decisions and different timelines for each institution. Therefore, we support each other and the unique circumstances of each of our campuses and communities to make decisions that are best for them. We do so as ten institutions aligned as one Conference.”