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Patriot League Council of Presidents announce guidance for fall sports

The Patriot League Council of Presidents announced numerous principles, which will guide the development of a Patriot League fall athletics plan regarding health and safety.

Among the items listed is that no team in the Patriot League will fly to competitions and that regular-season competition will exclude overnight travel with rare exceptions. The guidance also noted that:

• Student-athletes will return to campus at the same time as other students

• Patriot League competition will begin at the end of September, with the exception that the league play will be completed prior to Thanksgiving

• Non-league competition will not begin prior to Friday, Sept. 4

• Patriot League member institutions will confirm that non-league competitors are following comparable health and safety protocols in advance of any contest.

The Patriot League athletics directors and league staff will develop schedules to meet these criteria, which will be announced at a future date.

“(Monday) the Patriot League announced a series of guidelines pertaining to the start of athletic competition in the fall. These principles are the result of thorough conversation among Patriot League presidents and athletic directors, and Bucknell Athletics fully supports the league’s position,” Bucknell director of athletics and recreation Jermaine Truax said in a statement. “The health and safety of our entire campus community is the highest priority, and at the same time we will strive to deliver the best possible experience for our student-athletes within those parameters.

“In the coming days we will be working with our fall coaches to revise practice and competition schedules that meet the league’s guidelines while mitigating the health risks to our student-athletes, coaches and staff as much as possible. We will share more specific scheduling information as it becomes available.”

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