Roosevelt University Postpones Fall 2020 Athletic Competitions To Spring 2021
Roosevelt University will postpone all 2020 fall sport intercollegiate athletic competitions as the result of ongoing public health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Roosevelt will begin work immediately to plan the resumption of competition in those impacted sport programs during the 2021 spring academic semester.
The fall championship sport athletic programs offered at Roosevelt University include football, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. Various Roosevelt programs also compete in the fall but have their respective championships conducted during the winter and spring months.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the national governing body that Roosevelt is a member of and a majority of Roosevelt athletic programs compete in, announced on Tuesday evening that fall sport championships for cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball were moved to spring but allowed competition for the fall. The NAIA will determine the status of the football national championship on July 31.
The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), the conference that most Roosevelt athletic programs compete in, announced today that it is moving its conference championships for men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball to spring while keeping its cross country championship in the fall.
In relation to those governing body decisions, Roosevelt will not take part in competitions during the fall. The University will work with its associations and other institutions on spring arrangements to provide the impacted student-athletes with opportunities to safely compete and position themselves for national championship qualification.
Spring sport programs, which traditionally have a limited non-conference intercollegiate competition schedule during the fall semester, will also be postponed until after January 1, 2021. Winter sport programs can anticipate a delayed start to their calendars and a final determination on schedules made in the coming weeks, with a likelihood of no competition occurring until after the end of the calendar year.
During the fall semester, the University will still provide organized team activities for its student-athletes, including modified practices, individual skill development and strength and conditioning sessions, as well as access to the athletic training staff in conjunction with regularly updated processes and protocols based on current public health guidelines.
All athletic scholarships and athletic leadership awards will be honored in 2020-21, even if student-athletes choose not to participate in their respective sport seasons in the spring due to COVID-19 concerns.
“Our position is to put the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the entire Roosevelt community ahead of any other considerations,” said Michael Cassidy, vice president of enrollment management and athletics. “We believe the postponement of fall competition best aligns with this standard following a comprehensive review of the most up-to-date public health guidelines and a detailed Return to Activities Plan developed by our Athletics Department.”
“Our priority has always been, and always will be, the safety of our community, especially our students,” said John Jaramillo, director of athletics. “Our entire department put in a tremendous amount of work in planning to safely bring student-athletes back to campus and provide safe environments for the students and staff to participate in their respective sports starting this fall.”
Jaramillo added, “With the current state of the pandemic across this country, the variables we cannot control, and the scope of everything involved in providing the safest atmospheres possible for our teams and the Roosevelt community as a whole, it is abundantly clear that staging fall competitions in any capacity posed a significant risk to the safety and health of our students, our staff and their families.”
Roosevelt athletics is committed to providing modified activities to students this fall that keep the students engaged within their athletic department programs, their academic pursuits and the University community in preparation for safe competition seasons during the spring semester.
“Athletics are a critical component of student life, and this decision puts the safety of our community first and allows us to create new, unique experiences for Roosevelt Lakers student-athletes,” said Jaramillo.
Fall Championship Sports
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
Men’s and Women’s Soccer
Winter Championship Sports
Men’s and Women’s Basketball
Men’s and Women’s Bowling
Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey
Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field
Spring Championship Sports
Baseball (Chicago and Peoria)
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
Club Football (Peoria)
Spirit (Cheerleading and Dance)