Emerson cancels seasons for non-competing sports teams

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The women’s volleyball team is one of the 10 sports teams impacted by the decision.

By Christopher Williams, Sports Editor

Emerson canceled all non-competing sports seasons on Monday morning following guidance from the Boston Public Health Commission due to a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus and in the city, according to Athletic Director Patricia Nicol.

“It was a recommendation because the numbers are increasing, and we want to take every precautionary measure we can,” Nicol said in a phone interview with The Beacon.

The decision follows the college’s highest spike in COVID-19 positive tests to date after 22 positives were reported across three days on Saturday. An unnamed member of an athletics team said the spread began with the women’s basketball team and affected other teams.

The announcement follows the cancelation of sports activities by the college last weekend. Emerson announced the cancelation of the women’s lacrosse game against Clark University on Thursday night “due to COVID-19 protocols,” and then canceled all sports practices and games for the weekend on Friday. 

Monday’s cancelation affects 10 teams that were practicing this semester: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s volleyball.

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Spring sports teams—baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and softball—will continue to compete this season. At this time, it is unclear as to when practices will restart, but games are still scheduled for this weekend.