SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College announced Wednesday that winter sports teams — ice hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving — will return to competition next week.
Teams began practice on Monday, in accordance with the college’s campus safety plan, according to a statement. The ice hockey team will be the first to compete next Friday at Norwich University. The hockey team will have a 10-game slate. The basketball teams and swimming and diving teams anticipate scheduling anywhere from two to four contests.
“This was a very careful and cautious decision,” said Skidmore president Marc Conner said in a press release. “We had to be fully satisfied on the health and safety issues. The plan we have developed is superb and consistent with all best practices. I’m just so pleased that our over 400 student-athletes will get to engage in competition. Many of them haven’t played a game since COVID arrived last spring. This is a crucial part of their college experience, and I’m very hopeful we can provide as much meaningful competition for our students as possible.”
The statement outlined testing the ice hockey and men’s and women’s basketball teams three times a week prior to the first week of competition, per NCAA requirements. Other student-athletes and staff, per requirements, will continue to be tested weekly. All athletes will wear masks while competing and traveling, and there will be no overnight travel.