Campus Updates

Visit the campus updates page for information on Mount Holyoke's response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates site contains details about the spring semester.

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Recreation and Athletics

Mount Holyoke College plans to host in-person practices for resident students on spring-sport varsity teams. We will continue to include all enrolled student-athletes in virtual programming and events for athletes — Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; Student-Athlete Leadership Team; Athlete Empowerment Coalition; Girls, Inc. virtual community service; and Peak Performance Programming. Participation in all practices (virtual or in person) is limited to enrolled students who have been medically/compliance cleared. Coaches will work with all team members regardless of location to ensure engagement.  

Should conditions allow, there may be a possibility for late spring, non-traditional competitions for fall and winter sports. 

Varsity student-athletes must meet all medical clearance and compliance requirements in order to practice and compete. Varsity student-athletes residing on campus must participate in MHC’s weekly COVID-19 testing program.

In-person practices for varisty student-athletes will begin on Febraury 1, 2021. There will be a quarantine period for all students when they return to campus, so remote practices will occur during that time. Varsity team meetings outside of scheduled practices (e.g., compliance, athletic training orientation, chalk talks) may occur virtually at the start of the semester.

Mount Holyoke College has decided to not participate in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)'s continuation of the spring season and championships. The College will focus on exploring opportunities for local competition for its student-athletes.

This decision aligns with our continued commitment to the health and safety of the Mount Holyoke College student-athletes. A decision regarding local competition will be made later in March. 

Kendall Sports & Dance Complex will be available for in-residence students. More information about hours and availability can be found on the Athletics website.

The six club sport teams (dressage, western, fencing, ice hockey, rugby and ultimate frisbee) will be allowed to practice in the Spring 2021 semester under the supervision of their coach. No club sports teams will be permitted to participate in competitions during the Spring 2020 semester, unless they are virtual. Practices will be modified by coaches to maintain a safe environment. Practice plans will be pre-approved by Athletics, Student Involvement and the Health Center. All club sport student-athletes and coaches must participate in the College’s testing program.

For more information, please visit the athletics website.