The Patriot League announced on Monday that it will not engage in any athletic competition this fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The league’s decision will impact a number of DMV schools including American University and Georgetown University. American is a full-time member of the conference whose field hockey, volleyball, soccer and cross-country programs will all be affected. As an associate member of the league in football, Georgetown will also miss out on competition due to the announcement.
While games will not take place this fall, the league announced that decisions surrounding winter and spring seasons will be made at a later date and discussions will be had about the possibility of conducting fall seasons during the second semester.
The United States Military and Naval Academies, however, will not be impacted by the decision in the same way as their conference foes, according to a statement from the league.
“Because the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy are unique in their environments and their missions within higher education, the Council of Presidents agree that the academies may continue to engage in competitive opportunities as considered appropriate by their respective Superintendents.”
The news came after many college conferences around the country began releasing their plans for the fall amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, the Ivy League canceled all fall competition while the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced their intent to play a conference-only schedule this fall.
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