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Athletics & Recreation

All Athletics & Recreation activity will comply with state, local, CDC, and NCAA guidelines.

Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Intercollegiate Athletics will take a phased approach to returning to campus and athletic activity. View the full Athletics Operational Plan.
  • An Athletics Health and Safety Committee will assist with the monitoring of policies and procedures and ensure the safe transition between stages of the Operational plan.
  • Student-athlete and staff personal responsibility
    • In addition to the personal responsibility guidelines that are required for all students, faculty, and staff in this document, student-athletes and athletics staff will be required to:
      • Face coverings
        • When outside of your residence hall/apartment and not actively involved in a workout, wearing a face covering is mandatory.
        • Face coverings are mandatory during skill-building and strength and conditioning workouts, in addition to proper physical distancing guidelines.
        • Face coverings are mandatory at all times and must cover both your nose and mouth.
        • Students will receive one reusable mask from the university. It is encouraged to also bring your own to campus and wash them as necessary.
      • Physical distancing when not participating in your sport
        • When not involved in direct physical activity when contact is permitted, you must physically distance as much as possible.
      • No sharing of anything
        • i.e. equipment, phones, water bottles, clothing, towels, etc.
  • For Student-Athletes:
    • In addition to the protocol outlined above for students who are symptomatic, have tested positive, or have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, student-athletes will also need to notify their athletic trainer.
  • Testing
    • Student-athletes and staff who are scheduled to return to campus prior to the start of the semester will be tested for COVID-19 upon their return.
    • After the initial entrance testing, individuals who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case will be tested.
    • Other surveillance testing will be performed in accordance with PDPH, NCAA and Atlantic 10 guidelines.
  • Competition and travel
    • Competition will not begin prior to the successful completion of all stages of the Athletics Operational plan.
    • Competition seasons will be regional and travel will be limited to bus travel, when possible. Overnight trips will be avoided as much as possible.
    • If an away game requires a team to travel to an area with a high number of COVID-19 cases, this will be taken into careful consideration to determine if the team should still travel for competition. The University reserves the right to cancel any competition that will take place in any area that is considered a hot spot.
      • This will also be the case if a team is traveling to La Salle from a hot spot.
  • Team meetings will occur virtually.


  • All recreation facilities and programming will adhere to local, state, and CDC guidelines.
  • Recreation programming and classes will require pre-registration and capacity may be limited to allow for physical distancing.
  • Hand sanitizers, gym wipes, and hand wipes will be available for beginning and ends of workouts. Students will need to wipe down equipment and hands before workouts and after workouts.
  • The La Salle Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Fitness Center will be open, when permitted by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, with physical distancing in place. Face coverings must be worn in the IBC.
  • It is already a policy for the IBC to wipe down equipment before and after use, this will be continued. There will also be buffer times in the workout spaces to allow for proper sanitation of the spaces.
  • Appointments are mandatory to work out in the IBC. They can be made with online through IM Leagues. Please follow instructions here.
  • Fitness classes will be conducted virtually or outside with physical distancing in place.
  • The following areas will not be accessible in IBC:
    • Locker rooms
    • Showers
  • No bags allowed in cubbies. They must be kept with you at all times.
  • No spitting on floors or hands.
  • All respiratory etiquette outlined in this document must be followed.
  • Personal protective equipment
    • All patrons are to wear masks while in a gym or fitness center. This includes while a patron is engaged in activity, fitness, and workout.
    • Student-workers will wear masks.
    • Student-workers will wear gloves when cleaning and moving equipment.
  • Satellite fitness rooms
    • Satellite fitness rooms will be closed at the beginning of the semester. Campus Recreation will evaluate reopening after the semester starts and will alert the student population and Residence Life.