Athletics, Recreation and Fitness Center
Learn more about athletics, recreation and the fitness center as Merrimack reopens.
Per vote of the membership of the Northeast Conference (NEC), all fall sport competition is postponed for the upcoming season. This postponement applies to NEC sponsored sports and impacts men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The membership agreed to reconvene again by October 1 to evaluate the public health crisis and competitive options moving forward. No decision has been made at this point regarding winter or spring sports. Residential fall sport student-athletes will be permitted to train and practice this season, but will need to follow the rigorous safety procedures developed in preparation for the return to athletic activity on campus, all consistent with or exceeding the guidelines established by Merrimack College, the NEC, Hockey East, the NCAA and the State of Massachusetts. Learn More
Attendance will be very limited at sporting events, and strict social distancing will be enforced. Athlete parents and residential students will be allowed to attend, but the College reserves the right to limit access depending on the game, practice or event. Games and events will be streamed on the Internet.
Club sport competition is canceled for the fall semester. Specific clubs that participate in noncontact sports may be permitted to continue practice activity with prior approval from the Department of Athletics. No off-campus club sport activity will be permitted.
Intramural activity will occur during the academic year on a limited basis, with an effort to create activities that will best promote appropriate distancing and support the health and safety of all participants. The athletic fields and outdoor track will be available for recreational use at times when they are not scheduled for varsity use. Part of MPR will be available for noncontact recreational activity, with capacity limits. Recreational skating hours will also be offered with capacity limits.
The College anticipates that the Fitness Center will be open this fall for use by students, faculty and staff. In order to best promote the health and safety of all facility patrons, new protocols will be implemented, including social distancing, respacing of fitness equipment, and expanded cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and surfaces. Due to these new protocols, certain equipment and areas of the fitness center may not be available for use. Capacity limits will be enforced in the space, and advance reservations may be required. Reservations may be required depending on utilization.