Athletics, Recreation and Fitness Center
Learn more about athletics, recreation and the fitness center as Merrimack reopens.
Merrimack, in partnership with the other members of both the Northeast Conference (NEC) and Hockey East, is continuing to conduct winter basketball and ice hockey seasons. All activity will continue to be consistent with or exceed the policies and guidelines established by Merrimack College, the NEC, Hockey East, the NCAA and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including COVID-19 testing up to three (3) times per week for student-athletes while in their competitive seasons. Travel will continue to be limited to exclude overnight trips whenever possible and air travel will not be permitted.
As announced at the time of the postponement of fall sports (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball), the NEC Council of Presidents has committed to exploring opportunities to reschedule the competition season to this spring, in alignment with the rescheduled NCAA championships. Any student-athlete intending to compete in the Spring semester will need to be registered and enrolled as either a residential or a commuter student. Remote students will not be permitted to participate in athletic activity.
It is anticipated that spring sport schedules, as well as the schedules for fall sports competing this spring, will be modified to include a reduction in non-conference competition and a focus on regional opponents in an effort to limit extended travel. Overnight trips will be limited to the extent possible and air travel will not be permitted.
Student-athletes will return to campus at the end of January as part of the College’s move-in plan. There will not be an early move-in period for student-athletes. Athletic activity will resume after move-in is completed and all required COVID-19 testing has been conducted.
It is unlikely that spectators will be permitted at athletic events on campus for the remainder of the academic year.
Club sport competition will remain suspended for the start of the Spring semester and will be reassessed as the semester advances. Clubs will be permitted to participate in noncontact group activity with prior approval from the Department of Athletics. Off-campus club sport activity may be permitted pending review of facilities used, transportation and participation plans.
Intramural activity will continue during the Spring semester on a limited basis, with a continued effort to offer 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. Recreational skating hours will also be offered with capacity limits. Additionally, two new outdoor basketball courts have been added just in front of Hamel Health Center.
The Fitness Center will remain open this spring for use by students, faculty and staff in accordance with State guidelines for gym/fitness center operations. In order to best promote the health and safety of all facility patrons, the protocols enacted for the fall semester, including social distancing, respacing of fitness equipment, and expanded cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and surfaces, will continue through the spring semester. Capacity limits will continue to be enforced through the use of the online reservation system. In-person group exercise classes may resume on a limited basis and with limited capacity. Additionally, remote group exercise classes will continue to be offered at no cost to members of the Merrimack community.