The Lehigh Mountain Hawks line up for a snap against the Lafayette Leopards at Goodman Stadium. The Patriot League announced it has canceled all fall sports due to the pandemic. (Sam Henry/B&W Staff)

BREAKING: Patriot League to cancel all fall sports

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Update: Lehigh University campus athletics staff has decided to cancel all fall club sports, per a July 15 letter addressed to club sports participants and coaches.

The letter, signed by assistant athletic director Doug Strange, club sports director Jane Josephson and assistant club sports director Matt Kutz, comes on the heels of the Patriot League’s decision to cancel all fall Division I sports on July 13.

The letter said that just how the Patriot League had concerns over maintaining health and safety while conducting Division I sports, the campus athletics staff also had similar concerns about club sports.

“We recognize this decision will create disappointment as it did for our intercollegiate sport athletes and coaches, however the health and safety of our students, staff and community must be our highest priority,” the letter said.

The letter said the campus athletics staff will continue to monitor the campus community and regional health metrics in order to make decisions about winter and spring club sports during the fall.

July 13: The Patriot League has decided to cancel all fall sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced earlier today.

Read the full announcement here. 

The decision does not yet impact winter or spring sports. Conditioning, strength training and other practice opportunities in all sports “will be permitted provided health and safety conditions support such activities,” the league said.

“The League is committed to exploring creative approaches and alternatives to providing future competitive experiences to our fall sport student-athletes, including the possibility of conducting fall sport competition and championships in the second semester,” the announcement read.

The decision was signed by the Patriot League Council of Presidents, which includes Lehigh President John Simon.

The decision comes after the Ivy League announced last week it will cancel all sports until Jan. 1, 2021.

 

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