Collegiate athletics goes to the heart of our university and our sense of camaraderie because it can bridge gaps, unite people who otherwise might not interact, and provide opportunities for personal growth. Our student-athletes are dedicated, hard-working members of our community, and we appreciate their sacrifices and devotion to their teams.
Last Updated: July 16, 2020, 12:32 p.m.
PSAC Suspension of Fall Sports
On Wednesday, July 15, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) announced that it will postpone all sports through Dec. 31, 2020, due to the pandemic, leaving Mercyhurst with no other recourse than to follow suit.
While this announcement was specific to PSAC sports, Mercyhurst will postpone competition for all Division II sports through Dec. 31, as well as club sports. Plans for spring athletics and Mercyhurst’s Division I ice hockey program have yet to be determined.
We anticipate that student-athletes will have the opportunity to train and practice during the fall in what will become the traditional “out of season” period as dictated by NCAA policies.
The conference is already working on guidelines for skill instruction and strength and conditioning activities under social distancing protocols. Meanwhile, we anticipate playing all fall sports during the spring semester.
While the Lakers may not be competing this fall, Mercyhurst hopes to create an environment for student-athletes that promotes teamwork, physical fitness, and mental discipline. Our athletics staff – who had spent many hours this summer exploring ways in which we could provide our student-athletes with a competitive experience that is safe – will shift their energies toward building an experience that will still provide our student-athletes the physical and mental challenges they desire.
Athletic Director Brad Davis and his staff will host an Athletics Town Hall for student-athletes on Sunday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Head coaches will forward invitations to their teams this week. More detailed information is also available from our Athletics COVID-19 FAQs.
Mercyhurst University Department of Athletics Guidelines
Mercyhurst's Department of Athletics has published a set of guidelines for student-athletes to follow as they return to campus. If you have questions about any of these guidelines or feel as if information is missing, please contact Sue Sweeney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
eSports and Intramural Sports
Despite restrictions on gatherings, students will still be able to get involved and participate with other students, virtually. Mercyhurst is looking to host various eSports tournaments for students throughout the academic year. While logistics are still being finalized, this medium of gaming brings participants together in a safe and practical manner. We’re seeking student input on the following:
- Console vs. PC gaming (depending on interest level, there would be various tournaments/leagues for both consoles and PC)
- Game types (FPS, sports, etc.)
- Tournament style (playing against fellow Mercyhurst students or other schools)
- Prize types for winning teams
- Gaming setup (while most games will be played in your living area, we’re considering options such as hosting games in the Student Union, with social distancing being practiced)
- Some setups may require students to supply their own consoles and games
Mercyhurst plans to offering several physical intramural sports. Intramural sports are excellent ways to meet fellow students, stay active, and more importantly, safe, during the academic year.
More information on how to participate will be made available as the fall semester approaches. If students have questions or suggestions, please contact Joe Spano, director of intramurals, at email@example.com.