TCNJ Athletics is working closely with the New Jersey Athletic Conference to create safe opportunities to resume athletic competition during the spring 2021 semester. Voluntary workouts for athletic conditioning began on campus Monday, November 2.
Ahead of the spring semester, winter sports athletes have returned to campus, with athletic competition scheduled to begin in the middle or end of January.
We are pleased to announce that coaches of fall sports will work with their respective teams to create and offer an enhanced spring training season in preparation for fall 2021.
Spring sports are scheduled to begin in February and will conclude at the end of post-season competition (typically the last week of May).
At this time, TCNJ is not permitting any fans/spectators at its athletic events. Local conditions will continue to be monitored to determine if fans/spectators can be accommodated later in the season.
Lions Gaming (esports) will be able to practice and compete, but both must be done virtually.
Intramurals and Club Sports
Intramurals and club sports will be limited to low-risk activities for the spring 2021 term.
Under NCAA, NFHS, TCNJ, and National Governing Bodies guidelines, each club has been categorized as low, moderate, or high risk based on the nature of the sport in terms of contact and the potential for COVID-19 transmission. This classification will determine how each club practices. Travel will be prohibited for all sport clubs. For our off-campus sport clubs, arrangements will be made for them to practice on campus where possible. However, because travel is restricted, bowling will be limited to meetings, recruitment efforts, and fundraising.
- Low risk: Lions Gaming, swim, tennis
- Low to moderate risk: baseball, bowling, fencing, softball, Spikeball
- Moderate risk: field hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, Unified Sports, men’s volleyball, women’s volleyball
- High risk: men’s basketball, women’s basketball, cheerleading, crew, dance, ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s rugby, women’s rugby, men’s soccer, women’s soccer
Student Organizations and Activities
The Office of Student Involvement will continue to support the meaningful, developmental and vibrant engagement of students and student organizations in the spring 2021 semester. Working with our recognized student organizations, we will implement guidelines and criteria to maintain the health and safety of students participating in student organizations and student organization programming in this Spring Flex semester.
Low-density and low-contact programming will be the standard for all in-person, hybrid, and/or virtual programs. Student organizations will reimagine meetings, events, and activities using physical distancing and virtual options for larger groups or for students who are unable to participate in person. To help recognized student organizations achieve their missions and goals related to programming, the office has developed the Risk Assessment and Planning Tool for student organizations to utilize when planning events.
Designed to help students think through risk-reduction planning related to COVID-19, this tool must be completed along with any program, event, or space request. In this manner, staff can determine the unique request needs and TCNJ’s ability to meet those needs based on space availability and equitable access. This tool provides clear and standard practices so students know, in advance, how to plan their meeting, event, and activity requests.
Student Involvement Fair
A new involvement campaign will help students navigate more than 240 student organizations to find a manageable number to explore during a reimagined virtual Student Involvement Fair in February. Continuing to use the TCNJ Roar app, virtual meeting program, and other technology, students and organizations will be able to easily engage with each other and make meaningful connections. More details will be available shortly.