The Liberty League—of which Ithaca College is a member—has announced that the league’s Presidents Council has unanimously agreed on a plan for a return to athletics competition this spring. Under the plan, Liberty League competition will begin no earlier than the weekend of March 26, with competition predominantly taking place among league member institutions. Ithaca College student-athletes and team personnel will adhere to a rigorous COVID-19 testing protocol in order to ensure a healthy and safe environment for competition.
“The Liberty League will move forward with cautious optimism as we look to provide competitive opportunities for our student-athletes,” said league commissioner Tracy King. “While COVID-19 infection rates have been declining both nationally and regionally, infectious variants pose a continued threat to our campus communities and our plan for competition. The health and safety of our student-athletes will remain our top priority as we resume Liberty League athletics competition on our campuses.”
Liberty League spring sports include baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rowing, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Ithaca College sponsors all of these with the exception of men’s golf.
The return to competition is a milestone event for the league and IC, as the last home competition on South Hill took place on March 7, 2020, and the final event to be completed last spring occurred on March 12—a softball doubleheader in Florida.
“This is truly a gift,” said Associate Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports Susan Bassett ’79. “Nearly one year after athletics competitions were suspended, we are on the precipice of resuming, with all of the appropriate modifications, safety controls and limitations required to make this possible. I want to thank President Collado, Vice President Ferro, Medical Director Dr. Ellyn Sellers-Selin and Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Christina Moylan and the IC Health and Safety Committee for supporting the Bombers’ return to sport competition.”
“I know how heartbreaking it has been for our scholar-athletes to be sidelined for so long,” said Ithaca College President Shirley M. Collado. “As with all of the decisions that the college has been making over this past year, we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our campus and local communities. I extend my deepest appreciation to those who have been diligently, carefully, and creatively planning for this moment, and I share in the excitement of our scholar-athletes as they look ahead to the opportunity to once again join their teammates in competition.”