Athletic Updates

The Department of Athletics’ commitment to safety protocols for our student-athletes will continue for the winter and spring seasons.

At this time, with guidance from the NCAA and American Rivers Conference, in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as federal and state health officials, UD plans to hold competitions for the following sports:

Winter Sports
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Wrestling
Spring Sports
  • Baseball
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Softball
Fall Sports That Were Moved to Spring
  • Football
  • Men’s Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Women’s Soccer

A Guide to Campus Athletics

All student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff will receive additional education and training on safety and minimizing risk of infection. In addition, the following protocols will remain in place:

  • Student-athletes will be screened for infection each day during their sport’s season. Any student-athlete showing symptoms will be isolated in order to protect teammates and staff.
  • All student-athletes and staff members are expected to follow University guidelines and protocols for proper hygiene including washing hands and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • All eligible student-athletes will be tested for COVID-19 upon return from winter break.
  • Weekly testing will be completed based on the NCAA and American Rivers Conference guidelines for competition.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting practices will occur on high use surfaces and in high traffic areas including locker rooms, weight rooms, and other athletic facilities.
  • When appropriate, athletics staff will utilize video conferencing or other communication methods for team meetings.

Spectator Information

Working in conjunction with the University’s COVID-19 Task Force in preparation for upcoming athletic competitions this spring, the Department of Athletics has implemented the following outdoor spectator policies:

Softball Field and Dan W. Runkle Baseball Field 
All spectators are asked to social distance from people outside their immediate home. Face coverings are required when social distancing cannot be maintained. There are no spectator limits at this time.

Oyen Field (Soccer and Lacrosse)
All spectators are asked to social distance from people outside their immediate home.

Face coverings are required upon entrance to the venue and when social distancing cannot be maintained.  There are no spectator limits at this time.  Food is not allowed inside the venue.

Chalmers Field (Football)
All spectators are asked to social distance from people outside their immediate home. Face coverings are required at all times while inside the venue. There are no spectator limits at this time. No tailgating will be permitted. No concessions will be available.  

Douglas J. Miller Outdoor Track
All spectators will be asked to social distance from people outside their immediate home. Face covering are required at all times while inside the venue. Seating will be on the stadium side connected to the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center. Spectators are not allowed inside designated team camp areas, which will be clearly marked. There will no spectator limits at this time.

The UD attendance indoor event policy has not changed at this time.

Stoltz Sports Center (Jon Davison Court)
Student-athletes, coaches, and staff members are allowed up to two people each. The spectator list is submitted by the teams competing. Spectators must check in at the registration table.

Additional spectators will be allowed depending on the number of home and away teams’ fans present. UD students, faculty, and staff will receive an email before home basketball games with a sign up link to attend games – first come, first served. Those who sign up must check-in at the registration table. Anyone who has not signed up in advance will not be allowed to stay for the competition.

All UD athletic facilities are closed to the general public.

During basketball doubleheaders, Stoltz Sports Center will be cleared after the first game for cleaning before spectators will be allowed inside for the second game.

Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
Due to the volume of participants and lack of adequately spaced viewing areas, no spectators will be permitted at this time for any NCAA athletic events. 

Face coverings are required at all times while inside campus buildings and social distancing guidelines are required unless you are members of the same household. Anyone not following these guidelines will be asked to leave the facility.

Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated and we welcome you to Spartan Athletics!

*Updated March 10, 2021

American Rivers Conference Postpones Winter Athletics

September 21, 2020

Cedar Rapids, IowaThe American Rivers Conference will postpone all winter sports competition until no earlier than January 1, 2021. The announcement was made by the conference's Presidents Council, which voted unanimously to approve the recommendation of the A-R-C's Directors of Athletics Council. The decision was made in response to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

The conference sponsors the winter sports of women's and men's basketball, women's and men's indoor track and field, and wrestling. The postponement is for all competition -- games, scrimmages, exhibitions, and/or joint practices -- but does not prohibit practice in those sports. Basketball and wrestling can start practice no earlier than October 1. Indoor track and field could start practice immediately.

The conference expects to release schedules for the previously postponed fall sports of football, women's and men's soccer, and volleyball by not later than September 30.

Further announcements will be made public as appropriate.

American Rivers Conference Makes Announcement Regarding Fall 2020 Intercollegiate Athletics

August 11, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Community,

As many of you know, the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) and its presidents were the last Division III Conference in the country to support a modified fall sports schedule.  We believe that participation is critical to the healthy formation of students. Late last week, after the A-R-C’s announcement, the NCAA issued a set of last-minute mandates that made both implementation and participation in fall 2020 intercollegiate athletics nearly impossible.

Because of the recent NCAA mandates, we as a conference, regrettably adopted the following motion at our late afternoon meeting Monday, August 10: “It is moved that the A-R-C postpone football, soccer, volleyball to the spring semester 2021 and will endeavor to continue as planned with tennis, golf, and cross country for the fall semester 2020.”

With this development, I envision a rigorous and safe fall semester practice for football, soccer, and volleyball while we continue to maintain our screening and testing protocols.  It is the A-R-C’s intention to host a full spring semester of competition for all three sports.  There are many details to work out, but the intention is clear: to host a full, meaningful, and competitive spring semester of competition for the sports that were postponed in fall 2020.

Tennis, golf, and cross country will continue with their modified schedule of competition for fall 2020 with our screening and testing protocols.

I understand the inconvenience and even hardship that this decision has placed on our student-athletes and their families, coaches, athletic trainers, administrators, and support personnel.  Since day one, our commitment has been to our student-athletes and to doing all that we could to ensure a meaningful and safe experience for each one of them.  As of late last week, that commitment was removed from us as a conference and replaced by the poorly written and ambiguous NCAA mandate.

University of Dubuque is committed to working through this time in a way that addresses the needs, concerns, and safety of each student-athlete.  If you have concerns about your safety, we will work with you.  If you have questions about your eligibility, we will work with you and support you.  We will work with each one of you, our students.

I understand that this is not how you envisioned your fall semester at University of Dubuque.  It’s certainly not my preferred way of student participation and welcoming you.  Nevertheless, it is what confronts us now.  And we will each do our best to learn, grow, and work through this experience — together.

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD

- University of Dubuque Athletics -