The BIG EAST has announced that fall sports competition will not be conducted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BIG EAST Announcement
The BIG EAST Conference and its member institutions have announced that fall sports competition will not be conducted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting Liberty field hockey's upcoming season.
Liberty has been an affiliate member of the BIG EAST since the 2016 campaign and appeared in the conference title game in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Lady Flames hold a 21-7 record in BIG EAST regular season competition since 2016 and have featured 16 All-BIG EAST selections in four years.
Below are further details from the conference:
• The sports affected are: men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, volleyball and field hockey. Sports that are not sponsored by the BIG EAST Conference are not affected.
• The fall sports competition for sports in their non-traditional seasons, which includes, baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's tennis, will not be held.
• During the fall months, BIG EAST student-athletes will be allowed to participate in various team activities such as practices, strength and conditioning sessions and team meetings, consistent with individual campus policies, public health guidelines and NCAA and Conference regulations.
• The BIG EAST COVID Task Force will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in BIG EAST communities. Decisions on winter and spring sports schedules will be made at a later time.
The decision was made in consultation with the BIG EAST COVID-19 Task Force, an intra-conference medical advisory group that includes administrators, doctors, athletic trainers, student-athletes and national experts in global pandemics and infectious diseases.
Please stay tuned to LibertyFlames.com and bigeast.com for further updates as they are made known.