Catholic Cancels All Athletic Activities for Spring Semester

Catholic Cancels All Athletic Activities for Spring Semester

UPDATED March 18, 2020 - 7:22 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday evening, Catholic University president John Garvey announced that classes will continue to be taught online through the end of the term and that residence halls will remain closed.

As a result, all athletics and recreational activities this spring have been canceled.

The DuFour Center and its adjoining outdoor facilities remain closed during this time. All camps and clinics as well as external events slated to be hosted by Catholic athletic facilities throughout the spring semester are also canceled.

In preparation for possible summer events and activities at DuFour, the University will review such opportunities as more about the public health becomes known throughout the current semester.

"I know this is a disappointment, particularly for our graduating seniors who were looking forward to their last spring on campus, but it is best for the safety of all," said Garvey. "The thing that has struck me most forcefully over the past few weeks has been, not the progress of the virus, but the courage, creativity, energy, and compassion with which our staff and faculty, students and parents, have responded."

On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that no gatherings of 50 or more people take place for the next eight weeks.

Please consult the University's dedicated coronavirus resource page for regularly updated FAQs on academics, student life and University operations.


UPDATED March 18, 2020 - 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After thoughtful deliberation, the Landmark Conference, with unanimous support from its eight institutional Presidents, has made the difficult decision to cancel the league's spring sports seasons and respective championship events.

"The conference had remained hopeful for competition to resume this spring, but due to the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we are prioritizing the health and well-being of not only our student-athletes and campus support staff, but their respective local communities by encouraging social distancing," said Commissioner Katie Boldvich.

The Landmark will continue to recognize the achievements of its outstanding student-athletes through the remainder of the spring.

In addition, the NCAA has waived the use of a season of participation for all student-athletes in spring sports as well as the use of the spring semester towards the 10 semester/15 quarter limit.

During this time, please consider the recommendations from the NCAA's COVID-19 Advisory Panel.

Catholic University continues to monitor and reassess the situation and expects to announce a decision on all campus operations by Wednesday, March 25 regarding what will occur at our institution after Monday, March 30.

Meanwhile, the DuFour Center and its adjoining outdoor facilities remain closed until further notice.

Please refer to this page for the latest updates regarding athletic operations and schedules. Updates are also available on the University's response page and the Landmark Conference website.

COVID-19 has caused disruption to everyone. It is important to be aware of the potential negative impact that a crisis can have on our mental and physical health, often because of a breakdown in self-care.

The CDC webpage on managing anxiety and stress provides a practical overview of self-care and resources. The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a comprehensive information and resource guide that addresses self-care and community/national resources.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration tip sheet answers questions about COVID-19, social distancing, quarantine and isolation.

The National Alliance on Mental Health Illness website provides a comprehensive guide to national and local resources. Know that there is help when needed.

We hope every Catholic University student-athlete and their family are doing well despite the uncertainty we all face.


UPDATED March 13, 2020 - 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Given the rapidly developing local response to COVID-19 and related guidance, effective immediately, please be aware of the following University actions as they relate to varsity athletics:

  • All intercollegiate athletic related events, including all competition, practice (both traditional and non-traditional segments) and team activities are canceled until further notice.

  • As of today, 3/13/20, all external events hosted by Catholic athletic facilities are also canceled until further notice. This includes all camps and clinics held at Catholic University athletic facilities. The likelihood of these activities taking place in April will be assessed thoughout the month of March.

  • All prospective student-athlete visits should be rescheduled for after the month of March. We encourage all interested student-athletes to reschedule to a convenient date and time.

  • The DuFour Center and its adjoining outdoor facilities will close on Monday, March 16. They will remain closed until further notice.

  • The residence halls will also close on Monday, March 16. Until then, students are able to freely access the residence halls to retrieve essentials. After noon on Monday, any student who needs to return to campus to retrieve essentials from their room should contact to make arrangements. Students currently remaining in the residence halls are instructed to leave campus until the University resumes classes on campus which is currently scheduled for Monday, March 30, but will be reassessed on Wednesday, March 25.

  • Students who are returning to Washington, D.C. from Spring Break trips may retrieve essentials from the residence halls and should make plans to depart the campus by noon on Monday, March 16. We know that some students may not be able to depart the residence halls due to extraordinary circumstances. They should contact the Dean of Students for assistance at

  • Today, the NCAA Division III Administrative Committee, effective immediately, approved a blanket waiver for all student-athletes participating in spring sports as follows: (a) Waive the use of a season of participation for all student-athletes in spring sports. If an institution continues or re-starts its season, this relief would still exist; and (b) Waive the use of the spring semester towards their limit of 10 semesters/15 quarters, regardless of whether they used a season.

  • Despite the NCAA's announcement of the cancelation of all winter and spring NCAA postseason tournaments, the Landmark Conference remains committed to exploring opportunities for competition for its spring sport student-athletes and programs.

Please refer to this page for the latest updates regarding athletic operations and schedules.

Updates are also available on the University's response page and the Landmark Conference website.

We thank you for your patience. Expectations are changing rapidly, at times, hourly. Therefore, we appreciate your understanding.


UPDATED March 12, 2020 - 8:50 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, the NCAA announced the cancelation of all remaining national championships for winter and spring sports and the Landmark Conference announced that all scheduled conference contests from March 14 through April 5 have been postponed.

On Tuesday, Catholic University announced its decision to cancel classes on March 16 and 17 to allow for classes to be moved online until at least Monday, March 30.

The following is what all of this means for Catholic Athletics.

  • Any fall, winter or spring varsity student-athlete who chooses not to participate in any organized team activity may do so without issue. If a varsity student-athlete chooses to stay home while classes are online, that is perfectly acceptable. Varsity student-athletes are not mandated to return to team activity until either they choose to do so or the University resumes normal in-person operations. Varsity student-athletes may self-select their choice of action.
  • While Landmark Conference games are suspended until at least April 6, spring non-conference contests will be allowed to continue as possible.
  • Until further notice, any varsity contest Catholic University does host will be under a "no spectator" policy. This includes parents and family members. Only rostered participants, coaching staffs, University event personnel and contest officials will be allowed on-site. Athletics Communications will provide live video and live stats of every contest possible.
  • All spring varsity non-traditional segment practices may not begin until March 25.
  • As of now, all external events hosted by Catholic athletic facilities, may continue as scheduled. The "no spectator" policy will be in effect for these events as well until further notice. Please consult that team or organization's website for updated information.
  • Efforts will be made to keep the DuFour Center and its outdoor facilities open for student usage. However, access to certain areas like the Hanley Family Weight Room and pool is dependent upon appropriate staffing. Please check our facilities page for updates.

Changes to our athletics operation are very possible, if not likely. Please refer to this page for the latest updates regarding these operations and our schedules. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please visit the University's response page for more information, resources and safety tips.