Athletics Updates and Frequently Asked Questions
As our understanding of COVID-19 evolves, Seton Hall works to update our plans and policies appropriately. The following frequently asked questions will be updated as new information becomes available.
Updates and Messages
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- Earlier this spring, Seton Hall Athletics stayed engaged with its student-athletes with remote education through the Pirate Wellness Video Series.
- Find out who was the best of the best in 2019-20 by checking out the SHUCademy Awards.
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This pandemic has affected many student-athletes and will continue to affect them moving forward into next year. Due to the NCAA cutting national distributions to member institutions and passing legislation to grant spring sport student-athletes a waiver to gain back a year of eligibility, there is a greater financial need on our athletics department to continue providing the best student-athlete experience. Make an immediate impact by donating to Pirate Blue.
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The Seton Hall Athletic Ticket Office is currently working remotely and can be reached by:
NCAA and Eligibility Center Information
- Latest NCAA COVID-19 Information
- NCAA's Question & Answer Guide Regarding COVID-19
- Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport
Athletics Support Offices
- Sports Medicine - Contact Tony Testa
- Strength & Conditioning - Contact Jason Nehring
- Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes - Contact your specific academic advisor
Athletics at Seton Hall will resume in accordance with state, DOH, NCAA, and conference guidelines. The Department of Athletics will be responsible for implementing and enforcing all health and safety protocols.
Prior to Return to Campus
- Prior to the return to campus, Seton Hall will hold online/virtual education sessions for student-athletes, coaches, and staff on health and safety precautions, including mitigation strategies, reporting of symptoms, and testing. Athletics will supplement these education sessions with written materials.
- Athletes and staff must be able to state that they have had no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and that they do not live with or have not had close/sustained contact ( less than 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes) with anyone who is sick within 14 days of returning to campus.
- Student-athletes and staff who are experiencing or have experienced symptoms or have had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to get tested and/or self-quarantine before returning to campus.
Testing, Tracing, Quarantining, Isolation
- PPE will be distributed to all student-athletes and staff. Use of masks will be required throughout the athletics department.
- Student-athletes, coaches, and staff will undergo COVID-19 testing upon return to campus in addition to regular surveillance testing.28
- Student-athletes who experience symptoms must contact their athletic trainer. The athletic trainer will instruct the student-athlete to self-quarantine and will set up a telemedicine appointment with the ill student to review symptoms and make determination on the next steps. When self-quarantining, student-athletes will be instructed to stay separated from others and avoid all movement outside of their home or current residence. Sports Medicine and Health Services personnel will work with student-athletes who are quarantined and their roommates to ensure everyone's safety and encourage testing, when necessary. Student-athletes may be directed to an Athletics Team Physician or University Health Services for follow-up care.
- Any student-athlete with a positive/presumed positive COIVD-19 test or clinical suspicion independent of a test will be required to quarantine and self-isolate from roommates and teammates. Student-athletes living in on-campus housing will be relocated to University identified quarantine rooms. Student-athletes residing in off-campus housing will be asked to self-isolate within their place of residence. When self-isolating, student-athletes will be instructed to separate themselves from others by staying in a specific "sick" bedroom or space and using a different bathroom (if possible).
- Student-athletes who are considered contacts with a COVID-19 patient may be removed from participation in athletics and asked to quarantine for an appropriate time as they undergo testing.
- Athletics training facilities usage will be limited to training PODS. No outside visitors will be permitted in athletic facilities.
- Student-athletes will be grouped in training PODs based on team and housing unit. A POD may consist of an entire team depending on team size and training style. Training PODs will be maintained over the course of the semester to limit frequent and close contacts to a specified group.
Facilities and Equipment
- All athletic facilities that accommodate spectators will follow state occupancy guidelines to limit attendance and adhere to social distancing guidelines. All concession stands will remain closed.
- Social distancing guidelines will be enforced throughout Athletic Department in all facilities.
- Wayfinding signage will be placed throughout to support adherence to social distancing requirements.
- Equipment-sharing will be limited.
- Athletics Facilities will increase cleaning materials and will distribute sanitization and cleaning protocols to TEMCO, the University cleaning vendor, and department staff.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be installed at various Athletic Facility locations.
- Prior to entering the athletic facility, student-athletes will be required to follow facility gating procedures including, but not limited to, a COVID‐19 Risk Assessment Questionnaire, temperature assessment, and/or other recommended items. Proof of clearance will be needed to participate in athletic-related activity.
- Team travel restrictions will include elimination of air travel for all fall sports, more localized competition schedule, and limited travel roster sizes. Sports administrators and trainers will communicate with opposing institutions regarding campus protocols for visiting teams to ensure adherence to health and safety precautions.
- Athletics will continue to communicate with local, state, and Big East partners to ensure the safety of student-athletes, employees, and other athletic stakeholders as guidance evolves.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a question that higher education is working through collectively. We are monitoring the situation and will continue to follow the guidance from the BIG EAST Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association, in addition to that from our own state and local health officials, and our experts.
Due to uncertainties caused by COVID-19, all Seton Hall University sports camps and clinics have been cancelled for summer 2020.