Athletics

Trine Athletics/Fan Attendance Policy

For the safety of spectators as well as student-athletes and athletic staff, Trine University has implemented additional guidelines for all home athletic events. For more information on these guidelines visit Trine University's "Keep Trine Strong" webpage.

Limited attendance will be allowed at home Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey and Acro & Tumbling events. The following restrictions will apply to this attendance:

  • Each Trine player and coach will be allowed to invite two family membersto attend.
  • Each player must submit the names of those attending to their head coach.
  • All those in attendance will leave immediately following the completion of the game. No contact will be allowed between players and attendees.
  • No children (12 or below)will be allowed entrance.
  • No visiting team fanswill be allowed entrance.

Indoor track & field events will continue to be held with no fans.

Limited attendance will be allowed at outdoor events. No visiting team fans will be allowed at this time.

Limited attendance will be allowed at Trine football games. The following restrictions will be in place:

  • Parents of Trine football, band and cheerleading members will enter through the visitor gate, the southwest side of Zollner Stadium. They will sit in the visitor stands.
  • Names of those attending must be submitted by student member of the above groups per athletic department guidelines. No entry will be granted to anyone not on the list.
  • Trine students attending the game will enter the stadium through the main gate and will sit in the home stands.
  • All those in attendance will leave immediately following the completion of the game. No contact will be allowed between players and attendees.
  • Universal masking will be observed and masks will be required.
  • No children (12 or below) will be allowed entrance.
  • Only essential personnel will be allowed in the “working areas”
    • Working areas are defined as – areas considered essential for the operation of the game currently being held at the stadium.
  • Each statistics table will have disposable masks and hand sanitizers
    • Hockey penalty boxes will have hand sanitizers and be cleaned at each intermission by housekeeping staff in attendance.
    • Statistics workers must be masked when social distancing cannot occur.
  • SID – Will need (student workers)
    • Two workers for Basketball Games (AV still needs to do music)
    • Four workers for Hockey Games (AV still needs to do music)

Trine Athletics/NCAA resocialization of sport guidelines

We have rebuilt the spring schedules and will compete in the coming months. Student-athlete and staff health and safety are always paramount to any decisions we make, and we are excited that we have found a safe path to compete in intercollegiate athletics.

The athletic department has adopted the NCAA alternative playing and practice season model which allows for 114 days of activity in all sports. This will allow spring sports to practice, but not compete in the fall semester. The NCAA resocialization of sport guidelines, as well as Trine University, local, state and federal policies will be followed.

Sport-specific activities will align with NCAA's guidance and provide a safe path while we return to play. There will be benchmarks and dates for the activities. The athletic department will continue to collaborate with local and national agencies to establish a set of expectations for each sport as they return small group, group and team activities.

All precautions will be taken to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 while engaging in athletic activities, but no measures can be 100 percent effective. Each student-athlete will have to determine if they have certain underlying medical conditions that place them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 while deciding if returning to athletics is prudent for their situation. We have provided each athlete with a list of considerations, by the direction of the NCAA; to assist in this decision. This document explains health care cost, the risk category of each sport and the steps we are taking to comply with the NCAA resocialization standards.

We are currently working on this within the MIAA and other conference affiliations. Since all NCAA fall sport championships were canceled, every Division III institution and conference will begin discussions soon on what this may look like. We will keep all of our student-athletes up to date as decisions on both winter and spring sports are made through the NCAA, MIAA and additional conference offices.

We are currently working on this within the MIAA and other conference affiliations. The decision on both winter and spring sports will be made at a later date in order to accumulate the most relevant data and information on how to proceed.

As you are aware, we have tested all student-athletes upon arrival to campus. As we proceed, in conjunction with ever-changing NCAA guidelines; we will continue our testing protocol for any team that will compete against other schools. This protocol will continue throughout the fall season and be administered based on the risk classification as assigned by the NCAA.

Yes. As outlined in the NCAA Resocialization of Sport document, specific underlying medical conditions such as moderate to severe asthma, immunocompromised status, severe obesity, diabetes or additional heart, lung, kidney or liver disease have all been identified as conditions that may place an individual into a higher-risk category. It is recommended that individuals with increased risk factors refrain from participation in the early stages of organized athletic activity. The presence of increased risk factors may require additional documentation from your primary physician, and all final participation clearances are at the discretion of the health care providers at the college.

Contact tracing protocols will be initiated to determine high-risk exposures as well as who will need to isolate, quarantine, and who will require diagnostic testing. The athletic department will follow Trine University, county, state and federal guidelines.

Please contact Matt Land, athletic director, with any concerns. The NCAA has also established a phone number and email address to allow student-athletes, parents or others to report potential return-to-sport concerns. The Association will notify school and conference administrators, who are expected to review and address concerns. Concerned individuals can call toll free 833-661-CV19 (2819) or email covidconcerns@ncaa.org with the name of the NCAA member institution, sport and brief summary of the concern.

No student-athlete can be dismissed from a team for choosing not to participate due to COVID-19 concerns.

No. A student-athlete is only charged with a season of participation when the student-athlete participates (practices or competes) during or after the first contest in the traditional segment. If the student-athlete's engagement in athletically related activity does not include outside competition, the student- athlete may practice without triggering a season of participation.

Locker room use is limited at this time. Showers, lockers, and changing rooms are off limits. As organized team activities resume, student-athletes will have limited use of the locker room changing area.