CWRU Fall 2020 Department of Physical Education & Athletics Q & A Page (Updated 8/3/20)


CWRU Department of Physical Education & Athletics

Last updated 8/3/20

Case Western Reserve University has established a website for frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and the University's response at

In addition, a full list of messages sent to the CWRU community can be found at

For questions specifically related to the Department of Physical Education & Athletics, see below. This page may be updated periodically as additional decisions are made and new information becomes available.

Skip to information on: Varsity Athletics | Campus Life | Potential Student-Athletes (Recruits) | Physical Education | Intramural Sports | Club Sports | Recreation

Varsity Athletics

  • Will fall varsity sports teams (football, men's & women's cross country, men's & women's soccer, volleyball and men's & women's tennis) be competing in the fall of 2020?
    After extensive internal deliberation, consultation with health experts, and discussion with members of the University Athletic Association and the Presidents' Athletic Conference, we have determined that fall sport varsity and club athletic competition cannot take place safely this fall. We very much regret that health considerations require this decision.
  • What is the plan for fall varsity sports teams in the fall?
    We will be working with coaches and other staff to develop options for student-athletes to be able to continue to practice and otherwise maintain their fitness.
  • What about winter sports teams (men's & women's basketball, men's & women's swimming and diving, wrestling, men's & women's indoor track and field) that practice or play in the fall semester?
    On August 3, CWRU announced the cancellation of all athletic competition through December 31, 2020. A decision regarding competition in the spring semester will be made on a later date. Winter sport athletes should plan on departing campus when the University transitions to full remote learning prior to Thanksgiving.
  • Will spring sports with a non-traditional season in the fall be able to play or practice?
    Varsity teams with non-traditional sport seasons (baseball and softball) will not compete in the fall season. They will be allowed to practice under conditions recommended by medical experts that comply with guidelines set by the University.
  • Will all student-athletes still have to go through their normal medical clearance process for possible practices and to work with the strength & conditioning staff?
    Yes. The Sports Medicine staff will be sharing additional information on the medical clearance process.
  • When will a decision be made on winter and spring sports during the spring 2021 semester?
    With the current situation being fluid, we do not have a set timeline for an announcement on winter and spring sports participation in the spring of 2021.
  • Will there be an opportunity for fall sports to compete in the spring?
    We will continue to review opportunities for our fall sports athletes.
  • Will student-athletes who are on campus for the fall have access to the services and support provided through sports medicine?
    Yes, access to the services and support will be provided through sports medicine, although new guidelines regarding access and availability will be in place once students return to campus.
  • Will student-athletes have access to their team's locker room? To the Weight Room? To laundry loops?
    Yes, but with limited capacity in all locker rooms, as well as the weight room. Laundry access and procedures will be determined at a later time.
  • What guidelines are in place and what precautions must we take in order to practice as a team this fall?
    The department's COVID action team will be providing guidelines for every team upon return to campus. Facility operations have also put in place approved guidelines regarding sanitation and cleaning procedures for all athletic facilities.
  • Will my coach(es) run practice in person?
    The current plan includes coaches running practices in person. Meetings and other off-field team activities will be conducted remotely.
  • Will student-athletes be able to work out individually using CWRU facilities (batting cages, field access, basketball hoops, etc.)?
    CWRU athletics facilities will be open for student-athletes and the campus community with new guidelines in place to ensure proper social distancing and best practices for health and safety.

Campus Life

  • I am a fall sport athlete scheduled to live on campus during the 2020-21 year. Should I still move in early?
    Fall sport athletes should no longer move in early. They should now coordinate their move in with the rest of the student body, as outlined by the University.
  • I have been a work study student for the Department of Athletics and Physical Education in previous years, or am I interested in working for the department this year. What opportunities will be available in the fall?
    Some work study employment will take place in the department this year. Please reach out to the appropriate  supervisor for your area of work or potential interest to learn more about opportunities:

Facilities: Jeff Kingery -
Sports Information: Jon Schwartz - 
Intramurals & Club Sports: Daniel Conway -

  • What is the decision deadline for first-year undergraduate deferrals? Can incoming first-year undergraduate students defer for only the fall semester?
    Please contact the CWRU admissions office for further information.

  • If incoming first-year undergraduate students defer their acceptance to CWRU, will they be guaranteed a spot to return in Fall 2021?
    Please contact the CWRU admissions office for further information.

  • How will leaves of absence work for upper-level undergraduate students?
    Please contact your navigator for further information.

Potential Student-Athletes

  • When can I come to visit the campus and meet with a coach? Can I currently tour your facilities? Can I have an overnight visit?
    At the present time on campus visits have been postponed until further notice. Please be sure to contact your coach via e-mail or phone to express your interest in competing for CWRU.

    For more information on the admissions process, visit the admissions office website at:

    You can also fill out a recruit questionnaire for each sport at

Physical Education & Athletics

  • Will there be physical education classes in the fall?
    Yes, we will be conducting physical education classes in the fall.

  • Where will my physical education class take place?
    Please refer to the class bulletin.

  • What does remote learning look like for my physical education class?
    Fall 2020 physical education will be primarily delivered in person, with faculty members prepared for dual delivery.

Intramural Sports

  • Will there be intramural sports in the fall?
    We are exploring models for some forms of intramural activity to continue. More information will be provided at a later date.

Club Sports

  • Will my club sport team be able to compete in the fall?
    There will be no club sport team athletic competition in the fall.

  • Will my club sport team be able to practice or meet in the fall?
    We are in the process of working with club sport teams regarding guidelines for practice and other team-related activities in the fall.


  • Will athletic facilities be open for working out and recreational sports?
    CWRU athletics facilities will be open for student-athletes and the campus community with new guidelines in place to ensure proper social distancing and best practices for health and safety.