RPI will not participate in college athletics this fall. Intramural and recreational sports must adhere to federal, state, county, and institutional health and safety procedures, but typical campus gatherings outside of classroom and lab settings are limited to less than ten persons. Research activities can continue as long as appropriate precautions are taken.
In the spring of 2021, RPI will reopen its campus for students who wish to resume their Rhode Island College experiences. At that time, classes will be offered online through remote learning methods, and on-campus facilities will be used only for special events such as commencement exercises and other academic celebrations. In addition, social distancing guidelines will be in place to maintain a safe environment for students and staff members.
For current questions about COVID-19, please refer to the RI Campus Newsroom page on our website.
Is it possible for fans to visit spring training? Yes. Teams in both Arizona and Florida are selling a limited quantity of spring training tickets. Various COVID-19 measures, such as limited capacity, pod-style seating arrangements, tight mask requirements, and social distance, will be in place. However, there is no evidence that any major league team intends to limit access to its facilities.
For most teams, spring training starts on 1 February and ends on 15 April with a few exceptions. The Tampa Bay Rays have an extended spring training schedule that runs from 1 February to 24 April due to their home stadium not being ready in time for opening day. The Milwaukee Brewers also have an early start to their season because they have two minor league affiliates that need to play during this period so they can maintain adequate player rotation lengths.
Teams have the option of closing their stadiums to the public during spring training if they choose to do so. Most teams that sell spring training tickets do not allow fans into the ballpark during exhibition games because they do not want to risk spreading COVID-19. However, some teams may decide to change this policy if they see a decrease in ticket sales due to the virus.
The 2020 season has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) football team has acquired 20 newcomers in the Class of 2024 to join 25 members of the Class of 2021, totaling 120 student-athletes. The new arrivals will participate in preseason training camp this month before transitioning into campus life in the fall.
Headlined by five-star recruits, the class includes four wide receivers, three running backs, two offensive linemen, one defensive end, and one quarterback. Three players from New York and Pennsylvania and one each from Massachusetts, Maryland, and North Carolina round out the roster.
Currently ranked 14th in the country by ESPN, RPI went 7-4-1 last season with wins over Army and Hobart and losses to Colgate and Union. The Engineers were defeated by Boston College in the First Round of the FCS Playoffs after finishing second in the Patriot League.
Robert Morris University, which was also ranked 14th, had nine players selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. RPI had three players drafted in the first two rounds: Offensive lineman Alex Lewis in the third round by the San Francisco 49ers; Defensive back Tariq Cole in the fourth round by the Tennessee Titans; and Running back James Murphy in the seventh round by the Chicago Bears. Another RPI player, linebacker Joe Looney, is expected to be picked soon.
The prime competitive season for fall sports normally runs from August through October. Football, soccer, lacrosse (which can also be played in the spring), men's tennis, cross country, women's golf, and volleyball are among the fall sports. Baseball and softball are considered summer sports because they are played outside during the heat of the day.
Some leagues or schools may have different dates for their beginning and ending of practices and games, so check with individual coaches or administrators. The main seasons for most sports are high school football and basketball, college football, college basketball, and pro football.
There is no specific date after which you cannot play football. However, it is recommended that you not play at a level above what you can handle physiologically. For example, if you are able to run several miles without getting out of breath or feeling tired, then you should be able to play college football. However, if you feel pain when you run, then you should probably stop playing immediately to avoid injury.
In basketball, you can continue to play after you reach 300 levels scored (3 points per foul). But after that, your performance will begin to suffer due to increased risk of injury.
In terms of time, the fall sports season lasts for about six months, starting in late August or early September and ending in mid-March or early April.