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Athletics & Athletic Events

Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 regarding athletics and athletic events.

How is Drake Athletics responding to the Coronavirus pandemic?

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Drake Athletics has created an Athletics Resocialization Guiding Principles Committee and an Athletics Resocialization Working Group. The Guiding Principles Committee is comprised of Athletics administrators, campus administrators, and physicians, and guides the development of policies and procedures related to return to play activities for Drake student-athletes. The working group meets daily to discuss implementation of return to play policies and procedures.

How does this affect the fall sports seasons?

On July 27, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents announced the cancellation of fall sports competitions due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Drake University rowing team competes as an affiliate member in the MAAC. With this decision, the Drake rowing team will not be able to compete this fall, but they may be allowed to practice as long as our local regulations and institutional procedures allow it to occur. The spring sports schedule—when the rowing conference championships are held—was not impacted by this decision by the MAAC Council of Presidents.

On July 27, the Missouri Valley Conference Presidents Council announced that it will delay the start of competition for MVC sports in the fall. Practices will not be allowed to begin until Monday, Aug. 17 and competitions cannot begin prior to Friday, Sept. 18. Drake volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams will only play a conference season this year. Drake cross country teams as well as softball, men’s and women’s golf, and women’s tennis may compete against non-MVC opponents beginning Sept. 18, provided those non-MVC institutions meet the necessary safety specifications outlined in the latest NCAA Resocialization of College Sports Guidelines. At this time, winter and spring schedules are not impacted.

On July 27, the Pioneer Football League’s Presidents Council announced a delay to the start of the season and that Drake football will only play a conference schedule. The first game of the season would occur Saturday, Sept. 26, with an eight-game conference season being played. Drake football will begin practice the week of Aug. 17.

How does this affect Drake student-athletes?

Student-athletes may gain access to specific Drake Athletics facilities upon request and approval by Drake Athletics administration. Not all facilities are open this summer. Prior to entering a facility, the student-athlete must complete an online medical symptoms screening and have their temperature taken by a member of the Sports Medicine staff. If approved for admittance, the student-athlete will then follow the specified route to their requested destination.

Student-athletes seeking access to Sports Medicine facilities for medical treatment must make an appointment through their athletic trainer. Masks are required, social distancing standards are practiced, capacity is limited, and after each appointment the facility is sanitized.

As of July 6, access to and use of Drake Athletics Sports Performance facilities is currently limited to football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball for voluntary workouts. Those voluntary workouts must be scheduled with Drake facilities and require social distancing standards to be met throughout the duration of time in the facility. Masks are required for Sports Performance staff assisting workouts. Capacity for workouts is limited, student-athletes work out at their own station with very limited interaction with teammates, and the facility is sanitized after each session by trained staff.

How does this affect recruiting for Drake coaches and prospective student-athletes interested in meeting with a Drake coach and/or visiting Drake’s campus?

The NCAA has suspended all on and off-campus recruiting activities until at least August 31, 2020 for all Division I sports. Electronic communication, including phone calls, text messages, and emails are all permissible during this window of time.

Does this impact eligibility of spring sports student-athletes?

The NCAA will permit Division I spring-sport athletes who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic to have an additional year of eligibility.

What is the status of the 2020 Drake Relays Presented by Xtream Powered by Mediacom, Drake Road Races, and Grand Blue Mile?

The 111th Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom has been postponed to April, 2021. In addition to the postponement of the 111th Drake Relays presented by Xtream, the Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile will be contested as virtual events in September and October.  Additional information for each event can be found at,, and

Is the Bell Center (Rec Center) open?

Students wishing to access the Bell Center should read the Recreation Services FAQ.

Does Recreational Services have group classes online and other virtual programing?

Stay connected with all things Drake Rec during this time away from campus. Make sure you check out our TwitterFacebook, Instagram and TikTok for programming updates and fun ways to stay active. 

GroupX & Wellness: Drake Group Exercise has gone virtual, sign up for classes or download the Drake Rec app. For a step-by-step guide on how to sign-up for virtual fitness classes, please visit the Group Exercise page.

Intramurals: Recreation services programming is expected to return in the Fall 2020 semester. More details will be provided prior to the start of the semester.

Recreation Movement: Drake Rec is part of a network of 40 other universities teaming up to provide students, faculty, and staff access to online workout classes free of charge. Create a login using your email and enjoy all the workouts! Make sure you log your minutes to help Drake in the time competition through the Recreation Movement website.

For a complete list of offerings, visit the Recreational Services website.

Questions? Contact us with any COVID-19 questions.