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Athletics & Athletic Events

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

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

The postponement of the Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom also postpones events associated with the Drake Relays presented by Xtream, including Grand Blue Mile and Drake Road Races. Drake University and Drake Relays presented by Xtream leadership are working to reschedule these events and other campus activities associated with the Drake Relays presented by Xtream.

How does this impact the Blue Oval Invitational?

The Blue Oval Invitational is a track and field meet scheduled to take place April 10-11, primarily featuring Iowa high school teams. That meet has been postponed. Drake Athletics will work with the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to determine if there is a rescheduled date that works for all parties.

What is the status of Drake’s athletics teams?

On March 12, 2020, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors canceled the Division I men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. On March 13, the Missouri Valley Conference, Summit League (men’s tennis), and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (rowing) announced the cancellation of spring sports through the end of the 2019–2020 academic year.

How does this affect Drake student-athletes?

Organized team and practice activities, including captain’s practices, have been suspended until further notice, and access to and use of Drake Athletics facilities will be restricted until further notice. For Rowing student-athletes only: per MAAC policy announced on March 12, 2020, all spring sports competitions and practices (including captain’s practices), beginning March 13 are canceled through the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season. Student Athletes are permitted to receive voluntary, summer style, workout plans from coaches including strength and conditioning staff.

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.

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 May 31, 2020 for all Division I sports. Electronic communication, including phone calls, text messages, and emails are all permissible during this window of time. Starting April 15, 2020, Division I coaches may begin offering National Letter of Intent and financial aid agreements to prospective student-athletes.

Is the Bell Center (Rec Center) open?

The Bell Center and Drake Recreation Facilities are closed until further notice.


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

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: Check out the Quarantine Quiz Show! Compete against others from schools around the country and show off that trivia knowledge! Join esports leagues through the Drake Rec App.

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.

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