Practical Considerations for Adding Sports Programs Post - Covid

SLOANE MILSTEIN, PHD, COLORADO MESA; ZACK DAMON, PHD, CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Covid-19 changed the face of sports like no other time in history. Sporting institutions are in the midst of reorganizing, restructuring, and in the coming years rebuilding. While much attention was given to the elimination of college sports, there were a number of institutions adopting new sports. In early 2020 numerous universities announced additions of sport teams, such as Plymouth State adding men’s swimming, Indiana Tech adding women’s ice hockey, Augustana College adding men’s and women’s water polo. For many institutions this may seem counterintuitive during Covid-19, a pandemic and a recession. AthleticDirectorU has recorded 149 varsity athletic program additions (as of March 20, 2021) across D1, D2, D3 and NAIA since March 2020.