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Give a Cheer! The Board of Directors from both Conference Carolinas and the Gulf South Conference (NGU Football) voted to resume competition on a delayed basis, which means fall sports are just around the corner. NGU's Athletic Department remains committed to academic and athletic success, spiritual growth, and serving others on and off the field. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of the overall educational experience at NGU, and we seek to preserve that commitment during this period of modified operations due to COVID-19. We are monitoring guidelines issued by the NCAA, Conference Carolinas, and the Gulf South Conference, and are adopting practices and procedures designed to be in the best interest of our student-athletes and the broader community.

To the degree that it can, the Athletic Department endeavors to maintain a high-quality, competitive athletics program consistent with NGU's mission and traditions.

Adjusted fall sport move-to-campus dates:

  • Saturday, Aug 15 - New student-athletes
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug 18-19 Returning student-athletes


Health Screening

Athletes will undergo an enhanced screening regime that includes self-examinations prior to workouts and throughout the day. The athletic training staff will facilitate temperature checks of student-athletes daily.   


Athletic Participation & Financial Aid

To help you flourish and succeed, we modified policies to give flexibility for students-athletes to receive their athletic scholarships even if they decide not to participate in athletic activities and competitions during the Fall 2020 semester due to COVID-19 concerns. Students are encouraged to speak with their head coach to discuss their concerns and questions.


Practice & Game Day

Game on! Fall games and practices will occur but on a delayed start.  Times and schedules will be released as these dates are established by Conference Carolinas and the Gulf South Conference.


Training & Conditioning

Student-athletes can work on strength and conditioning in keeping with NCAA and conference decisions related to practice, competitions, and seasons.  COVID-19 protocols established by NGU and best practices for fitness centers will be followed.

Athletic Training Rooms

  • You will need to make appointments for taping/wrapping, rehab, or assessments except for medical emergencies.

Indoor Fitness Activities

  • We adjusted capacity limits to 25 athletes at a time in the Kelly Strength Center and a max capacity limit elsewhere of 5 athletes per 1000 square feet to lower the risk of possible viral spread.
  • Workouts need to begin and end with hand washing and occur without contact or equipment sharing.
  • Equipment will be cleaned frequently, and water fountains can only be used for filling water bottles.


Face-coverings for Student-athletes

Those participating in NGU athletics will be required to wear masks in the following areas/instances:

  • Athletic Training Rooms
  • Hendricks Field House
  • Kelly Strength Center
  • Indoor face-to-face meetings
  • Outdoor face-to-face meetings where physical distancing is not possible
  • Traveling on a bus to and from competitions
  • As required by Conferences / NCAA

Please read NGU's general approach to face-coverings.


We are hopeful spectators will be allowed to attend games; this may vary by indoor or outdoor sport. Guidelines pending from the NCAA, Conference Carolinas, and Gulf South Conference will be considered as NGU's plan for spectators develops.



For answers to important questions see our FAQ section.

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