Basketball team during game in North Gym of Sports and Fitness Center


Staff members at both Bethany and its conference affiliate, the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), have continued to monitor COVID developments throughout the summer with the health and safety of our student-athletes continuously at the top of the rationale used in all decisions. That data led the UMAC to postpone fall athletic competitive seasons for the Bethany-sponsored activities of men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball in late July. Athletes in those sports will still engage with coaches in a variety of traditional settings this fall — practices, strength and conditioning, small-group and individual skill development, leadership, team-building, etc. Current plans would then feature a slate of UMAC regular season conference matches for those teams in the spring, along with the possibility of a culminating post-season tournament.

The seasons of golf and cross country for our Viking men’s and women’s teams will be conducted this fall under competitive modifications to meet NCAA COVID risks assessments for those sports. Additionally, Bethany tennis teams might also compete in a select number of matches in the fall, with the remainder of their schedules and the UMAC tournaments conducted in the spring.

Bethany’s athletic administration and trainers, along with UMAC leadership, continue to assess various updates from a variety of medical outlets (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health, NCAA Sports Science Institute, National Athletic Trainers Association, American College Health Association) to determine the possibility of further modifications for the fall and upcoming winter seasons of basketball and indoor track and field.

For the latest information, please see our Coronavirus page.

Updated – August 17, 2020

The Bethany Vikings are an NCAA Division III team in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Our 17 varsity programs give students numerous opportunities to excel athletically. About 33% of Bethany students compete in one or more varsity programs.

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