Monmouth-Knox softball game in 2019
MONMOUTH, ILLINOIS (February 19, 2021) — Monmouth College athletics will return to competition this spring.
The announcement by Monmouth officials follows the decision by the Midwest Conference Presidents Council that the conference will hold competition for the spring sports of baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track-and-field.
Monmouth's men's and women's lacrosse and golf programs will also compete this spring. Lacrosse competes in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference, and golf competes in the St Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“We are excited that our student-athletes on spring teams will have the opportunity to return to competition,” said Monmouth Director of Athletics Roger Haynes. “During spring-sports competition, the Monmouth community will continue to adhere to best-practices and guidelines so that we can ensure the safety and health of our students, coaches, officials, guest teams, and fans.”
Midwest Conference schools will be permitted to engage in spring competition against non-conference opponents as long as they adhere to the conference's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol and end competition against non-Midwest Conference institutions 15 days before the start of conference play in each respective sport.
Midwest Conference competition in most spring sports is expected to start between late March and mid-April and will conclude by mid-May. Conference schedules will be posted online in the coming weeks, but they will be subject to change based on how health circumstances change.
Monmouth's last home athletic event was a March 4, 2020, women's lacrosse match against Illinois Wesleyan University, played at April Zorn Memorial Stadium. The Fighting Scots' last intercollegiate athletic competition of any kind was a softball game played March 13, 2020, in Florida.