RCSJ Student-Athletes to Begin Practicing in Small Groups

By: Arianna Adan, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Rowan College of South Jersey announced that it is going to take a phased approach in allowing athletic practices to restart, beginning with groups of 5-10 student athletes practicing at a time.

During these unprecedented times, the health and safety of everyone is important, and RCSJ’s athletic programs have been put on hold due to safety regulations. Although coaches are allowed to have practices with the student athletes, smaller groups of athletes practicing at a time can easily maintain practical social distancing.

The faculty members and coaches are ultimately determined to implement training and skill advancement, to one of the top coaching staffs in the country. They’ve implemented a procedure to guide student athletes, by documenting or videotaping practices and distributing these videos to four-year universities. In addition, professors are on board to ensure the student athletes receive progress reports that guide students to stay on track to graduate.

“RCSJ stands with our student athletes during these difficult times. While we will not participate this fall in competitive schedules, we do plan to put together programming to maintain engagement, support academics and mental health, and give opportunities for safe training as student athletes look to attain their goals and improve,” Roadrunners Executive Director of Athletics Brian Rowan said in a release. “We are working together with our conference, region and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to give all our student athletes a chance to compete during the spring of 2021.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for student athletes to continue their athletic careers playing at a highly competitive level with regional and nationally-renowned programs, while advancing academically — all at an affordable college,” Dukes Athletic Director Jonathan Dijamco added. “The decision to suspend official intercollegiate athletic competition during the fall 2020 semester was made following extensive discussions. The core of every discussion was the health and safety — physical and mental — of our student-athletes, and we believe this is the best course of action. The regular season for spring sports is not affected by this decision and, at this time, are expected to operate as planned.”

For more detailed information about RCSJ’s Athletic programs, visit DukesAthletics.com and RCRoadrunners.com.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.