ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — St. Bonaventure men’s and women’s basketball players have returned to campus for summer workouts. 

Players on the men's team returned July 18 and 19; women's team players returned on Sunday.

A few obstacles stand in the way before all players can begin workouts, though. 

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Players on both teams are required to test negative for COVID-19 twice before participating in workouts (once in their hometowns and again after arriving on campus).

Scott Eddy, SBU’s assistant athletic director for athletics communications, told TAPinto Greater Olean Tuesday that some players have not been permitted access to campus due to delays with their hometown COVID-19 test results. Eddy said the university expects to have those results later this week. 

The test results that have come back have been encouraging, Eddy explained. 

“Thus far, we have not received any positive COVID-19 test results on campus (including student-athletes and staff members working directly with the student-athletes currently on campus),” he said. 

The second round of COVID-19 testing — mostly for women’s basketball players — took place Monday. SBU expects to release full on-campus test results by the end of the week, Eddy said. 

Eddy the listed policies and measures the university has put in place for basketball workouts this summer. He said the same protocols will be in place for other student-athletes of fall/spring sports who will participate in workouts once they arrive in late August.

  • Student-athletes will be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus at local testing centers nearest their homes. Student-athletes will also fill out a self-evaluation health screening before arrival. In the two weeks prior to returning to campus, student-athletes are asked to self-quarantine.
  • St. Bonaventure will have a testing machine available on campus and will test each student-athlete upon their arrival.
  • Athletes will fill out a health screening form each day they are on campus through an app before going to class or attending team activities.
  • Any athlete flagged from the COVID-19 health questionnaire will be evaluated by a physician.
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 while on campus will be taken to a local testing center for another test and be moved to a quarantine room on campus. A second positive test will result in a 14-day quarantine while being attended to daily by training staff.
  • One positive test within a team will prompt testing of each player and staff member.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be available in all buildings and areas athletes frequently access.
  • Policies will be set in motion to keep each basketball cleaned and wiped down before and after each practice/workout.
  • Masks will be provided to each athlete. All coaches and staff will wear masks at all times.

SBU basketball players and other athletes who return to campus in the coming weeks will be required to stay on campus until classes begin on Aug. 24

Atlantic 10 Conference and institutional leaders have postponed fall sports, but agreed to a “look-in window” in mid-September, allowing for a potentially truncated competitive schedule among conference opponents if COVID-19 risks have been reduced substantially. Basketball season is still scheduled to begin in November.

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For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit  TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.

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