Football

Big Ten Announces Forfeiture Policy for Missed Contests Due to COVID

The Big Ten announced this morning that effective today if one of its member institutions is unable to play a conference contest due to COVID-19, then that contest shall be declared a forfeit and will not be rescheduled.

The game will be considered a loss for the team that couldn’t play and will go down as a win for its opponent in the conference standings.

If both of the two competing teams are not able to participate in a scheduled conference competition due to COVID and the competition is unable to occur on the day in which it was scheduled, the competition will be declared a no contest.

The adoption and implementation of this rule was a collaborative effort between the Big Ten athletic directors, chancellors and presidents, the Task Force for Emerging Infections Diseases, and the Sports Medicine Committee.

Here is the full policy as released by the Big Ten.

2021-22 BIG TEN CONFERENCE FORFEITURE POLICY

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) 

(Adopted and effective from 8/20/21 until rescinded by the Administrators Council.)

  1. Competition Involving Two Teams.  If a team is unable to participate in a scheduled Conference competition due to COVID-19 and as a result the competition is unable to occur on the calendar day on which it is scheduled, the competition shall be considered a forfeit by the team unable to participate and shall not be rescheduled.  In such case, the team unable to participate shall be assessed a “loss,” its opponent a “win,” and Conference standings shall be adjusted accordingly.
     
  2. Competition Involving Two Teams.  If both of the two competing teams are unable to participate in a scheduled Conference competition due to COVID-19 and as a result the competition is unable to occur on the calendar day on which it is scheduled, and is unable to be rescheduled, the competition shall be considered a “no contest.”
     
  3. Competition Involving Three or More Teams.  If a team is unable to participate in a scheduled Conference competition due to COVID-19 and team performance in the competition impacts Conference standings, a team unable to participate due to COVID-19 will be considered to have forfeited the competition.  In such case, a team unable to participate shall be assessed a “loss,” each of its opponents a “win,” and Conference standings shall be adjusted accordingly.  If team performance in the competition does not impact Conference standings and/or the involved sport is one in which there are no Conference standings, no further action shall be taken.