Maple Leafs to join rest of 10-team Crossroads League in competition
GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen College is committed to beginning its 65th season of intercollegiate athletics in the fall of 2020, the college announced Monday.
This announcement follows a decision by the Crossroads League’s Council of Presidents to proceed with competition this fall. Earlier this week, the NAIA postponed its fall championships in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball to spring 2021 while granting each conference the autonomy to set its regular-season schedule. The league cited its small geographic size as one factor that aided in the decision to return to competition.
Along with the other nine Crossroads League institutions, Goshen College has produced a detailed set of safety protocols to return to play in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the five teams mentioned above as well as men’s and women’s tennis, which play their regular-season schedules in the fall but have national championships in the spring.
The NAIA has already issued a revised calendar for fall sports that includes a reduced number of events beginning no earlier than Saturday, Sept. 5. Goshen has taken further steps to limit the potential for exposure to the novel coronavirus, including scheduling primarily conference opponents and reducing overnight trips.
Goshen College students and employees will be allowed at Maple Leaf sporting events this fall, according to the plan released by the GC student life office last week. Other guests (including family members and visiting coaches) must seek permission in advance to attend. Guidelines for spectators may evolve throughout the fall as the Crossroads League discerns best practices in that area. The athletic department is also working to enhance the live streaming experience available at
The Crossroads League and Goshen College are committed to monitoring the situation daily. All options for competition will be continuously explored with health and safety as a priority.
Stay tuned to for the latest updates on Goshen College’s 14 intercollegiate sports.
Goshen College is an affordable, nationally-ranked Christian liberal arts college in Northern Indiana known for eadership in intercultural and international education, sustainability and social justice.
The Maple Leafs compete in 14 varsity sports in the NAIA’s highly competitive Crossroads League and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, continuing a tradition of intercollegiate athletics that dates to 1956 and included women’s competition nearly a decade before Title IX. For more information on GC athletics, visit and follow the Maple Leafs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @GCMapleLeafs.