The NCAA will allow voluntary athletics activities to resume in all Division I sports starting June 1, it announced Friday. Earlier this week, the association voted to allow voluntary activities in football as well as men’s and women’s basketball.
Additionally, the waiver issued last month to allow eight hours of required, virtual, nonphysical activity will be extended through June 30.
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Voluntary workouts entail that teams have no on-field coaches, but strength staff members could supervise — there is an exception for swim coaches, however, for safety precautions.
The ruling doesn’t mean that student-athletes can suddenly head back to campus, however. They’ll still have to act in accordance with federal, state and local government rules, as well as each university’s policies.
According to a report by Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel’s from Wednesday, the NCAA will not make rules regarding the frequency of COVID-19 testing, instead leaving that up to institutions and governments.
“No one wants to get into that,” Thamel’s NCAA source said. “They want to leave it to your own campus and state.”
At the macro level, the decision indicates that college sports could theoretically be in play this fall. While some schools around the country have already canceled or altered their fall semesters, others are holding out hope students will be able to return to campus and that athletics (particularly, football) will happen in some form.