NCAA to allow resumption of voluntary on-campus activities in football, basketball

Carrie Guzman
May 23, 2020

The decision ends the COVID-19 lock-down on athletic activities on campuses through May 31 and is, though just a small step towards normalcy, great news for sports fans and athletes around the country.

According to Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel, the association voted Wednesday to approve voluntary athletic activities in football, men's basketball and women's basketball to start June 1 and go through June 30.

While no one can say for sure when college football or basketball seasons will begin in 2020-21 because of the coronavirus pandemic, some athletes will soon be allowed to begin preparing for their seasons. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said on a teleconference Wednesday that the school would allow voluntary workouts to resume on June 8, pending university approval.

Regionally, the NCAA vote could have different implications for the four schools that sponsor some combination of football, men's basketball and women's basketball: Washington State, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington and the University of Idaho. Institutions may also not allow the athletes back on campus as well. Some remain under stay-at-home or safer-at-home orders.

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Despite the vote, the NCAA stated it'll be up to each individual program to decide whether or not student-athletes will return to campus or take part in organized workouts.

The NCAA said it reached a decision after a virtual meeting Wednesday.

In addition to lifting the moratorium on campus activities, the council announced a series of waivers to offer flexibility to schools throughout the pandemic.

Earlier this week, the NCAA lowered the minimum and maximum number of games Division II schools are required to play in all sports next year.

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