NCAA allows resumption of voluntary team activities on June 1

Ross Houston
May 23, 2020

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.

Ohio State will reportedly bring its athletes back to campus on June 8.

Conference rulings are also a topic some programs will have to take into account, though ESPN's Andrea Adelson has reported that "the ACC will not be taking a conference-wide vote on a uniform return to voluntary workouts". Some remain under stay-at-home or safer-at-home orders.

"All of the commissioners and every president that I've talked to is in clear agreement: If you don't have students on campus, you don't have student-athletes on campus".

The second decision that the NCAA made Wednesday, or didn't make, was that the NCAA delayed its vote regarding allowing one-time transfer players to immediately play for their new school. Many athletic departments need the revenue generated by football to fund other sports.

Virginia for example has different regulations in place for counties surrounding Washington, DC while the rest of the state is given a different set of rules for the time being. "So, it'll be limited capacity, it'll be spacing, all kind of things that'll come into play there".

Whether or not voluntary athletics activities can be conducted in all other sports and summer access activities in football and men's and women's basketball will be determined via an electronic vote at a future date. The moratorium was issued at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

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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