College athlete health and safety has been on the minds of many coaches, college sports fans, and of course, athletes themselves for quite some time. Several conferences and universities have canceled their fall seasons citing coronavirus concerns, but the NCAA has been largely silent on its call moving forward. Rather than making an Association-wide decision, the NCAA has essentially passed the baton to its conferences and member schools and opted to allow them to make the big decisions, but the NCAA has released a set of return-to-sport guidelines, implying that the fall season is still on the table.
It is important for athletes to understand that everything the NCAA has released so far are guidelines, not standardized procedures, so the NCAA is recommending best practices, not implementing policies that universities are required to follow. Just like the NCAA has left the decision of resuming a fall season up to individual universities, the NCAA has also elected to place the responsibility of COVID precautions on member schools. Thus, coronavirus testing and safety procedures will vary from program-to-program, and could change over time with little-to-no warning. As an athlete, it is smart to be flexible in the coming months. Here are some big takeaways from the NCAA’s newest guidelines that athletes need to be aware of for right now.
Hopefully, the NCAA’s guidelines will become irrelevant if/when the NCAA or more of its member schools decide to cancel the fall season. For now, athletes can check the NCAA’s website for more best practice updates, but the best way to find out about how COVID procedures will affect your season is to check in with your coach. For updates on the status of the fall season, be sure to follow your conference, rather than the NCAA, as several conferences have already canceled their fall seasons, and the NCAA is giving them decision-making ability here. Above all, stay as safe as possible and carefully consider whether competing this fall is worth the risk.
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Posted on July 22, 2020 in NCAA Policy & Rules
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