NCAA Return To Sport Depends On National Trajectory Of COVID-19 Spread
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NCAA released an updated version of their return to sport guidelines in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer, said the return of NCAA sports will be dependant on the national spread of COVID-19.
“Any recommendation on a pathway toward a safe return to sport will depend on the national trajectory of COVID-19 spread,” said Hainline. “The idea of sport resocialization is predicated on a scenario of reduced or flattened infection rates.”
NCAA issues next set of return-to-sport guidelines: https://t.co/fmXBdjPRhO
The third installment of recommendations outlines daily self-health checks, testing within 72 hours of competition for high contact risk sports. pic.twitter.com/HsNlH52Chk
— NCAA (@NCAA) July 16, 2020
- Daily self-health checks.
- The appropriate use of face coverings and social distancing during training, competition and outside of athletics.
- Testing strategies for all athletics activities, including pre-season, regular season and post-season.
- Testing and results within 72 hours of competition in high contact risk sports.
- Member schools must adhere to public health standards set by their local communities.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said that at the moment, the data is pointing in the wrong direction and if there is to be college sports this fall, the pandemic needs to be handled much better.
“When we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel last spring’s championships it was because there was simply no way to conduct them safely,” said Emmert. “This document lays out the advice of health care professionals as to how to resume college sports if we can achieve an environment where COVID-19 rates are manageable. Today, sadly, the data point in the wrong direction. If there is to be college sports in the fall, we need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.”
#BYU's fall sports in the WCC will have a delayed start after the @wccsports President's Council decided to postpone the start of the season amid COVID-19.#GoCougs #BYUWSOC #BYUWVB https://t.co/uIM4kAs44O
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) July 16, 2020
Pac-12, Big Ten Go Conference Only
The Pac-12 Conference and the Big Ten Conference announced last week that if there is a fall college football season, they would only play conference schedules.
The Ivy League has canceled fall sports and the WCC Conference has delayed the start of fall sports to September 10.
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) July 16, 2020
Other college athletics conferences have not made official decisions yet but are in “wait and see mode.”
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