NCAA Ups Work Time Allowance For Student-Athletes During Pandemic
Again displaying much more responsiveness than it has for much of its history, the NCAA has modified its guidelines for interaction between student athletes and college staffers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning Monday, April 20, and running through the end of May, all Division I sports will be allowed to utilize up to eight hours per week of virtual nonphysical countable activities for their student-athletes in things like film review, chalk talks and team meetings. At the request of the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the committee also will require student-athletes to be provided at least one day off per week.
The change does not include any physical workouts or practices. Student-athletes are free to follow recommended routines from school strength and conditioning coaches, but video supervision or tracking of results remains off-limits.
While schools can now require these virtual sessions for the most part, they cannot require them in the week prior to the start of spring final exams through the end of the examination period. At West Virginia University, the spring final exam period runs from May 1-10.
“This change not only allows coaches to continue to educate their student-athletes but also fosters the connectivity that comes with team-based activities,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Penn. “Regular, individual check-ins between student-athletes and coaches remain permissible and are encouraged.”
As the effects of the pandemic continue to evolve, the NCAA has committed to reviewing and updating the rules and guidelines it has in place.