The NCAA Board of Governors announced Wednesday that each division of school athletics will have to determine its ability to meet specific requirements in order to proceed with fall sports during the preseason, regular season and postseason.
Schools and conferences will have until Aug. 21 to determine whether their respective fall sports seasons and NCAA championships should occur this year.
In addition, the board expressed serious concerns about the continuing high levels of Covid-19 infection in many parts of the nation and emphasized it will only support moving forward with fall championships and postseason play if strict conditions are applied and maintained.
The requirements include:
- Following “Return-to-Sport” guidelines from the NCAA Sport Science Institute
- Adherence to federal, state, and local guidelines related to Covid-19
- Allowing all student-athletes to opt out due to Covid-19 concerns, with all scholarships honored
- Each school must provide eligibility status for all students who opt out by Aug. 14
- Schools cannot require student-athletes to waive legal rights regarding Covid-19 as a condition of athletics participation
- Schools, in conjunction with existing insurance standards, must cover Covid-19 related medical expenses for student-athletes
The NCAA will also establish a phone number and email address to allow student-athletes, parents, or administrators to report alleged failures of compliance, with school and conference officials expected to take immediate action.
If fall sports championships area postponed in any division, a decision to schedule for a later date will be based on scientific Covid-19 data available at that time.
Read the NCAA's statement on fall sports.