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NCAA approves voluntary activities for football and basketball

Back to campus?

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According to reports, the NCAA Division I Council has voted to allow athletes in football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball to resume voluntary on-campus workouts beginning on June 1.

Collegiate athletic games, practices, and workouts haven’t been in action since mid-March, as the NCAA sports world has been on pause due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The action to allow voluntary activities to resume means that if certain athletes choose, they can return to campus to participate in offseason workouts. This however, does not mean that every school in football and basketball can have its athletes come back.

In some cases, certain state governments might place restrictions. It just depends on the state and location of the school.

As it pertains to Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey recently lifted the state’s stay-at-home order, and pro sports are now allowed within the state with no fans in attendance. Arizona State also plans to resume in-person classes in the fall.

There will be other things to monitor, such as Coronavirus testing for student-athletes and the best way to go about certain workouts.

In the Pac-12 specifically, the conference will likely have its own decision to make about when and how to resume as it pertains to other states like California, Oregon, and Washington moving forward.

But for now, the move seems like a positive in trying to take a step forward towards playing sports in the fall.