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It’s not just football and basketball players who can return to their campuses and start voluntary workouts in June.
The NCAA announced Friday that athletes in all sports can resume voluntary activities beginning June 1. That announcement comes two days after the governing body said football and basketball players could start voluntary activities on June 1.
The NCAA’s decision means conferences and schools can start making their own decisions regarding when athletes are able to come back. The SEC said Friday that voluntary football activities could start as soon as June 8 at its member schools.
“The return of voluntary activity in addition to the extension of the waiver to allow virtual, nonphysical activity shows sensitivity to local, state and regional differences in how Division I campuses are reopening,” Pennsylvania athletic director M. Grace Calhoun said in a statement. “We will continue to be considerate of these differences with wise and flexible administration of our regulations, and we expect schools to keep the well-being of student-athletes as a priority.”
As part of its decision on Friday, the SEC revealed the protocols its schools must abide by when bringing football players back to campus. Symptomatic players will be tested for coronavirus and every player will undergo a daily screening process among other measures.
Could countable football activities start July 1?
The NCAA said that countable athletic activities would be banned through June 30 for football and basketball players. That means that required in-person activities supervised by coaches are banned until at least July 1. And it also means that the NCAA could be ready to allow teams to resume official practices and workouts starting in July in preparation for the season starting on time in September.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said that his conference is preparing for an on-time start and that was echoed by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on CNN on Friday.
In addition to the ban on countable activities through June 30, the NCAA also said that the council had decided to prohibit FBS teams from hosting football camps this summer and that FBS coaches would be prohibited from working at football camps hosted at any four-year NCAA school.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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