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NCAA Division I Committee Update (3/19/20)

Dear Colleagues,

Consistent with the NCAA Board of Governors direction to each division to enact modifications, changes, or waivers to legislation and rules where appropriate to provide necessary relief due to regulations and policies impacted by COVID-19, the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee discussed the following items and took action on behalf of Division I.

Emergency Temporary Legislation Adopted to Prohibit Issuing and Signing Institutional Financial Aid Agreements. The Council Coordination Committee adopted temporary emergency legislation to prohibit institutions from issuing institutional financial aid agreements to prospective student-athletes and to preclude prospective student-athletes from signing such agreements, effective immediately, until at least until April 15 and consistent with any additional action that may be taken by the Collegiate Commissioner’s Association regarding the National Letter of Intent signing periods.
Continued Review of Other Regulations and Policies Impacted by COVID-19. The Coordination Committee continued to review and discus several factors related to regulations and policies impacted by COVID-19, including those related to providing an additional season of competition. The Coordination Committee will continue the review during a March 20 teleconference. The membership will receive a report of any actions and plans for next steps following the teleconference.

General Governance Updates.

NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel Exercise Recommendations.

During this time of crisis and behavioral risk mitigation, it is important to pay attention to your health, which includes healthy exercise. Even though winter and spring NCAA championships have been cancelled, exercise, including strength and conditioning, can be maintained with the following guidance considerations:

Do not exercise if you are feeling ill. This is especially important when exercising in a shared facility. COVID-19 may manifest in young adults with very mild symptoms of a cold, yet these individuals may be infectious.
If you have a chronic medical condition (e.g., diabetes, lung disease), avoid exercising in a shared facility.
When exercising in a shared facility, consider the following:
Maintain social distancing of six feet.
If you are organizing a group workout, the logistics need to be addressed beforehand.
Use hand sanitizers regularly, including before and after exercise.
Do not touch your face while working out. If you do, sanitize your hands before continuing.
Shared equipment should be sanitized with a disinfectant before and after use. This includes free weights, mats, kettlebells, medicine balls, stability balls, bars, etc.
Group games with probable contact and a shared ball should be avoided. It is not only difficult to avoid contact, but there is also uncertainty about shared balls and virus transmission.