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NCAA permits DI basketball summer activities

The resumption of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I (DI) men’s and women’s basketball summer activities is being planned for the new season.

The plan was approved by the DI council last week at a virtual council meeting.

Under the new plan, beginning July 20, required summer athletics activities may begin and last up to eight weeks or until the school’s first day of classes or September 15, whichever is earlier.

The approved plan extends the current rule, which allows for voluntary athletics activities through July 19. It also allowed for up to eight hours of virtual non-physical activities. Those activities include weight training and conditioning.

This is good news for those Bahamians playing in NCAA DI basketball such as Sammy Hunter, Kai Jones, Franco Miller and Charles Bain, who are looking to get a jump start on their respective seasons.

Council Chair and Penn State University Athletics Director Grace Calhoun said they have to find a balance to get student-athletes back safely.

“The Council worked to balance the desire to get student-athletes training again with the need to repopulate our campuses and athletics facilities gradually and safely, within all campus, local and state mandates,” said Calhoun. “Student-athlete health and safety should remain a top priority.”

In the statement, it was mentioned that “the summer activities model” assumes COVID-19 local and state health policies are considered at the school level.

The Council noted that access to school facilities should be provided in compliance with applicable state and local regulations regarding the use of the facilities. The schools should also make note of group size restrictions and other limitations.

NCAA DI college basketball was cut short in March during the various conference championships and just before the NCAA tournaments this past season due to the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NCAA has begun to allow athletes on campus to resume their training in other sports as they prepare for the upcoming seasons. There are no official cancellation of NCAA DI basketball preseason tournaments that usually kick off in November.

The Council will meet in a few weeks to determine whether or not additional activities will be allowed during this period.

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