B1G releases statement, won't allow teams to move forward with padded practices at this time
B1G teams will not be allowed to move forward with padded practices for the foreseeable future. The league sent out a statement on Saturday morning.
Not long after the MAC canceled its fall sports season for 2020, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported that B1G presidents are meeting on Saturday to discuss the prospect of fall sports this year. Everything is “on the table” and there was reportedly momentum building towards cancelling sports among the presidents.
Also on Saturday, the B1G released a statement prohibiting teams from advancing past Day 2 of fall camp re-acclimation. Essentially, teams are not permitted to wear more pads than just a helmet for the foreseeable future.
Below is the release from the B1G:
The Big Ten Conference announced today, based on the advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, that, until further notice, all institutions will remain in the first two days of the acclimatization period in football (i.e., helmets shall be the only piece of protective equipment student-athletes may wear) as we continue to transition prudently through preseason practice. All other fall sports will continue to work locally with team physicians and athletic trainers to adjust practices to the appropriate level of activity, as necessary, based on current medical protocols.
Each new phase of activity provides new intelligence and experience and allows us to evaluate the implementation of our Conference and institutional medical protocols in real-time. In order to make the right health and safety decisions for our student-athletes, we believe it is best to continue in the appropriate phase of activity referenced above while we digest and share information from each campus to ensure we are moving forward cautiously.
We understand there are many questions regarding how this impacts schedules, as well as the feasibility of proceeding forward with the season at all. As we have consistently stated, we will continue to evaluate daily, while relying on our medical experts, to make the best decisions possible for the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes.