Report: NCAA sent note regarding granting relief to athletes using season for spring, potentially winter sports
On Thursday, the NCAA put the remainder of spring, winter sports competitions to an end.
At that point, seniors who participated in winter — and soon-to-be spring — sports were, well, out of luck. Their last year of eligibility seemed to be over.
However, according to a source from The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach, the NCAA may be looking into situations involving players using a season of competition this spring/winter:
Per source, NCAA sent a note to membership today saying it believes "it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season for competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports."
NCAA will start working on issues tied to this & winter athletes.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 13, 2020
Again, if Auerbach’s source is correct, this could be the beginning of allowing players to retain another year of eligibility. For seniors, of course, this is the most eye-popping.
Their collegiate careers may not be over just yet. However, nothing is set in stone.
For some background, according to ncaa.com, winter sports include:
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field (indoor)
- Beach Volleyball
- Track & Field (outdoor)
- Volleyball (men’s)
- Water Polo (women’s)