The NCAA announced on Friday its latest set of health and safety guidelines for the upcoming 2020-21 college basketball season. These guidelines are in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and they’re the first set of guidelines specific to college basketball.
“The guidelines reflect recommendations from collaboration with the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, which features representatives from across the membership,” said NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline. “We will continue to work with them and others from the Association in safeguarding student-athlete well-being.”
The NCAA guidelines suggest testing three times per week, on non-consecutive days, throughout the college basketball season. Players and essential personnel who are in regular proximity to the players, are to be tested regularly, along with officials. The guidelines also call for appropriate distancing between Tier I individuals (those around the team day-to-day) and other essential personnel on game days.
“This basketball resocialization guidance is based on the best information available in a rapidly changing COVID-19 environment.” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “It is predicated on the assumption that rapid testing capabilities will be readily available later this year. We will constantly assess emerging information as we prepare for the start of the basketball season at the end of November.”