NCAA Updates Guidelines on Return of Sports
NCAA president Mark Emmert said that the return of fall sports depends on the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, the NCAA updates guidelines after data showed the failure to contain the virus across the nation.
The updated guidelines included the wearing of masks on the sidelines, social distancing on and off the field, and checking of symptoms each day. However, the possibility of holding fall sports is bleak.
Based on current data, the pandemic is still not under control. The NCAA wants better handling of the pandemic before it will allow college sports in the fall semester. It is the third time the NCAA came up with guidelines. The first one came during the initial spread of coronavirus. The second one came when the virus was on a downward trend.
NCAA Updates Guidelines
At present, the coronavirus surged in states that relaxed their stay-at-home orders. There are more than 3.5 million people infected in the US, with around 138,000 deaths.
According to a pay per head blog, the new guideline directs team personnel and athletes to conduct daily health check-ins. Also, they should contact their teams online or through phone if they develop symptoms of the virus before entering campuses or training facilities. Also, it provides a protocol for coaches, staff, and athletes to wear face masks or shields during non-aquatic activities.
The guidelines encourage sports to be held outdoors when possible. That way, there will be more room for social distancing. Also, schools need to conduct strict testing, especially for sports with physical contact.
The health of athletes is a priority of the NCAA. College athletes are healthier and younger. However, they can become asymptomatic carriers of the virus. That’s one of the factors the NCAA is considering when deciding on the fate of fall sports.