NCAA Release COVID Safety Guidelines For College Basketball

In conjunction with the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, the NCAA Sport Science Institute has published the Core Principles of Resocialization of College Basketball, its new set of COVID-19 health and safety recommendations, and the first set of basketball-focused recommendations.

The instructions include testing changes, travel considerations, and access to the areas of the court and bench. Late last week, they were introduced to and endorsed by the NCAA Board of Governors.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said: “This basketball resocialization guidance is based on the best information available in a rapidly changing COVID-19 environment.

“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.”

The guidelines recommend monitoring three times a week during the season on non-consecutive days, including for officials, as well as the logistics of adequately distancing Tier 1 people (student-athletes and essential staff who are in daily proximity to them) from other essential staff during games.

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline said: “The guidelines reflect recommendations from collaboration with the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, which features representatives from across the membership.

“We will continue to work with them and others from the Association in safeguarding student-athlete well-being.”

This is the Sport Science Institute ‘s fourth collection of Resocialization Guidelines. As they formulated their own contingency strategies, the initial Core Concepts of Resocialization of College Sport recommendations established guidance and procedures for colleges. As staff and student-athletes returned to campus, Action Plan Considerations provided guidelines to help schools reduce the risks of COVID-19 spread.

Team physicians, infectious diseases and public policy experts are part of the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Board; membership leaders; and leaders of the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Council, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Medical Association, Autonomy 5 Medical Advisory Group, and NCAA Competitive Safeggate Committee.