NCAA Division I Council to Grant Spring Sport Athletes an Extra Year of Eligibility

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The NCAA Division I Council has announced that the voted to grant spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility. 

Additionally, the NCAA Division I Council has adjusted financial aid rules to allow teams to have more players on scholarship to account for incoming recruits. Also, schools will be able to offer the same, less, or more aid to a player than they did this season. They also have the option to offer no aid. 

“The Council’s decision gives individual schools the flexibility to make decisions at a campus level,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Penn. “The Board of Governors encouraged conferences and schools to take action in the best interest of student-athletes and their communities, and now schools have the opportunity to do that.”

This announcement comes following a March 13th ruling by the NCAA DI Council that stated they would grant spring sport athletes grief after their seasons were cut short due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The DII and DIII Administrative Committees made similar announcements. 

The news does answer one of the biggest questions that has been swirling around the college sports world in the wake of the NCAA’s decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

And while this decision has been championed by many, there are still questions that remain for each individual player and multiple conferences. 

Many seniors now have to weigh their options of coming back for a fifth year or deciding to go ahead and pursue a professional career or other post-collegiate opportunities. 

Additionally, this decision will have a lasting impact on college athletics. This decision not only impacts the players currently on each teams roster, but also impacts signees and recruits. Coaches and programs certainly have a lot in front of them in the realm of roster management, especially in a sport like lacrosse with smaller scholarship numbers and many programs that are not fully funded. 

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