FILE: Utah gymnasts cheer as they round out their win at the Best of Utah gymnastics meet at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. As winter sports athletes, the Red Rocks who will compete in the upcoming 2020-21 season have been granted an additional year of eligibility. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Winter sport student-athletes who compete during 2020-21 will receive both an additional season of competition and an additional year in which to complete it
The 2020-21 season was supposed to be the last chance for Utah gymnastics fans to watch seniors Sydney Soloski, Alexia Burch and Emilie LeBlanc in action.
The same could be said for BYU basketball fans and Alex Barcello, not to mention transfers Brandon Averette and Matt Haarms.
“The pandemic will continue to impact winter sport seasons in ways we can’t predict. Council members opted to provide for winter sport student-athletes the same flexibility given spring and fall sports previously.” — M. Grace Calhoun, Division 1 Council chair
Utah State basketball fans fall in that mix, too, when it comes to Alphonso Anderson and Kuba Karwowski.
That doesn’t have to be the case anymore. At least not this year.
The NCAA Division 1 Council announced Wednesday that due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, all winter sport athletes who compete during the 2020-21 season will receive both an additional season of competition and an additional year in which to complete it.
“The pandemic will continue to impact winter sport seasons in ways we can’t predict. Council members opted to provide for winter sport student-athletes the same flexibility given spring and fall sports previously,” M. Grace Calhoun, Council chair and athletics director at Pennsylvania, said in a statement. “The actions today ensure the continuation of local decision-making in the best interest of each institution and its student-athletes.”
The decision impacts athletes who compete in men’s and women’s basketball, bowling, fencing, gymnastics, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, indoor track and field and wrestling.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Utah State’s Autumn DeHarde competes on vault during the Best of Utah gymnastics meet at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.
Additionally, the Council determined that schools will not be required to sponsor the minimum required number of sports for NCAA membership purposes, nor will they have to sponsor a sport in each season. Multi-sport conferences are not required to meet minimum sport sponsorship requirements, either
The Council also voted, after meeting Tuesday and Wednesday via videoconference, to grant a blanket waiver in 2020-21 to allow conferences to earn an automatic bid in fall championships if a minimum of three member schools participated in conference competition in that sport.
Football bowl eligibility requirements waived
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