NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships due to coronavirus concerns
NCAA to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition
On March 30, the Division I Council voted to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes with an additional season of competition and an extension of their eligibility period. Below is an excerpt from the decision. The full statement is available here.
Division I rules limit student-athletes to four seasons of competition in a five-year period. The Council’s decision allows schools to self-apply waivers to restore one of those seasons of competition for student-athletes who had competed while eligible in the COVID-19-shortened 2020 spring season.
The Council also will allow schools to self-apply a one-year extension of eligibility for spring-sport student-athletes, effectively extending each student’s five-year “clock” by a year. This decision was especially important for student-athletes who had reached the end of their five-year clock in 2020 and saw their seasons end abruptly.
NCAA to allow eligibility relief for Division II and III student-athletes who participated in spring sports
On March 13, the Division II Administrative Council and Division III Administrative Council announced that they will waive all requirements for sports sponsorship and will grant extra eligibility for student-athletes who play spring sports. Read their statements below:
Today, the Division II Administrative Committee implemented a recruiting dead period in all sports until at least April 15. The committee provided flexibility for schools to assist student-athletes with travel, in addition to the already permitted housing and meals. The committee granted an additional season of eligibility to athletes in spring sports, and waived sports sponsorship requirement for schools canceling spring seasons.
Division II Administrative Committee decisions: https://t.co/t8yRoP6cmH pic.twitter.com/rhnFmVfUvz— NCAA Division II (@NCAADII) March 13, 2020
Today, the Division III Administrative Committee provided flexibility for schools to assist students with travel, lodging and meals as a result of campus displacements. The committee waived all requirements for sports sponsorship for the spring season. It also granted an additional season/semester of eligibility for student-athletes participating in spring sports.
Division III Administrative Committee decisions: pic.twitter.com/wBB7IkW1C1— NCAA Division III (@NCAADIII) March 13, 2020
NCAA ticket information for canceled winter and spring events
The NCAA announced March 12 that the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships, were canceled because of the evolving COVID-19 public health threat.
Here is more information on ticket refunds.
If you ordered your tickets from an official NCAA Championship vendor online or over the phone, you will be refunded. No additional action is needed.
- If you have ordered your tickets from an official NCAA Championship vendor you will receive additional information via email.
- Your refund will be automatically delivered (except applicable fees) to the same card used for purchase.
- Refunds should be received within 30 business days after the date of cancellation.
Updated ticket information for NCAA Championship events closed to public.— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 11, 2020
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Customers with questions about the refund process may contact the respective event venue(s) or send inquires to the NCAA via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please understand that we will be receiving a large volume of calls and emails regarding this decision, and we ask that you allow us five business days to respond to your specific questions.
NCAA to allow eligibility relief for Division I student-athletes who participated in spring sports
The NCAA released the following statement Friday, announcing eligibility relief was found to be appropriate for student-athletes who participated in spring sports this year:
Council leadership agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes who participated in spring sports. Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time. Additional issues with NCAA rules must be addressed, and appropriate governance bodies will work through those in the coming days and weeks.
Division I Council Coordination Committee agrees eligibility relief is appropriate for spring sports: pic.twitter.com/u7hwYOyTDV— NCAA PR (@NCAA_PR) March 13, 2020
NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships
NCAA released the following statement Thursday, cancelling all remaining winter and spring championships for 2020:
Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.
For ongoing updates regarding the cancelling of the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, follow along here.
NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships: https://t.co/qzKAS4McEI pic.twitter.com/G6XreZx35E— NCAA (@NCAA) March 12, 2020
4 of 5 DI men's hockey conferences announce tournament cancellations
Atlantic Hockey, ECAC, Hockey East, NCHC and WCHA have officially announced the cancellations of their Division I men's ice hockey tournaments due to concerns over the coronavirus. The Big Ten hockey tournament, scheduled to continue Saturday with the semifinals, has not been cancelled yet.
Here are the official conference releases regarding Thursday's announcements:
No spectators permitted at DI track and field championships
The Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship Committee released a statement Thursday afternoon, announcing that no spectators, including family members, will be permitted to attend the 2020 championships.
The championships are scheduled for March 13-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Statement from the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship committee pertaining to attendance: pic.twitter.com/1ezdJIFC2P— NCAA Track & Field (@NCAATrackField) March 12, 2020
Thursday, March 12 morning update
Here is the latest on the NCAA response to the coronavirus and how it impacts winter championships.
- If you ordered your NCAA championship tickets online from an official NCAA vendor or through an official NCAA vendor, you will be refunded. No action is necessary, but you can see how to follow up on the process by tapping or clicking here.
- NCAA president Mark Emmert announced the decision yesterday to play all "championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance," in response to the safety and well-being of student-athletes during the uncertainty of the coronavirus.
- You can stay up to date with the latest updates from these official NCAA Twitter accounts:
- Follow NCAA updates: @NCAA
- NCAA Division II updates: @NCAADII
- NCAA Division III updates: @NCAADIII
- DI men's basketball tournament updates: @marchmadness
- DI women's basketball tournament updates: @ncaawbb
- Frozen Four updates: @NCAAIceHockey
- DI wrestling championship updates: @NCAAWrestling
- DI track and field championship updates: @NCAATrackField
- We're also updating this page with the latest official announcements from the NCAA.
NCAA announces winter championships to be held without fans present
- NCAA President Mark Emmert announced today that upcoming NCAA championship events will be played with only essential staff and limited family members in attendance.
- The decision was made based on the advice of public health officials and the advisory panel, plus discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors. It was made in the best interest of public health, including coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, student-athletes.
- The NCAA said it will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed and continue to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and its COVID-19 advisory panel.