SEC to resume voluntary in-person athletics activities beginning June 8

BYU announces it will open its athletic training facilities on June 1

BYU announces it will open its athletic training facilities on June 1

So far, IL and Ohio State are two of the few Big Ten schools that have announced plans for athletes returning to campus.

We support the SEC presidents and chancellors' decision to reopen our facilities for voluntary in-person athletics activities.

The current waiver allowing teams to require eight hours of virtual non-physical activities in all sports also has been extended. Among those prospective dates were June 1, June 15, July 1 and July 15.

The conference called the upcoming changes part of a "transition period" created to allow athletes to adapt back to a full training and activity regimen.

The decision to resume athletics activities, which at this time is limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel, was made with the guidance of the Conference's Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force. "Elements of the Task Force recommendations provided key guidance for determining the date of the return to activity".

For the SEC, which includes 12 women's swimming & diving programs and 10 men's swimming & diving programs at its 14 institutions, these in-person activities can begin on June 8th. NCAA regulations allow only strength and conditioning coaches to supervise the workouts.

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NYCLU legal director Christopher Dunn said in a statement that the organization was "pleased to see the governor in reverse". The rest of the city is projected to meet the requirements laid out by the state and be ready to reopen by early June.

"As always, the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community is our first priority", Kris Petersen, associate athletics director for strategic communications, said in response to ruling earlier this week. It stressed the need for controlled, safe environments and continued social distancing.

Recommendations included testing of symptomatic team members (including athletes, coaches and staffers) as well as screening athletes before they arrive on campus within 72 hours of entering athletic facilities and on a daily basis once they resume athletic activities.

"This phased approach is meant to permit gradual adoption of best practices for mitigation of COVID-19 as well as ensuring a safe environment and appropriately prepared facilities", the conference said in a statement. "Our staff and student-athletes should be prepared for a 'new normal, ' as we'll be implementing changes to how everyone accesses and uses our facilities".

SEC officials said the task force's recommendations could provide a guide to league members, Sankey noted that each school would get to make its own decisions regarding plans for how to make sure student-athletes return safely.

"Football, volleyball and soccer teams will return in phases within those teams in the month of June", he said in a release.

This is a significant step toward the college football season starting on time for those schools and teams being able to play complete seasons.

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