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NCAA D1 Council Says Teams Can Hold Activities Starting June 1

Voluntary athletic activities previously were banned through May 31.

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The NCAA recently approved voluntary athletic activities for football and men’s and women’s basketball beginning on June 1. These activities were previously banned through May 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In normal terms, this means if teams choose to do so, they can hold team activities and the such. What this means for Gonzaga remains to be seen. Currently, the first half of the summer sessions are only being offered online. The school has not made an announcement in regards to the second session, which begins on June 29. Just because the NCAA says it is good to go doesn’t mean Gonzaga has given the green-light for its students.

If you want to read between the lines, it seems like the NCAA is pushing forward on figuring out a way to allow fall sports to begin as scheduled, or nearly as scheduled. Most college football seasons begin at the beginning of September, so there is a chance that might be delayed.

In college basketball, teams cannot hold on-court practices until 42 days before the first scheduled game. They can hold workouts, and other such things, earlier, which is what the NCAA is now allowing.