Nearly two weeks ago, the NCAA Division I Council approved college basketball’s new start date – November 25.
Per the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees, the decision was made to begin the year “when at least three-quarters of Division I institutions will have either concluded their fall terms or moved remaining instruction and exams online creating a more controlled and less populated campus environment that may reduce the risk of COVID-19.”
Following the new date, the NCAA released a set of health and safety guidelines, including “updates on testing, travel considerations, and access to the court and bench areas.”
The safety procedures suggest student-athletes be tested three times per week in a non-consecutive manner throughout the season.
“This basketball resocialization guidance is based on the best information available in a rapidly changing COVID-19 environment”, said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “It is predicated on the assumption that rapid testing