• By Calli Delsman

Division II winter athletes granted extra year of competition

On Tuesday, Oct. 20 the NCAA released an article stating that winter sport athletes who compete during the 2020-21 academic year will be able to receive an additional year of eligibility through a waiver the Division II Management Council approved.

"Previously, the Administrative Committee approved a pair of waivers permitting all student-athletes who competed during the 2020-21 academic year an additional year of eligibility and season-of-competition opportunities if their team completed 50% or less of their sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition,” the release said.

Any athlete who competes, no matter the number of games completed during their season, is eligible to receive an extra year. This waiver was recommended due to the likeliness of winter sports seasons being impacted by COVID-19 and student athletes being impacted in ways they can’t control.

“Winter student-athletes lost out on their championship opportunity last season and many will have shortened, conference-only seasons this year,” said Chris Graham, commissioner of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and chair of the Division II Management Council. “We believe providing the maximum season-of-competition waiver flexibility is the right thing to do for winter student-athletes who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

On top of this news, the start date for competition for the majority of Division II conferences will not be until after Jan. 1, which results in a compressed regular season for basketball. COVID-19 will likely continue to impact all NCAA sports and updates will continue to be presented as needed in the upcoming months.

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