COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group Outlines FAQs from Basketball Resocialization Guidelines

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline held the second joint meeting with conference representatives yesterday, outlining the Frequently Asked Questions the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group has addressed related to the Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Basketball.

Discussion from yesterday’s meeting included more focus on the recommendations, such as the impact of the guidelines on Divisions II and III, guidance for student-athletes returning from winter breaks, and protocol for back-to-back games in one weekend, among other related topics. Wednesday’s meeting also provided updated guidance for testing, differentiating high transmission risk sports that are played indoors versus outdoors. The first discussion previewed the Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Basketball before they were released on Sept. 25.

The COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group was designed to leverage the experiences and expertise from university campuses across the country and ensure close communication with membership. The COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group is not a policymaking body but rather will provide guidance to the entire NCAA membership. For example, it will not make decisions regarding competition dates, end-of-season issues or the number of contests/weeks in regular season.

It will provide guidance so that appropriate membership and governance committees can make informed decisions regarding these matters. The group will continue to provide protocols for health and safety in a manner consistent with Resocialization of Collegiate Sport documents.

This email was sent to NCAA Divisions I, II and III athletics health care administrators, conference commissioners, directors of athletics, directors of compliance, faculty athletics representatives, head athletic trainers, head coaches, head team physicians, presidents and chancellors, senior woman administrators, sports information directors, and student-athlete advisory committee members based on contact information in the NCAA Directory, and to select NCAA staff.