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The WBCA will provide updates relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the association and the sport on this page. Links to updates from the sport's governing bodies will also be provided here. Please check this page frequently.

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NCAA Division I

  • DI COVID-19 Q&A Guide (PDF) **updated 5.22.20**
  • Actions Related to Division I Regulations and Policies Impacted by COVID-19 (PDF) *5.22.20*
  • NCAA extends recruiting dead period through July 31 in sports **5.27.20**
  • Temporary Dead Period Extended Through June 30 in All Sports. The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee reviewed and considered feedback from various committees and coaches associations on the status of the current temporary recruiting dead period. Based on the feedback and the current available medical information, the Coordination Committee adopted emergency legislation to extend the temporary recruiting dead period (as defined in NCAA Bylaw 13.02.5.5) in all sports through June 30. The Coordination Committee will review the status of the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to the dead period again during its May 27 meeting. **5.13.20**
  • Blanket Waivers, Recruiting Flexibility. The DI Council Coordination Committee has approved a number of blanket waivers and adjusted recruiting regulations to provide flexibility during the COVID-19 dead period. Click here for more information. **5.6.20**
  • NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Previously Approved Waivers Checklist (login to NCAA LSDBi required). Changes to the previously approved waivers checklist include:
    • A graduate student transfer who has met degree requirements, but not yet graduated from the previous institution does not meet the graduate student transfer participation previously approved waiver criteria and the certifying institution must submit a legislative relief waiver in RSRO; and
    • Allow institutions to provide actual and necessary expenses to a student-athlete for travel with the team to away-from-home competition(s) while the student-athlete is serving an academic year of residence. **5.6.20**
  • DI women’s basketball announces use of NET in 2020-21. The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee announced that beginning with the upcoming 2020-21 season, the NCAA Evaluation Tool will replace the Ratings Percentage Index as the contemporary sorting tool used to measure a team’s quality and help evaluate team resumes for selection and seeding in the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Click here to read more. **5.4.20**
  • Transfer Waiver Process. The DI Board of Directors agreed to lift the moratorium on transfer legislation for the 2020-21 legislative cycle but recommended to the DI Council that changes to the waiver process as suggested by the Transfer Waiver Working Group are not appropriate at this time. Board members recommended the waiver process be sensitive to student-athlete well-being, especially those impacted by COVID-19 in the interim period.**4.30.20**
  • May Recruiting Shutdown Period. The NCAA academic and membership affairs staff confirmed the women's basketball recruiting shutdown period scheduled for May 4-10, 2020, remains in effect.  The COVID-19 recruiting dead period was not intended to supersede a more restrictive recruiting shutdown period in the sport of women's basketball.  As a reminder, during a recruiting shutdown period, no form of recruiting (e.g., contacts, evaluations, official or unofficial visits, correspondence or making or receiving telephone calls) is permissible. **4.22.20**
  • Council Coordination Committee Actions Related to the Impact of COVID-19 on Countable Athletically Related Activities. The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee took the actions noted below related to the impact of COVID-19 on countable athletically related activities. These actions are effective April 20, 2020. The Coordination Committee will evaluate the application of the waiver provisions during a teleconference in mid-May to determine whether they should be extended or other action should be taken.
    • The Coordination Committee confirmed that, because all sports are considered to be out of season, countable athletically related activities are prohibited from one week before the start of the institution’s final examination period for the applicable academic term through the conclusion of the institution’s academic term. The Coordination Committee adopted emergency temporary legislation to apply the same standard in football.
    • The Coordination Committee approved a waiver to permit, through May 31 [except as prohibited in (a) above], all sports to require up to eight hours per week of virtual nonphysical countable activities (e.g., film review, chalk talk, team meetings) and, for each sport, to require an institution to provide student-athletes at least one day off per week (rather than the legislated requirement of two days off per week outside of the season). In football, this waiver applies regardless of whether this period includes weeks designated as student-athlete discretionary time. **4.16.20**
  • NCAA Memo on Agents, Tryouts and the WNBA Draft (PDF) **4.8.20**
  • Eligibility Center Statement on Distance/E-Learning Programs (PDF) **4.7.20**
  • National Letter of Intent signing resumes April 15 Q&A (PDF) **4.3.20**
  • DI Council Coordination Committee April 1 Teleconference Summary of Actions **4.3.20**
  • Report of the March 30 DI Council Teleconference (PDF) **4.3.20**
  • Institutional Financial Aid Agreements. Consistent with legislation to establish a temporary recruiting dead period for all NCAA Division I and II sports and the suspension of all National Letter of Intent signings until at least April 15, 2020, legislation was adopted March 18, 2020, to prohibit institutions from issuing institutional financial aid agreements to prospective student-athletes and to preclude prospective student-athletes from signing such agreements at least until April 15. **3.27.20**
  • Advisory on implications of decisions with regard to COVID-19 **3.13.20**

NCAA Division II

  • DII COVID-19 Q&A Guide (PDF) **updated 5.22.20**
  • DII Administrative Committee Summary of Approved Actions (PDF) **updated 5.20.20**
  • Quiet Period Implemented June 1-30. Adopted emergency legislation to implement a quiet period June 1through June 30, 2020. It is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the member institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period. **5.13.20**
  • 2020-21 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Recruiting Calendar (PDF) **5.8.20**
  • DII Administrative Committee addresses recruiting, voluntary workouts. The Division II Administrative Committee on Wednesday addressed policies and regulations pertaining to recruiting, playing and practice seasons, two-year college transfer requirements and financial aid. The committee’s actions continued its effort to assist Division II schools and student-athletes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more. **5.6.20**
  • Men's Basketball 3-Point Line Delayed. The Playing Rules Oversight Committee has delayed moving the 3-point line in Division II and III men’s basketball programs for for a year to mitigate the financial impact on athletics budgets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. DII and DIII men's basketball 3-point lines wer
  • e scheduled to move to the international distance of 22 feet, 1¾ inches for the 2020-21 season. Instead, the rule change will be delayed until 2021-22. The rule was in effect for Division I men’s basketball this past season. **4.30.20**
  • Division II University — Release of 2020-21 Coaches Certification Curriculum. The 2020-21 Coaches Certification Curriculum has been released and is available on Division II University through the Single-Source Sign-On application. If you have technical issues accessing the courses, email lmshelp@ncaa.org. **4.8.20**
  • Eligibility Center Statement on Distance/E-Learning Programs (PDF) **4.7.20**
  • National Letter of Intent signing resumes April 15 Q&A (PDF) **4.3.20**
  • DII Administrative Committee Summary of Approved Actions (PDF) **4.3.20**
  • Institutional Financial Aid Agreements. Consistent with legislation to establish a temporary recruiting dead period for all NCAA Division I and II sports and the suspension of all National Letter of Intent signings until at least April 15, 2020, legislation was adopted March 18, 2020, to prohibit institutions from issuing institutional financial aid agreements to prospective student-athletes and to preclude prospective student-athletes from signing such agreements at least until April 15. **3.27.20**
  • DII membership webinar (video via YouTube) **3.27.20**
  • Advisory on implications of decisions with regard to COVID-19 **3.13.20**

NCAA Division III

  • DIII COVID-19 Q&A Guide (PDF) **updated 5.18.20**
  • Video Conferences with Multiple Prospective Student-Athletes. The NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs staff confirmed that video conferences (e.g. Hangouts, Facetime, Zoom, Skype) are subject to the same privacy limitations as electronic transmissions. Therefore, if the video conference contains multiple prospective student-athletes, then it is only permissible if it occurs after May 1 and all of the prospective student-athletes are seniors and have submitted their financial deposit to the institution. **4.24.20**
  • DIII Extends Enrollment Flexibility During Final Term **4.23.20**
  • Outside Competition During Permissible Break Periods. The NCAA Division III Legislation and Interpretations Committee confirmed that a student-athlete may participate in outside competition during any week that is not part of the institution's defined playing season or part of preparation for a postseason championship (e.g., NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA). **4.17.20**
  • DIII blanket waiver for using virtual platforms to recruit (PDF) **4.3.20**
  • Advisory on implications of decisions with regard to COVID-19 **3.13.20**