Updated April 6, 4:42 PM CT
Spring athletes get a break
March 30, 2020
NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility
Some good news, finally! The NCAA voted to give college athletes who compete in spring sports such as baseball, softball, golf, volleyball, and lacrosse an additional year of eligibility.
The Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes regardless of their year in school a way to get back the season they lost, but it did not guarantee financial aid to the current crop of seniors if they return to play next year.
Winter sports, such as basketball and hockey, were not included in the decision because many athletes in those sports had completed all or most of their regular seasons, the council decided.
How much scholarship money will be made available to each athlete whose college career would have ended this spring will be determined by the athlete's school. The amount could range from nothing to as much the athlete received had been receiving.
The added scholarships could cost a school hundreds of thousands of dollars more than it would usually spend on spring-sport athletes. The extra expenses come at a time when athletic departments could be facing cutbacks.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which cut the association's distribution to members by $375 million this year.
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