Skip to main content

NCAA to grant extra year of eligibility to spring athletes

Getty Images

College seniors may not have played their final events after all.

GolfChannel.com confirmed reports that the NCAA is planning to grant an extra season of competition to all student-athletes who have participated in spring sports this year.

The NCAA later released an official statement: "Council leadership agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes who participated in spring sports."

The decision comes a day after the NCAA canceled the rest of its winter and spring competition seasons, including all of its remaining championships. The NCAA Division I men's and women's golf championships were schedule to be played May 22-June 3 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Regionals were slated for early May.

NCAA cancels championships due to COVID-19

The NCAA has canceled all of its 2020 winter and spring championships, including those for men's and women's golf.

The NCAA's Council Coordination Committee is still discussing details, including whether winter-sport athletes will be considered for this exemption. Furthermore, the NCAA implemented a recruiting dead period that bans in-person recruiting until at least April 15.

"Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time," the NCAA added. "Additional issues with the NCAA rules must be addressed, and appropriate governance bodies will work through those in the coming days and weeks."