Tomorrow, the NCAA will lay the groundwork for the return of college football and basketball in the fall. The Division I Council will vote on a six-week preseason practice plan for football, a model for summer activities for men’s and women’s basketball, and evaluation periods for recruiting.
Let’s start with basketball. According to the proposal, coaches will be allowed to interact with their teams beginning on July 1, and on July 20, they can begin skill instruction. On the first day of school — August 17, in Kentucky’s case — athletes can begin out-of-season workouts. Preseason practice can start 42 days before the season opener, which in Kentucky’s case is November 10, so September 29.
Here’s the timeline for Kentucky Basketball:
Remainder of June: Voluntary activities and up to eight hours of virtual non-physical activities (Kentucky’s team arrives back on campus next week)
July 1-19: Voluntary virtual non-physical activities, enhanced in-person non-physical activities initiated by athletes or coaches (team meetings, individual meetings and film review), weight training and conditioning. NO on-court practice activities. All virtual and in-person activities cannot exceed a combined eight hours per week.
July 20 – August 16: Required summer athletic activities, including eight hours per week for weight-training, conditioning and skill instruction (skill instruction cannot exceed more than four hours per week). Required virtual non-physical activities can continue during this period. Virtual and in-person activities cannot exceed a combined eight hours per week.
August 17 – September 28: Out-of-season workouts. Up to eight hours per week for weight-training, conditioning and not more than four hours of skill-related instruction per week will be allowed. Athletes will be required to have two days off per week.
September 29 – November 10: Preseason practice. Thirty days of countable activities may be allowed over this timeframe.
On the recruiting front, Adam Zagoria is reporting that the D-I Council will also vote on adding four new evaluation periods in August and September to make up for the cancellation of the July live period: Aug. 15-16 (Non-scholastic events), Aug. 22-23 (Scholastic events), Sept. 5-7 (Non-scholastic) and Sept. 19-20 (Scholastic).