NCAA Announces Extra Season of Eligibility for Winter Sport Athletes

The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to give athletes who compete in winter sports an extra year of eligibility following the 2020-2021 season.

Following in the footsteps of similar action for spring and fall athletes, this decision will grant those who compete in winter sports an extra year of eligibility, regardless of whether or not the 2020-2021 season is completed in full.

M. Grace Calhoun, chair of the Division I Council and athletic director at Penn, said: “The actions today ensure the continuation of local decision-making in the best interest of each institution and its student-athletes.”

It is unclear how this decision will impact scholarship prospects for senior athletes who wish to return for the 2021-2022 season. For fall sports, those seniors will not count toward the team’s scholarship limit (12 for women’s gymnastics). However, beyond the 2021-2022 season, schools may not exceed the scholarship limits for those athletes, and those scholarships would likely be taken away from incoming recruits.

Article by Katherine Weaver

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