Division 3 student-athletes will not be charged with participation for the 2020-21 season if their team can complete only 50 percent or less of the sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA announced Thursday.
The Division 3 Administrative Committee had approved a recommendation from the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement to provide a blanket waiver in all sports that are unable to reach the 50 percent threshold, providing student-athletes with the option of extending their participation.
The committee noted that schools may be forced to shorten athletics seasons due to health and safety concerns, as well as related administrative concerns.
Amending the criteria for a season-of-participation waiver would ensure student-athletes have four meaningful seasons of participation opportunities. The proactive blanket waiver allows student-athletes to make informed enrollment decisions prior to the academic year.