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NCAA Votes For Extra Year Of Eligibility For Spring Athletes

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Baseball, softball, lacrosse athletes get good news - flexibility.

The NCAA Division I Council has voted to give college athletes who compete in spring sports - baseball, softball, and lacrosse - an extra year of eligibility. Winter sports athletes were not included as their seasons were (mostly) completed.

From the NCAA release, student athletes who decide to stay will not count against the scholarship limit and schools will have the flexibility to determine how much aid will be provided. This will only apply to those athletes whose eligibility would expire this year.

Members also adjusted financial aid rules to allow teams to carry more members on scholarship to account for incoming recruits and student-athletes who had been in their last year of eligibility who decide to stay. In a nod to the financial uncertainty faced by higher education, the Council vote also provided schools with the flexibility to give students the opportunity to return for 2020-21 without requiring that athletics aid be provided at the same level awarded for 2019-20. This flexibility applies only to student-athletes who would have exhausted eligibility in 2019-20.

This is the best route possible and it’s good to see that the NCAA took early action so that schools and athletes could have more time to decide what’s best for their futures. Having written that... I’m not sure what it means. There is so much uncertainty about what the future holds that I am not sure how anyone could figure out what they’re going to do a year from now, much less next week.

Still, it means we could see Mojo Hagge, Luke Roskam and a host of other players back next season. We didn’t get to see them this year... at least not much.