The Friday announcements are the latest signs that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.
The SEC called it a "transition period that allows student-athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sport activity following a period of inactivity". During the workouts themselves, it will be under stringent supervision under university health officials and safety guidelines.
"At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as now scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process", Sankey said.
The NCAA Division I Council announced Friday that athletes in all sports may resume voluntary on-campus athletic activities starting June 1. Earlier this week, the association voted to allow voluntary activities in football as well as men's and women's basketball. The transition period to full activity scheduled to begin June 8. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said it was "only the first step with further details and plans coming over the next several days and weeks".
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the SEC had suspended all athletics activities through May 31.
SEC announces voluntary in-person athletic activities to resume in June
Voluntary workouts entail that teams have no on-field coaches, but strength staff members could supervise - there is an exception for swim coaches, however, for safety precautions. I would compromise and say we bring our athletes back around June 15.
Facilities will reopen with a number of enhanced safety protocols in place, including educational sessions on best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19, a thorough health screening process for athletes and testing of those who display symptoms. Created by the SEC's Presidents and Chancellors in April and comprised of a cross-section of leading public health, infectious disease and sports medicine professionals from across the SEC's 14 member institutions, the Task Force will remain active to provide continued advice and guidance to the SEC and its members as they prepare for a return to competition. "Our staff and student-athletes should be prepared for a 'new normal, ' as we'll be implementing changes to how everyone accesses and uses our facilities". "Elements of the Task Force recommendations provided key guidance for determining the date of the return to activity".
"Football, volleyball and soccer teams will return in phases within those teams in the month of June", he said in a release.
Could college football actually be starting on time? "What we don't know is what the capacity level would be".
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