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DI Council adopts midyear enrollee legislation

Members introduce basketball, diversity review proposals into 2020-21 cycle

The Division I Council adopted emergency legislation allowing some fall sport midyear enrollees to compete during the 2020-21 academic year in limited circumstances. The Council met virtually Thursday. 

The decision applies to midyear enrollees who plan to compete in the Football Championship Subdivision and other fall sports. The legislation supersedes an earlier decision to prohibit participation by midyear enrollees. Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes are not included because they are not conducting their fall seasons in the spring.

To qualify for spring competition, freshmen who enroll at midyear must have graduated in the spring or summer of 2020 and made a written commitment to a school indicating intent to enroll in the fall 2020 term. 

If a transfer engaged in competition in the fall or winter term of 2020, the student-athlete is not eligible to compete at the new school in spring 2021. 

The legislation is intended to address roster attrition and management issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group also introduced two new pieces of legislation into the 2020-21 cycle:

  • A measure to prohibit official and unofficial visits and school-sponsored camps and clinics during the NCAA College Basketball Academy.  
  • A proposal that would require schools and conferences to complete the equity, diversity and inclusion review once every four years instead of once every five years.

Those two pieces of legislation will go through the regular cycle and could be considered by the Council as early as January.