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Championships Safety Overview

The NCAA is committed to the health and safety of all student-athletes, staff and fans. To satisfy this commitment, the Association has collaborated with leading members of the medical and scientific community with expertise in public health and COVID-19 management to establish guidelines for a return to championships.

The return-to-championships guidelines include the following provisions:

  • All rounds of the winter championships and Division I fall championships will be held at predetermined sites.
  • All championships will require a level of testing for Tier 1 and 2 participants before arrival at the championship site.
  • All championships will use a COVID-19 controlled environment for Tier 1 participants.
  • Aside from athletes who are actively competing or training, all accredited individuals and fans must universally mask and physically distance on-site.  
  • COVID-19 testing will be conducted based on travel considerations and each sport’s transmission risk level, as established by resocialization recommendations.
  • All individuals are required to adhere to safety protocols from the time they leave their home destination until they depart the championship site. 
  • Space management protocols will be developed for each site/sport to help ensure physical distancing.
  • Specific venue capacity and local health directives will be key factors in whether fans and family members will be allowed to attend. Site occupancy (inclusive of those in Tiers 1 through 3 and fans) may be up to 25% capacity, as determined by local public health authorities.
  • The NCAA’s championship guidelines allow each sport to use the appropriate guidelines for its championship event based on guidance and direction from the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, along with local and state oversight at the site of the preliminary and final rounds of the championship.

Each championship will establish two roles specific to the health and safety of the event: a Team COVID-19 Health Officer selected by every participating team and a Championships Medical Team for every championship event.

  • Team COVID-19 Health Officer: This individual is designated by each team to oversee team communication and management of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. The COVID-19 Health Officer should be a medical provider or school administrator and serves responsibilities similar to the athletics health care administrator. The officer will oversee self-health checks of all Tier 1 participants, assuring that such checks are performed daily. The officer will consult with the team medical personnel regarding any report of symptoms disclosed in a self-health check. The officer will also be the designated recipient of verbal communication from the championship command center of a confirmed positive COVID-19 test. Following such communication, the officer will speak with the affected individual and will coordinate isolation logistics with the command center, while also serving as a liaison with the school, family and other key stakeholders to assure proper medical coordination, lodging and return travel.
  • Championships Medical Team: Each championship will have a designated Championships Medical Team, consisting of two to four individuals. There will be every effort to assure that one team is assigned for the entire championship. The Championships Medical Team will be utilized for complex decision-making around COVID-19 issues, including but not limited to decisions regarding re-entry into a controlled environment, impact of positive cases on game play, and requests by teams regarding medical decision-making related to COVID-19.  The championships medical team has no authority for decision-making regarding confirmation of COVID-19 tests, but may offer an opinion, when requested by the governing sport committee, championship administrator, local public health authority, or NCAA Chief Medical Officer, regarding complexities of COVID-19-related issues. This group provides recommendations that will be delivered via the NCAA Chief Medical Officer to the final decision-making authorities, which include the local public health authority and/or the championship sport committee as appropriate.

Tiers for Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships

All individuals who are part of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be identified as Tier 1, 2, 3 or 4 personnel.

  • Tier 1 individuals are those with the highest exposure (e.g., team travel party and officials). Physical distancing and masking may be compromised, especially during practice and competition. They must remain in the COVID-19 controlled environment.
  • Tier 2 individuals may have proximity to courtside, with potential periodic interaction with Tier 1 and potential compromised physical distancing with other Tier 2 participants (e.g., basketball committee members, select NCAA staff, ambassadors, site control officials, national coordinator of officials, contact tracers and game operations personnel). They must be universally masked and make every effort to maintain physical distancing. Interaction with those in Tier 1 is by approval only, with the assurance of physical distancing and masking.
  • Tier 3 individuals have proximity to those in Tier 2, and potentially to those in Tier 1 (e.g., select NCAA and venue staff, game and practice operations personnel, travel staff, and security). Tier 3 should remain separate from Tier 2, with only limited, approved interaction. This group should always physically distance and universally mask.
  • Tier 4 is the lowest exposure tier, covering individuals not in proximity to Tiers 1-3 (e.g., cleaning staff, media, player guest, conference administrators, hotel runners and the general public). This group should always physically distance and universally mask.

Testing strategies for Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships

Tier 1 participants will be required to undergo and document seven consecutive negative daily COVID-19 tests before arrival into Indianapolis or San Antonio. One of these tests must be PCR. Tier 1 individuals will be administered daily tests upon arrival and during the tournament. All Tier 1 individuals will remain in quarantine until two consecutive tests on separate days are confirmed negative, at which time team practice may begin. A same-day protocol will be in place for potential false positive tests.

Tier 2 individuals must undergo and document a negative PCR test within two days of arrival in Indianapolis or San Antonio (or a negative antigen test within one day of arrival) and will undergo PCR testing daily thereafter. Tier 2 individuals will remain in quarantine and may not begin their work until the first test upon arrival is confirmed negative. Tier 2 individuals will not interact with Tier 1 participants unless absolutely necessary and under conditions in which all parties are masked and physically distanced.

Tier 3 individuals must undergo and document a negative PCR test within three days of arrival in Indianapolis or San Antonio and will undergo PCR testing twice weekly thereafter.

Tier 4 individuals are not subject to testing and must follow the recommendations of local public health officials.

For participants who are at least two weeks post-infection and within 90 days of the first known date of infection, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing will not be required. Masking and physical distancing will still be required for these participants. Refer to the men’s basketball and women’s basketball policies for more details. For participants who are fully vaccinated, testing protocols will remain in place but they will not be subject to quarantine restrictions per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tiers for all other championships

All individuals who are part of the remaining NCAA Championships will be identified as in Tier 1, 2 or 3.

  • Tier 1 individuals are those with the highest exposure (e.g., student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials). Physical distancing and masking may be compromised during practice and competition.
  • Tier 2 individuals (e.g., administrators, security, event staff and league staff) are considered at moderate risk to exposure. They may be in proximity to those in Tier 1 but can always maintain physical distancing and masking. They may have limited interaction with Tier 1 individuals only upon approval and assurance that all parties will be physically distanced and masked.
  • Tier 3 individuals (e.g., housekeeping, catering, sanitation, transportation, media and broadcast workers) make up the lowest tier of risk to exposure. They will have no interaction with people in Tier 1 or Tier 2.

Testing strategies for all other championships

The testing schedule for Tier 1 individuals is outlined in the chart below. Tier 2 individuals must undergo and document a negative PCR test within two days of arrival, or a negative antigen test within one day of arrival, and undergo daily self-health checks. Further testing is based on symptoms. Tier 3 individuals must undergo daily self-health checks, with testing based on symptoms.

Health and Safety Details for all NCAA Championships

 

The following chart is intended as a resource for member schools to use in coordination with applicable government and related institutional policies and guidelines. Updated information will be added when it becomes available.

Last Updated March 12, 2021

Event

Location

Dates

Pre-event Testing

On-site Testing

Fans

Media Access

FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SPRING

DI Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Oklahoma State University Cross Country Course
Stillwater, Oklahoma

March 15

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

Participants will be allowed to invite limited guests to the championship. There will be no public ticket sales for the event.

Some local and national media may be allowed to attend, but all news conferences will be virtual.

DI Field Hockey

Karen Shelton Stadium
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

May 7-9

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

Two guests per travel party member. No other fans will be allowed.

Some media seating but not allowed on field or in press box. All news conferences will be conducted virtually.

DI Football Championship Subdivision

Toyota Stadium
Frisco, Texas

May 16 (tentative)

PCR: Within three days before

scheduled competition for that

week.

Antigen/rapid PCR: Same day as each competition.

25% of venue capacity.

TBD

DI Men’s and Women’s Soccer

WakeMed Soccer Park
Cary, North Carolina

May 13-17

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DI Women’s Volleyball

CHI Health Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

April 13-24

Three times during the week prior to arrival on nonconsecutive days, inclusive of a negative PCR test within two days of arrival.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

A limited number of tickets will be allocated to each team for the single match in which they are participating.  These are the matches being played in the CHI Health Center Omaha Convention Center.  No general public ticket sales. From the regional finals through the national championship match, each team will be allocated 200 tickets. Limited tickets remain for the  regional finals, and may be purchased online at NCAA.com/tickets. The semifinals and finals have reached capacity. Media will be all virtual through first round, second round, and regional semifinals.  A limited number of onsite media can attend regional finals, national semifinals and finals. All press gatherings will be virtual.

National Collegiate Men’s Water Polo

University of Southern California
Los Angeles

March 20-21

Three times during the week prior to arrival on nonconsecutive days, inclusive of a negative PCR test within two days of arrival.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

No fans will be in attendance.

A limited number of media can attend.

WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS

DI Men’s Basketball

Indianapolis and surrounding region

March 18-April 5

Tested for seven consecutive days prior to travel, including one PCR test.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

25% of venue capacity for most sites.

Limited on-site credentials issued; postgame interviews conducted virtually.

DI Women’s Basketball

San Antonio and surrounding region

March 21-April 4

Tested for seven consecutive days prior to travel, including one PCR test.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

17% of venue capacity for most sites.

Limited on-site credentials issued; postgame interviews conducted virtually.

DII Men’s Basketball

Regional sites:

West Liberty — West Liberty, West Virginia

Northern State — Aberdeen, South Dakota

Saint Rose — Albany, New York

Southern Indiana/Evansville Sports Corp. ­— Evansville, Indiana

Valdosta State — Valdosta, Georgia

Lubbock Christian —Lubbock, Texas

Lincoln Memorial — Harrogate, Tennessee

Colorado School of Mines ­—Golden, Colorado

Finals site:

Evansville, Indiana

Regional dates: March 13-16

 

 

Finals site dates:

March 24-27

Three times during the week prior to arrival on nonconsecutive days, inclusive of a negative PCR test within two days of arrival.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

A limited number of fans may attend the regionals, however the regionals in Golden, Colorado, and Albany, New York, will not have fans. Some fans can attend the finals site in Evansville, Indiana.

Credentialing will be by invitation only. Local television and radio will receive virtual credentials with access to the NCAA digital media hubs and virtual post-game press conferences.

DII Women’s Basketball

Regional sites:

Ohio Dominican/Greater Columbus Sports Commission — Columbus, Ohio

Central Missouri — Warrensburg, Missouri

Daemen — Buffalo, New York

Drury — Springfield, Missouri

North Georgia — Dahlonega, Georgia

West Texas A&M —Canyon, Texas

Carson-Newman —Jefferson City, Tennessee

Colorado Mesa ­— Grand Junction, Colorado

Finals site:

Columbus, Ohio

Regional site dates: March 13-15

 

Finals site dates:

March 23-26

Three times during the week prior to arrival on nonconsecutive days, inclusive of a negative PCR test within two days of arrival.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

A limited number of fans will be allowed at all regional sites except for Daemen. Guest of the participants can attend, but there will not be public sales at the finals site in Columbus, Ohio.

Limited access for media and all press conferences will be virtual.

National Collegiate Bowling

AMF Pro Bowl Lanes
North Kansas City, Missouri

April 7-10

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

No spectators

No in-person media

National Collegiate Fencing

Multi-Sport Facility
University Park, Pennsylvania

March 25-28

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

No spectators

No in-person media

National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics

Maturi Pavilion
Minneapolis

April 16-17

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

No public tickets will be sold, but student-athletes will be allowed to invite guests to attend.

Limited media will be allowed with no access to the competition floor. All interviews will be virtual

National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics

Dickies Arena
Fort Worth, Texas

April 16-17

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

At the finals site in Fort Worth, Texas, up to 25% capacity will be allowed.

Limited media will be allowed with no access to the competition floor. All interviews will be virtual

DI Men’s Ice Hockey

PPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh

April 8-10

Three times during the week prior to arrival on nonconsecutive days, inclusive of a negative PCR test within two days of arrival.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

Up to 25% of seating capacity will be allowed.

Media attendance will be limited from year’s past and will be invitation only.

National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey

Erie Insurance Arena
Erie, Pennsylvania

March 15-21

Three times during the week prior to arrival on nonconsecutive days, inclusive of a negative PCR test within two days of arrival.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

A limited number of family/friends of the participating teams can attend.

A limited number of media will be credentialed.

National Collegiate Rifle

Converse Hall
Columbus, Ohio

March 12-13

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

No spectators.

N/A

National Collegiate Skiing

Cannon Mountain and Jackson Nordic Center
Franconia, New Hampshire

March 10-13

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

No fans or guest are allowed.

No in-person media.

DI Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving

Greensboro Aquatic Center
Greensboro, North Carolina

Women: March 17-20

Men: March 24-27

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantined until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while on-site.

No spectators.

No in-person media.

DII Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving

Birmingham CrossPlex
Birmingham, Alabama

March 17-20

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantined until one confirmed negative, then testing every other day while on-site.

No spectators.

No in-person media

DI Men’s and Women’s Track and Field (indoor)

Randal Tyson Center
Fayetteville, Arkansas

March 11-13

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantined until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while on-site.

No spectators.

N/A

DII Men’s and Women’s Track and Field (indoor)

Birmingham CrossPlex
Birmingham, Alabama

March 11-13

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantined until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while on-site.

No spectators.

N/A

DI Wrestling

Enterprise Center
St. Louis

March 18-20

Three times during the week prior to arrival on nonconsecutive days, inclusive of a negative PCR test within two days of arrival.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

Schools will be allotted a limited number of tickets based on the number of qualifying wrestlers. There will be no public ticket sales for the event.

Some local and national media may be allowed to attend, but all news conferences will be virtual.

DII Wrestling

Super Regional sites:

Mercyhurst — Erie, Pennsylvania

Emmanuel —Franklin Springs, Georgia

Tiffin — Tiffin, Ohio

Central Oklahoma —Edmond, Oklahoma

Northern State — Aberdeen, South Dakota

Colorado Mesa — Grand Junction, Colorado

Finals site:

St. Louis

Super Regionals: Feb. 27-28

Finals: March 12-13

Three times during the week prior to arrival on nonconsecutive days, inclusive of a negative PCR test within two days of arrival.

Daily testing upon arrival. Quarantine until first two tests (on separate days) are confirmed negative.

Limited spectators which will be based on the number of qualifiers from each team. No public tickets will be sold.

There will be limited media access.

SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS

DI Baseball

TD Ameritrade Park
Omaha, Nebraska

June 19-30

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DII Baseball

USA Baseball National Training Complex
Cary, North Carolina

June 5-12

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DIII Baseball

Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

June 3-9

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

National Collegiate Beach Volleyball

Gulf Beach Place
Gulf Shores, Alabama

May 7-9

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DI Men’s and Women’s Golf

Grayhawk Golf Club
Scottsdale, Arizona

May 21-26
(Women)

May 28 - June 2
(Men)

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DII Men’s Golf

PGA National Resort
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

May 17 - 21

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DII Women’s Golf

TPC Michigan
Dearborn, Michigan

May 11-15

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DIII Men’s Golf

Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
Wheeling, West Virginia

May 11-14

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DIII Women’s Golf

Forest Akers
Lansing, Michigan

May 11-14

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DI Men’s Lacrosse

Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
East Hartford, Connecticut

May 29-31

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DI Women’s Lacrosse

Johnny Unitas Stadium
Towson, Maryland

May 28-30

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DII and DIII Men’s Lacrosse

Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
East Hartford, Connecticut

May 30

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DII and DIII Women’s Lacrosse

Kerr Stadium
Salem, Virginia

May 21-23

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DI, DII and DIII Rowing

Nathan Benderson Park
Bradenton, Florida

May 28-30

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DI Softball

USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City

June 3-9

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DII Softball

The Regency Athletic Complex at MSU Denver
Denver

May 27-31

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DIII Softball

Moyer Sports Complex
Salem, Virginia

May 27-June 1

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DI Men’s and Women’s Tennis

USTA National Campus (Collegiate Center)
Orlando, Florida

May 20-29
 

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DII Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex
Surprise, Arizona

May 18-22
 

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DIII Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Biszantz Family Tennis Center
Claremont, California

May 24-30
 

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DI Men’s and Women’s Track and Field (outdoor)

Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon

June 9-12
 

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DII Men’s and Women’s Track and Field (outdoor)

Grand Valley State South Complex
Allendale, Michigan

May 27-29
 

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DIII Men’s and Women’s Track and Field (outdoor)

Irwin Belk Track
Greensboro, North Carolina

May 27-29

Negative antigen within one day of arrival, or negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until confirmed negative, then testing every other day while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball

Covelli Center
Columbus, Ohio

May 6-8

Three times weekly on nonconsecutive days (antigen or PCR, confirmed negative), with a negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until two consecutive tests are confirmed negative, then daily testing while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

DIII Men’s Volleyball

The Shults Center at Nazareth College
Rochester, New York

April 23-24

Three times weekly on nonconsecutive days (antigen or PCR, confirmed negative), with a negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until two consecutive tests are confirmed negative, then daily testing while participating on-site.

Attendance will be capped at 500 fans per match. Competing teams will be provided 100 tickets per match. More may be provided if needed. The remaining tickets will be sold on a per-match basis.

Limited media can attend, but all press gatherings will be virtual.

National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo

Spieker Aquatics Center
Los Angeles

May 14-16

Three times weekly on nonconsecutive days (antigen or PCR, confirmed negative), with a negative PCR within two days of arrival.

Testing upon arrival and quarantine until two consecutive tests are confirmed negative, then daily testing while participating on-site.

TBD

TBD

Return-to-play considerations following a positive test during championships

Some athletes may test positive for COVID-19 just before or during championships and may have an opportunity to compete if they have completed mandatory isolation and recovered and the championship event is ongoing. For this scenario, the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group agreed with the following considerations that were developed by the COVID-19 Playing and Practice Season Subcommittee of the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

  • Return-to-play decisions are to occur in a manner consistent with the provisions of independent medical care legislation, which provides primary athletics health care providers with unchallengeable autonomous authority to determine medical management and return-to-play decisions related to student-athletes (Division I Constitution 3.2.4.19; Division II Constitution 3.3.4.19; Division III Constitution 3.2.4.21).
  • Consistent with previous feedback, the subcommittee agreed that established best practices related to transition periods apply to this scenario, given the time of inactivity and potential for infection impact.
  • No singular approach (e.g., X-day policy) is appropriate as a substitution for local medical judgement and decision-making. Specifically, there can be significant variability in the clinical impact of COVID-19 infection and the overall physiological readiness of student-athletes, and this variability must be individually assessed by primary athletic health care providers.
  • Following isolation and appropriate medical clearance (e.g., cardiopulmonary evaluation), physical activity should be appropriately calibrated for sport-specific intensity, frequency and duration. In particular, the subcommittee highlighted the need for a demonstrated progression of intensity in a noncompetition setting. 
    • For example, before competition a student-athlete should demonstrate the ability to successfully manage physiological stress comparable to that during competition.
  • In summary, the principles of transition periods with a focus on frequency, duration and intensity of activity continue to apply; further, the variability in the clinical impact of disease and the overall physiological readiness of student-athletes does not support a national standardized policy for return to play. Following isolation and appropriate medical clearance, affected athletes should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and in a sport-specific way, before return to competition.

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