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NCAA Grassroots Basketball Update - May 7, 2020

By Sully Carter, 05/07/20, 9:30AM PDT


On May 6, 2020 the NCAA met to discuss the future of Grassroots and High School basketball events for this summer. While no final decision was made, they announced Wednesday that they are "likely to extend the temporary recruiting dead period through June 30." 

If the dead period is extended, June live events would be cancelled until further notice, possibly pushing viewing period events to August, September, and October.  What this means for high school live events is unsure. Typically June weekends are reserved for scholastic only events so another decision will have to be made on grassroots vs scholastic. 

This information comes just after the NCAA announced their decision to approve blanket waiver requests, which adjusts dead period regulations.  Please see the full press release below and and for more information regarding Covid-19 and the NCAA, visit them here

Furthermore, this may present complications with dual sport athletes who wish to compete in a fall scholastic sport and play in viewing events in the late summer or fall. Many multi-sport  athletes already compete in fall basketball events so this may not become an issue. 

For more information on Covid -19 regulations, symptoms, and more, you can visit the World Health Organization.


Released May 7, 2020. 

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we remain committed to the overall safety and well-being of participants, event operators and staff. Emergency legislation was previously adopted to establish a temporary recruiting dead period through at least May 31. Discussions continue regarding extending the dead period into summer. The June and July evaluation periods are still questionable.

The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee convened on May 6. Extension of the dead period was discussed, but no decisions were made. The committee agreed to review the status of the dead period again during next week’s meeting, but did indicate that it is likely to extend the temporary recruiting dead period through June 30. Additional medical information and feedback from the sport oversight committees and other constituencies will be provided at next week’s meeting and it is likely to make a decision at that time. The public statement summarizing the committee’s actions is posted online: DI Council Coordination Committee Approves Blanket Waiver Requests.

Additionally, no decisions have been made about the addition of future dates. We understand the overwhelming challenges this creates for all involved and remain committed to keeping you updated on any additional changes to the 2020 NCAA men's and women's basketball recruiting calendar as they become available.

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