Beginning Monday, April 20, all Division I coaches will be allowed to have more virtual contact with their players, in a decision by the Division I Council Coordination Committee, announced Thursday.
The ruling means that coaches may now spend up to eight hours per week with student-athletes, in “virtual nonphysical countable activities like film review, chalk talks and team meetings.” Previously, Pac-12 football coaches had been approved for two hours per week.
The new ruling covers the time frame from April 20 through May 31 and affects all Division I sports.
“This change not only allows coaches to continue to educate their student-athletes but also fosters the connectivity that comes with team-based activities,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Penn. “Regular, individual check-ins between student-athletes and coaches remain permissible and are encouraged.”
With all spring sports canceled, the rules governing those sports then shifted into out-of-season rules, which changes what mandatory requirements coaches can place on players.
This decision will be reevaluated by the committee in mid-May, whn another decision will be made as to whether or not to extend or amend this amount of access.