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NCAA Grants Spring Sport Athletes Additional Year Of Eligibility

The NCAA has officially granted spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization announced Monday. Additionally, council members determined they would not provide an additional year of eligibility for winter sport athletes.

The NCAA will also adjust financial aid rules for eligible student-athletes receiving an extension as well as incoming freshmen to ensure scholarships remain intact. The organizations’ adjustment won’t require programs to provide athletes with the same aid they received this season, however.

Student-athletes who were currently in their fifth year before the season was abruptly canceled are still eligible to use the waiver.

Additionally, the NCAA announced it has increased the roster limit for baseball programs. Currently, baseball is the only spring sport that features regular-season roster limitations.

Winter sports were not included in this decision due to the fact that their regular seasons were completed despite the cancellations of postseason tournaments and championships.

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Owen Abbey

Owen Abbey is a senior from Annapolis, Maryland, majoring in secondary education and minoring in social justice in education. When he is not writing for the blog, he enjoys rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, supporting Penn State basketball and softball, dreaming of all of the ways he would win the TV show "Survivor", and yes mom, actually doing school work. If you would like to talk about sports or "Survivor", the best way to reach out is on Twitter @theowenabbey. All other compliments may be sent to [email protected]

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