The NCAA has approved a plan to extend the college football preseason to make up for lost spring practices that were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the recently approved model, assuming a school’s first scheduled football contest is on Saturday, Sept. 5, student-athletes may be required to participate in up to eight hours of weight training, conditioning and film review per week (not more than two hours of film review per week) from July 13-23.
Then, from July 24 through Aug. 6, student-athletes may be required to participate in up to 20 hours of countable athletically related activities per week (not more than four hours per day) as follows:
- Up to eight hours per week for weight training and conditioning.
- Up to six hours per week for walk-throughs, which may include the use of a football.
- Up to six hours per week for meetings, which may include film review, team meetings, position meetings, one-on-one meetings, etc.
During this 14-day period, student-athletes are required to get at least two days off.
According to the NCAA, teams can start the preseason 29 days prior to their scheduled season opener. Teams, such as Louisville, who have their first game on Sept 3rd can begin fall practices on August 5th.
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) June 17, 2020