NCAA DI Allows Virtual Non-Physical Activities to Continue

Due to the unique circumstances that are impacting academic calendars and plans for instruction at universities across the country, NCAA Division I leadership has approved a waiver which will permit D1 coaches to require up to 8 hours per week of virtual non-physical activities from their student-athletes through the Fall semester.

Student-athletes who are not on campus but are taking their coursework through online instruction can be required to participate in activities such as team meetings, “chalk talks”, film review, etc. for up to 8 hours per week.

  • Student-athletes must be enrolled as a full-time student in the Fall term in order to participate in these non-physical virtual activities.
  • Coaches must give their athletes at least one day off per week from those activities.

However, Coaches are prohibited from requiring virtual physical activities (such as observing via Zoom or FaceTime an athlete performing a drill or lift). This is due to an NCAA requirement that a sports-safety certified staff member must be physically present during such activities for health and safety reasons.

Do you Have Questions During These Uncertain Times?

As student-athletes and families consider the pros and cons of whether to enroll for the Fall semester if their university will have no in-person instruction and no sports competition, we will answer your questions and be an objective sounding board if you’d like to discuss the pros and cons. Schedule your confidential Scholarship Strategies Consult online or by sending an email to or calling us at 913-766-1235.