According to the guidelines, the Tier 1 group
will receive COVID-19 testing three times a week and not on
consecutive days. That core group would consist of 15 players,
coaches and essential staff up to as many as 30 people.
The recommended testing cycle is suggested to begin one week
before competition begins. The start date for basketball has
been set for Nov. 25, one day before Thanksgiving.
On team benches, all Tier 1 personnel need to be separated from
all others not in the group. That Tier 2 group will require
masks, as well as the physical distancing.
In case of a positive COVID-19 test among a Tier 1 player or
coach, the entire group will be required to go into quarantine
for 14 days.
"(The guidance) is predicated on the assumption that rapid
testing capabilities will be readily available later this year,"
NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. "We will
constantly assess emerging information as we prepare for the
start of the basketball season at the end of November."
Travel requirements will be strict as well. Travel in private
vehicles or chartered planes is highly recommended with other
considerations listed like eating prepackaged foods and to avoid
Travel party sizes also are required to be restricted, but no
set number for a travel party was given.
The recommendations were put together with the assistance of the
Sport Science Institute and included basic risk mitigation like
washing hands before putting on a mask, wearing a mask over the
nose and mouth, requiring a mask to have a snug fit on the sides
and to avoid masks with valves or vents.
--Field Level Media
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