Pac-12 extends its coronavirus suspension of athletic activities

The Pac-12 extended the suspension of organized team activities by two months during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing a full shutdown of collegiate sports in the conference through May.

The conference announced Monday its decision to suspend operations through May 31, and assured it would periodically review its position in the coming weeks.

The updated policy continues to block all types of in-person training or team activities, while also clarifying the limits for virtual team activities.

Online guided training or skill instructions remain prohibited. However, coaches may recommend training schedules or pass taped training schedule demonstration videos, “to demonstrate proper form and technique,” the Pac-12 statement said.

Coaches can perform some form of virtual team activities, including group film study, where football is limited to two hours per week and all other sports are allocated four hours.

The Pac-12 calls on the NCAA to raise the two-hour limit for football.

It wasn’t until 16 days ago that the Pac-12 first announced that it would cancel its men’s basketball tournament, as university sports were forced to face unprecedented circumstances due to the outbreak of the new corona virus. Hours later, the Pac-12 went on to cancel all remaining winter and spring sports and championships.

The original suspension of organized team activities would end on Monday. Now it will take at least another two months for Pac-12 teams to regather normally.

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