NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Big 12 releases updated guidelines for athletic programs

This content is being provided for free as a public service to our readers during the coronavirus outbreak. Sign up for our daily or breaking newsletters to stay informed.  If local news is important to you, consider becoming a digital subscriber to The Oklahoman.

Sunday, the Big 12 announced new guidelines that go into effect Monday for the conference's athletics programs.

The guidelines include policies that bring the Big 12 in line with other conferences around the country. Last week, OU football coach Lincoln Riley said he felt the Big 12 was lagging behind other conferences and called for an even playing field across college football.

Here are the Big 12's new policies:

-No organized, in-person team activities of any type, in any location

-No in-person voluntary workouts, film study sessions, meetings, technique drills or captains' practices/OTA sessions of any type, in any location until a permissible date is established by the NCAA.

-No virtual or online supervised physical workouts and skill instruction, regardless of location.

-Virtual group activities, including film study, are limited to two hours per week in all sports. Only countable coaches may conduct virtual film study, technical discussions, tactical sessions and other non-physical activies. These policies will be revisited and adjusted at regular intervals and as circumstances dictate.

-Coaches can recommend written, self-directed workout plans provided they are approved in accordance with proper procedures as outlined by each institution's appropriate sport performance, medical and/or athletic training personnel and in accordance with NCAA recommendations on preventing catastrophic injury and death. Taped demonstration videos on respective workout plans are allowed in order to demonstrate proper form and technique. School personnel may not supervise, conduct or monitor workouts on or off campus.

-In-person, on-campus meals and nutritional supplements may be provided in situations where student-athletes are unable to leave campus. Off-campus nutritional supplements are limited to the permissible items as outlined in NCAA bylaw 16.5.2.8.

-Programs are allowed to provide non-athletic related support including sports medicine treatments, physical therapy and rehabilitation; academic support; and mental health and wellness support.

-Programs may provide off-campus student-athletes with apparel and personal equipment that is regularly available to student-athletes when they are on campus for conditioning workouts. Programs cannot rent, purchase or otherwise arrange for conditioning or strength training equipment or machines but can provide supplies such as stretching bands, foam rollers and similar equipment.

-Prospective student-athletes may not be involved in any countable activities, including virtual activities.

-The policies will remain in effect until May 31 or until additional guidance is provided. The Big 12 Board of Directors and athletic directors will meet regularly to assess the guidelines and make amendments.


Related Photos
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks at the Big 12 Media Day at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on July 15. The Big 12 released updated guidelines for its programs Sunday in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. [STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World]

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks at the Big 12 Media Day at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on July 15. The Big 12 released updated guidelines for its programs Sunday in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. [STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-424c242c720b58ca49361aefaad8a682.jpg" alt="Photo - Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks at the Big 12 Media Day at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on July 15. The Big 12 released updated guidelines for its programs Sunday in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. [STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World]" title="Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks at the Big 12 Media Day at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on July 15. The Big 12 released updated guidelines for its programs Sunday in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. [STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World]"><figcaption>Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks at the Big 12 Media Day at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on July 15. The Big 12 released updated guidelines for its programs Sunday in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. [STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World]</figcaption></figure>
Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

Comments