Spring Athletes Granted Extra Year of Eligibility by NCAA


Grant Ament, a senior, will reportedly have an extra year of eligibility.

Lacrosse fans were hit with unfortunate news this week, as the NCAA announced the cancellation of all winter and spring championship events, effectively ending the 2020 lacrosse season.

Within minutes, questions flooded online. Chief among them: Will these players receive an extra year of eligibility to make up for this "lost" season? The NCAA reacted swiftly.

The response seemed to be much appreciated by those directly impacted, but it certainly brings its own share of questions. Not all lacrosse players are full-scholarship athletes, so tuition cost comes into play. As does roster size, as the return of a senior class that was on tap to graduate could certainly impede the incoming freshman class.

These are all situations that figure to be sorted out in due time with the NCAA having continued discussions on this subject.

To see how Friday's big news developed, continue below.


UPDATE, Friday, 2:53 p.m.

Through an expedited vote, the MCLA also voted to allow players to retain an additional year of eligibility.

UPDATE, Friday, 2:49 p.m.

It's official. The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee has agreed that "eligility relief" is appropriate for spring sports.

UPDATE, Friday, 2:40 p.m.

A source told Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated scholarships and team sizes will be a discussion within the NCAA.

UPDATE, Friday, 1:58 p.m.

The NCAA Board of Governors has provided some guidance on the subject (via Twitter).


Multiple reports Friday afternoon said that the NCAA believes "it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season for competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports."

This is a developing story. US Lacrosse Magazine will continue to provide updates as the day goes on.

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