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NCAA Formally Approves Football, Basketball Summer Athletic Calendars

The NCAA has officially adopted a summer athletic activities calendar for football and basketball teams.

The Division I Council approved Wednesday a six-week schedule for football team activities, starting with up to eight hours per week of strength and conditioning, meetings and film review from July 13-23.

From July 24 through Aug. 6, teams may conduct up to 20 hours per week of activities, split into eight hours of strength and conditioning, six hours of walk-throughs with a football, and six hours of meetings and film review.

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Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly
Notre Dame and Brian Kelly can start mandatory team activities on July 13. (Mike Miller)

The proposal was approved and submitted by the Football Oversight Committee earlier in June.

The 29-day allotted preseason practice period was not changed. Training camps can begin Aug. 7 and teams are still allowed to hold 25 practices before their first game. With earlier starts to semesters at many campuses, though, the 20-hour maximum for athletic activities will go into effect earlier in training camp than normal. Coaches are normally allowed unlimited hours during preseason practice before classes start.

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Notre Dame moved up the start of its fall semester by two weeks to Aug. 10. Voluntary workouts will begin June 22, and players have already moved into the on-campus Morris Inn for the summer.

Additionally, the NCAA approved men’s and women’s basketball teams to start voluntary activities on July 1, per a proposal put forth earlier this week. Required workouts, meetings, strength and conditioning and on-court practice can begin July 20 and last up to eight hours per week. Those may continue for up to eight weeks or the first day of fall classes, whichever comes first.

Once classes begin, teams can hold up to eight hours per week of out-of-season mandatory workouts, as permitted in normal years. No change was made to the preseason practice model, which allows 30 practices over 42 days before a team’s first game.


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