COVID-19 UPDATE – U.S SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS

Updated Mat 24, 09:00

U.S colleges and universities have their hands full dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, as they transition to online classes, close campuses and deal with the health and housing of their students. Understandably, this will also have created some uncertainty around your college plans and planned travel to the United States. This is a pivotal time and US college coaches are extremely eager to recruit student-athletes for August 2020. While uncertainty remains, US colleges are trying to ensure that both current and prospective international students can study in the US.

We are closely following the latest Government advice and are working hard on what this means for our athletes. The current situation is naturally having an impact on universities and colleges, SAT exams, Eligibility Centres, playing schedules, visa applications and flights so we thought we would provide you with some useful links to help you get the latest info:

NCAA Response

The impact from the COVID-19 virus has been significantly felt across the NCAA’s 1,100-plus institutions and nearly 500,000 student-athletes. On March 12, the global health threat led to the cancellation of the remaining NCAA winter and spring championships. Seasons were canceled before they started. Others ended abruptly. Universities across the country have since shifted to online learning for the rest of the semester. A new normal is still being formed, as the NCAA and its members work together to navigate these difficult times. They do so #UnitedAsOne. 

Schools have closed and test centres have cancelled standardised tests due to the COVID19 pandemic. This is making it difficult for future students to meet requirements needed academically by certain colleges. College coaches are also just as interested in academic ability as they are with athletic ability. 

To help in the unprecedented time, the NCAA Eligibility Center has announced they are waiving ACT/SAT standardised test score requirements for incoming freshman student-athletes. This is called the COVID-19 Automatic Wavier and is only available to student-athletes starting college the 2020-2021 academic year. 

In order to qualify for the waiver students athletes must reach the below requirements. 

For Division 1 

  • Complete 10 NCAA-approved core course units
  • Units must include English, Math or Science
  • Have a 2.3 GPA or higher

For Division 2

  • Complete 10 NCAA-approved course course units
  • Have a 2.2 GPA or higher

Student athletes planning to be an incoming freshman for the 2020/2021 academic year will be eligible to receive an athletic scholarship under the COVID-19 eligibility waiver. 

The planning for the 2020 fall NCAA championships is moving forward with the idea to prepare for adjustments in these unpredictable times. Senior Vice President of Championships Joni Comstock said “If we can, and it makes sense, we certainly would like to have a complete experience for the student-athletes this fall.” On Wednesday, the Division I Council voted to allow football and basketball student-athletes to participate in on-campus voluntary athletics activities beginning June 1, as long as all local, state and federal regulations are followed. On Friday, the Council voted to allow voluntary athletics activities in all Division I sports beginning June 1.

For the latest updates from the NCAA check out: www.ncaa.com/

NAIA Response

The NAIA is closely monitoring COVID-19 and the impact it is having on our members. The NAIA Council of Presidents and other councils and committees will continue to make decisions they believe are in the best interest of student-athletes.

In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent. The NAIA is continuing to address outstanding questions related to these unprecedented changes and will share new information as it becomes available.

For the latest updates from the NCAA check out: www.naia.org/

NJCAA Response

As the NJCAA has continued to monitor the COVID-19 spread, the association has recognized the progression of the situation and its impact as it relates to member colleges and upcoming national championship events.

Upon further discussion with NJCAA Leadership, fellow collegiate athletic associations, and national tournament hosts, the NJCAA has made the decision to follow all state laws, restrictions, and guidelines in regards to upcoming national championship events.

Aside from the tournaments, the NJCAA has made the decision to cancel all banquet, community service, and all non-essential engagement events, including media access to student-athletes and teams that occur at each of the championships.

For the latest updates from the NJCAA check out: www.njcaa.org/

Collegeboard Response (SAT)

In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.

In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers.

College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. They will be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college.

They have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority. They are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.

For the latest updates from Collegeboard check out: www.collegeboard.org/

U.S Embassy in the UK Response 

The United States Embassy in London is cancelling routine nonimmigrant visa appointments and reducing immigrant visa appointments, and no visa appointments will take place at the Consulate in Belfast. They will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

If you have scheduled a visa interview appointment, the Visa Appointment Service will contact you if your appointment is being postponed. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.

For the latest updates from the U.S Embassy in London check out: https://uk.usembassy.gov/

Our U.S Sports Scholarships Family

It is important to note, our recruiting has and will not stop. College coaches, our staff and athletes can still communicate over email, phone, text and social media. At U.S Sports Scholarships we are focused on helping athletes and families understand the US college recruiting process and find success throughout their US college journey.

 Keeping you informed

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing situation from a public health perspective, we are committed to keeping you informed and we will continue to keep you updated through email, our social media accounts and website.

 If you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss, please speak to your representative or if you are an unsigned player drop us a note at admin@ussportsscholarships.com

Stay healthy and safe.

The U.S SS Team

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