NJCAA Announces Blanket Eligibility Waiver For 2020-2021 Season

NJCAA Announces Blanket Eligibility Waiver For 2020-2021 Season

CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Thursday, the NJCAA announced a blanket eligibility waiver for the upcoming 2020-2021 athletic year, meaning that no NJCAA student-athletes will be charged a year of eligibility whether they play or not during their respective seasons. 

"The Board of Regents feels this decision is best for the success and well-being of our student-athletes and member colleges at this time," stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. "There is no right answer to this challenge and situation, but as an association, we are going to support the eligibility of all our student-athletes to help them succeed in their academic and athletic careers."

Returning student-athletes will be considered 'non-counters' for letter of intent and NJCAA eligibility purposes. The NJCAA Eligibility Committee will continue to review and evaluate the impact of the blanket waiver on eligibility requirements. The NJCAA has also confirmed that they have discussed the decision with both the NCAA and NAIA, ensuring the eligibility waiver will be honored at all levels moving forward. 

"The uncertainty surrounding the pandemic has put collegiate sports in a very challenging situation," stated Troy Tucker, NJCAA Eligibility Committee Chair. "Today's decision by the Board of Regents to grant a blanket year of participation waiver provides our institutions and student-athletes with the ability to choose to participate this academic year without the fear of using a year of eligibility for a potentially shortened or interrupted season."

Current eligibility and academic requirements will still apply in order for student-athletes to compete in 2020-21 regular and postseason competition. The eligibility committee will continue to review the participation requirements for the 2021-22 academic year and reassess for adoption and approval by the NJCAA Board of Regents.

All five FSW teams will begin their seasons in late January with Volleyball, Men's & Women's Basketball, and Baseball opening the Bucs Athletics year first on January 22-23.

Stay tuned to @FSWBucs on social media or at FSWBucs.com online for more updates throughout the year.