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Formal Start to Basketball practice?


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Over the years, the rules concerning the official start of basketball practice have changed.  Question: Has UAlbany basketball teams started official practice?  If not, when can they start?  After thought: Will there be a Purple - Gold event?

Reason for asking: I have seen TV coverage of Siena's basketball teams in practice.

NEWS FLASH:  Chris Gibson, President of Siena College, has announced 8 additional steps and actions to prevent the further spread COVID-19 on campus including "intramural/recreational activities will be conducted virtually".  Does this include their basketball teams? Do not know...

A few on this site have expressed the need for normal team training (understandable) however; with all the breaking news its hard to know what is right thing to do.

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This ain't your 20th century NCAA's. Most student athletes are on campus 11-12 months of the year (and I suspect true even in later 20th.) They practice year round, take extra classes off season so easier to compete in-season, are in the weight and conditioning rooms, undergoing physical therapies and nursing injuries, and more. There is a spring football season and fall ball for lacrosse for a reason. College sports is a full time job. Spring sports especially (due to weather) barely have enough days to compete; yet alone prepare. A pitcher in MLB needs a minimum 45 days to prepare. College baseball no different and even more problematic; since they don"t have all summer and most of the fall to actually compete. Track, tennis and other spring sports have the same/similar issues. Winter sports and other indoor competitions have a little more flexibility; but also need/are on campus 10-12 months a year.

My point Benson and company need to lift practice restrictions NOW. I am NOT saying ignore covid and social distancing. Find a way to make it work!  Most  college and high schools across the country have. Professional sports and as cw said even LCC has made it work. What the H∑££ is the matter with UA?????????

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Why are all individual or small group workOuts not allowed if athletes are not testing positive?

HS in section 2 are competing now in sports like soccer and  Field Hockey So what’s the matter with UA having at least structured work outs?

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1 hour ago, statefan said:

I thought NCAA directed that practice could not begin until October 14 at the earliest and with a great deal of regulations and precautions.  Am I wrong?

 

This view is similar to my previous understanding while individual workouts and training are "year round".

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4 hours ago, statefan said:

I thought NCAA directed that practice could not begin until October 14 at the earliest and with a great deal of regulations and precautions.  Am I wrong?

 

I believe the 10/14 date refers to full team practices--full compliment of coaches. Even prior to covid, teams in all sports allowed to begin FULL practice @ some specified date specific to each particular sport. Some sports like football & lacrosse have FULL practices fall & spring. But all sports allowed to have modified practices with various restrictions and # of participating players & coaches allowed. Never been able to figure who & what can practice when & for how long with how many.

But @ UA right now; whatever IS allowed is NOT being allowed; due to Benson's mandated covid  "PENALTIES." He universally applied restrictions  to all athletes in all sports; even though the numbers of offending parties was small and the % of positive cases overall within NCAA guidelines. As I said before, time {PAST TIME} to get sports up and running. With restrictions, testing , masks and social distancing guidelines in place of course.

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11 hours ago, alum73 said:

Not so sure that was Benson's mandate.

If not Benson's than WHO?  He is the man at the top. It was his announcement and IMHO his decision. Even if a committee involved, he has/had the ultimate say. If you are thinking the indefinite suspension came down from President Rodriguez, I humbly disagree. IMHO it is NOT his style to dictate. He certainly was involved and said the parties must stop; but I 100% do not believe President Rodriguez dictated a complete indefinite shut down and ordered Benson to punish ALL athletes for the digressions of a very few. It is simply NOT the way President Rodriquez works! And IMHO, it is typical of Benson's take the easy way out approach.

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17 hours ago, alum73 said:

You think the Athletic Director is the top?  Surely you can't be serious.  I'll wait for the Airplane replies.

You are certainly welcome to your opinion. Just asking who do you think:  dictated a complete indefinite shut down and ordered Benson to punish ALL athletes for the digressions of a very few???????????  And who if not Benson, can open practices?

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3 hours ago, tnehurley said:

This video of strength and conditioning training was posted today on the men’s basketball Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/ualbanymbb/status/1313151533102575616?s=21

 

Also can be found on Instagram .......

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