The rigors of being a student-athlete, regardless of the sport, aren’t easy. Between practices, games, traveling and maintaining academics, student-athletes don’t have much free time.
The Power Five conference commissioners have recognized this, and have reached an agreement to help student-athletes have more time away from sports during the season.
The “Flex 21” plan is designed to give student-athletes 21 extra days off to help them better balance sports, academics and campus life. It is also customizable and can be tailored to a variety of sports schedules.
“We believe we have found the right balance between helping students participate in sports while also providing them with more down time,” the commissioners of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC said in a joint statement. “Different sports have different demands and we think the concepts we’ve agreed to will help tens of thousands of students achieve more balance as they pursue their academic and athletic commitments.”
Here are some highlights of the “Flex 21” plan:
- During the season, teams will be required to give student-athletes at least one day off per week from sports-related activities. The plan will give athletes at least 14 days off during the academic year.
- Student-athletes will get at least seven days off following the conclusion of their respective seasons.
- An overnight policy also stipulates an eight-hour window of free time between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. For example, if a team has a practice at 5:30 a.m., then all sports activities must be wrapped up by