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Virginia Football announces its return to practice

Working with local, state, and national officials, Virginia hopes to create a safe environment for players and staff.

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Virginia Football is ready to get back into action.

Well, almost. And with any luck, safely.

The Virginia Cavaliers announced on Friday that team activities would start up again on Sunday, July 5 on Grounds, beginning with voluntary workouts. The required team activities won’t pick up until July 15, although it’s possible that a number of players will simply opt not to play this year.

The school says they’re following local, state, and national guidelines and are working with officials at all three levels to try to create a safe environment where players can practice while limiting their potential exposure.

They’ve also met the reopening considerations set forth in the NCAA’s Resocialization of College Sport: Action Plan Considerations document. Before returning on Grounds to team activities, players and staff will receive some COVID-19 print and video education, and they’ll be undergoing regular testing.

Earlier this month, Clemson football had returned to practice. Per ESPN, within two weeks, 21 players and 2 members of staff all tested positive for the virus.

The team is still planning for their season opener against Georgia on Monday, September 7 in Atlanta. Here’s what team practices look like:

  • July 5-14 – Voluntary activity
  • July 15-25 – Required activity (up to eight hours per week of weight training, conditioning, film review)
  • July 26-Aug. 8 – Required activity (up to 20 hours per week of activity include walk-thru sessions)
  • Aug. 9 – Fall training camp opens (a five-day acclimatization period, followed by the opportunity for up to 25 on-field practices)

The school has yet to announce any decisions regarding seating capacity at Scott Stadium in the fall.