CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia athletics department announced today (June 26) that student-athletes from the Cavalier football team may return to Grounds starting Sunday, July 5, should they choose to participate in a voluntary workout period.

The organized return of student-athletes for training at Virginia meets current state and federal gating criteria and the NCAA Resocialization of Sports Plan. Student-athletes will progress through a detailed process for their well-being, safety and the ongoing health of other student-athletes and staff.

Protocols and plans for student-athletes return have been coordinated through the UVA Health System, which has collaborated with officials at the local, state and national levels.

Prior to resumption of daily sports functions, all student-athletes and staff will receive COVID-19 specific education through a variety of print and video media, utilizing CDC and NCAA resources.

The UVA Health System will administer and coordinate testing of student-athletes and staff. It is required to report positive tests or cases to the Thomas Jefferson Health District of the Virginia Department of Health and to report all testing results to the athletics program’s team physicians. ​

UVA’s summer and preseason dates are based on its season-opening game against Georgia on Monday, Sept. 7 in Atlanta, and the schedule guidelines approved by the NCAA Division I Council this week.

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)

As Virginia prepares for the 2020 football season, the athletics department is considering various contingency scenarios to accommodate fans. UVA Football season tickets remain on sale. As more information regarding seating capacity at Scott Stadium becomes available this summer, it will be communicated to ticket holders and supporters.