Make USAU relax the Academic Eligibility rules due to COVID 19

Make USAU relax the Academic Eligibility rules due to COVID 19

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Spencer Weiss started this petition to USA Ultimate

There is another petition already created that has a similar goal to this one, shown here

This petition expands on that previous petition to include changes to academic eligibility and not just participation eligibility. This petition asks USAU to allow Ultimate athletes to play for the university they graduated from for one year after their graduation due to losing the opportunity to play in the 2020 season. These eligibility changes would apply to all current college athletes who have been affected by COVID-19.

As members of the ultimate community we are aware that, unfortunately, our sport is not as popular to the general public as other major sports like basketball or football. Because of this, colleges do not typically offer scholarships to Ultimate athletes. While changing the participation eligibility rules is the first step, I believe that it is not enough. There are many Ultimate athletes who are on pace to graduate who do not have plans/access to Graduate school immeadiately after undergrad and it would be unfeasible, financially and academically, for them to delay their undergrad graduation just so that they can stay in college and play for their college Ultimate Frisbee team. However, if these changes were put in place, these athletes would be given another year to play for a team that they have a built close bond with and many seniors would be able to get some closure to their college ultimate frisbee career rather than having it end abruptly. 

As stated by Logan Edwards in his petition: "The ultimate frisbee community is a tight knit one built on kindness and empowerment. Let’s give our community something positive to look forward to during these trying times."

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