Arizona Wildcats student-athletes will begin returning to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15, starting with a group of football players, the UA announced Friday.
That is the earliest possible date they can return, according to Pac-12 guidelines. Eventually more student-athletes will return in phases on a weekly basis, with fall sports given the priority. All volleyball and soccer student-athletes are expected to report to campus by mid-July, per sources.
All student-athletes and staff members on campus will follow significantly elevated safety protocols for testing, tracing and treatment, according to a UA release.
“The phased re-entry of student-athletes is the next step in Arizona Athletics’ commitment to a safe and healthy return to campus,” said Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke. “This comprehensive plan to bring student-athletes back to campus is a collaboration between our athletics department and campus partners to develop guidelines, protocols and procedures. I want to thank President Robbins and University leadership for their guidance and vision for bringing Wildcats back to campus. There are many factors that remain beyond our control, and our athletics department will still face some uncertainty before completely reopening. However, our intent remains a return to competition.”