Ultiworld Slack Debates: Should Fifth Years Get Extended Eligibility?

Does the coronavirus shutdown warrant an extension?

Pittsburgh's Michael Ing. Photo: William 'Brody' Brotman -- UltiPhotos.com
Pittsburgh’s Michael Ing could take a sixth year if USAU approves an eligibility extension. Photo: William ‘Brody’ Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

We at Ultiworld are always up for a good natured debate, which typically takes place in our Slack platform, where all of our contributors have a chance to weigh in and share their thoughts. Now, we’ve decided to pull back the curtain on some of those debates as a bonus for our subscribers. We sometimes share lightly edited versions of our internal Slack Debates related to timely news.

USA Ultimate has halted all sanctioned play through at least May 10th due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. That means that Sectionals and Regionals are cancelled, and the status of the College Championships is uncertain at best.

Many players have been asking about the possibility of USAU extending eligibility one season for players currently in their final year of eligibility, given the abrupt and early conclusion to their college careers. The organization has said that they will discuss the issue and make a decision, and even tweeted today that conversations have started.

Elsewhere in college sports, the NCAA has said that it will likely extend eligibility for spring sports athletes, but not winter ones.

We debated this week — with a very even split of people on each side — the following question:

Should USA Ultimate extend eligibility for players in their final year of eligibility, and, if so, how?

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