Yesterday the NFL and NFLPA agreed on allowing teams to hold virtual OTA’s (Organized Team Activities) beginning on Monday, April 20th. Teams with new head coaches are allowed to begin on April 20th with returning coaches to begin on April 27th. Meaning the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers would begin on April 27th.
The NFLPA released the following tweet to make the annoucement:
𝘝𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 offseason coming soon… pic.twitter.com/ql68VgQqVu
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 13, 2020
It is reported that teams can hold virtual classroom meetings and activities as long as video conferencing applications such as Skype are used. The virtual period is slated to begin next Monday for all teams, but no on-field activities are scheduled until all 32 teams facilities are cleared to be open. Each team would essentially get 3 full weeks of virtual OTA’s with voluntary hours for new coaches. The OTA’s will include classroom instruction, workouts, and other non-football related programs.
The NLF/NFLPA also reported that teams are allowed to send players the needed training equipment such as monitoring devices, gym weights, etc in order to keep up. A rule was set that no equipment amounts for just one player should exceed $1,500.
All NFL activities must end on June 26 with the (hopeful) season start for September 10, 2020.