NCHSAA delays fall sports September 1

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has delayed the start of the fall sports season until Sept. 1 due to COVID-19.

Governor Cooper announced Tuesday the reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year and will allow K-12 public schools to reopen in August with limited in-person capacity due to COVID-19.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) approved the following rule and calendar changes in response:

The start of NCHSAA fall sports is delayed until at least September 1;

The first five student days of the 2020-2021 school year will be designated as a “dead period” for all sports, allowing school staff to focus on the start of school;

NCHSAA Phase One of the summer conditioning and workouts will continue until further notice.

“For now, we believe these steps provide hope for our student athletes, and the possibility for playing fall sports, said Commissioner Que Tucker. “We know that many decisions are being made relative to the reopening plan your school(s) will follow.  After each LEA has had an opportunity to formalize and finalize those reopening plans, the NCHSAA Staff will survey the membership to determine how sports should and/or can fit into the various models that will exist across the state.  Please understand this delayed start date is not “in cement” and can be delayed even further if we do not have improved data from DHHS, or some other reason exists for delaying further into September or beyond.

“We acknowledge that playing certain sports are more problematic at any time without a vaccine; however, we remain in consultation with our Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) members, and they believe we can and should offer a sports program, with all necessary modifications, delays, etc.  In the coming weeks, we will continue working with the SMAC as we plan our next steps for the fall, as well as determining when equipment could be shared—i.e. balls— and/or if we can move into Phase 2 of the summer workouts/conditioning.”

Photo of Pinecrest High School Coach Chris Metzger captured by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.

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