NCHSAA: Sports delayed until at least Sept. 1     

By on July 15, 2020

(N.C. High School Athletic Association)                                                                                    

One day after Governor Roy Cooper announced that the basic plan for re-opening schools would involve a hybrid or some in-person and some remote learning, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) announced that its board had approved the following rule and calendar change.

  • 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.

In a statement, Commissioner Que Tucker said that, “For now, we believe these steps provide hope for our student-athletes, and the possibility for playing fall sports 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.”

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