By Outer Banks Voice on August 12, 2020
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) announced today that its board approved an amended sports calendar for the 2020-2021 school year during a special Zoom meeting on Aug, 11 — noting in its statement that the proposed schedule is contingent on “COVID-19 conditions improving” in the state.
And among other things, it’s looking like football in the spring, with the calendar showing the season starting on Feb. 26 and running through April 9.
In its Aug. 12 statement, the NCHSAA said that, “There is still much work to be done on the details of implementing athletic programs and contests during this pandemic, but we thank these committees and individuals for their hard work to bring us to this point. We recognize that this is a lot of information to digest and drastically different from the way the sport calendar has been aligned for years in North Carolina.
It is the belief of the Board of Directors and our staff that this calendar provides us the greatest chance of providing interscholastic athletic opportunities to the students of the NCHSAA for the 2020-2021 academic year. We believe that this is the best path forward to a safe return to the field.
There is still much work to be done in regard to playoff formats, COVID-19 related rules modifications for numerous sports, securing potential playoff facilities and providing the safest possible regular season opportunities for student athletes.
For many young people, the void left without sports is filled with anxiety, depression, and despair. While the consequences of not participating may be more difficult to quantify than the risks of COVID 19 infection, we recognize these consequences of NOT participating are real and they are grave.
With this in mind, we feel it is crucial to provide some good news and a plan for NCHSAA member schools to resume athletics. Accordingly, and with guidance from the CDC, the NC DHHS, and from our SMAC, we look forward to providing a path to participation in the 2020-2021 academic year.”
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