Chapel Hill, North Carolina — The NC High School Athletic Association has notified its members that due to the continued prevalence of coronavirus, it will postpone the start of the autumn sports season until at least September 1.
The decision has been voted and passed by the NCHSAA Board of Directors. Initially, the fall sports start date was set to August 1.
In addition to postponing the start date of the autumn sports, the first five days of the school year will be designated as the stagnation period for all sports (including autumn sports), so that the school can focus on the beginning of the school year.
The first phase of NCHSAA summer air conditioning training will continue until further notice.
NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker wrote: “At present, we think these steps are bringing hope to our student athletes and to participating in the fall sports. We know that there are many decisions related to your school’s reopening plan.” In the email sent to members.
Tucker said that after each school district has the opportunity to complete the reopening plan, NCHSAA will conduct a survey of members to understand which sports they support to resume sports.
Tucker wrote: “Please understand that the start date of this postponement is not’fixed’. If we do not have improved data from DHHS, or there are some other reasons to postpone it further to September or later, you can postpone it further.”
Tucker also said that before there was no vaccine, participating in certain games would have “more problems” than others. However, Tucker said that the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee believes that “we can and should provide a sports plan and make all necessary modifications, delays, etc.”
Tucker said: “In the next few weeks, we will continue to work with SMAC to plan the next step for the fall and determine when the equipment can be shared.”
This is a developing story, more information will be released soon.