NCHSAA to postpone fall sports again, date to be determined

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– The NC High School Athletic Association has informed its members that the fall 2020 sports season will be postponed again due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the new date has not yet been determined.

In an email to members, the NCHSAA said its board and several committees will work on a solution over the coming weeks. The NCHSAA hopes to make an announcement by August 17th.

“We want to play sports in this next school year and we plan to do so; however, the health and safety of all participants, including coaches and other essential staff, will be a priority as decisions and plans are made, ”the email told me.

The decision to postpone the season for the second time comes after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that the state’s reopening would remain on hold in Phase 2 for at least five weeks, until 11 September.

In July, the NCHSAA postponed the official start of fall sports training and trials to September 1, but noted that the date could change again.

Sports and games have been suspended since March 13, but the NCHSAA allowed schools to resume limited optional workouts on June 15, provided the school district has given permission. On Wednesday, for the first time since the sports suspension in March, the majority of NCHSAA member schools had resumed training. 51% of schools have resumed their training, 48% are suspended and data is missing for 1%.

The NCHSAA entered Phase 2 of its plan to reopen on Monday, which allowed schools participating in practice sessions to start using shared equipment. However, this has not increased the number of student-athletes who can participate.

It’s a developing story and HighSchoolOT will have more information soon. This story will be updated.

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