The dead period for North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) sports has been extended to June 15 from its previous June 1 deadline.
The good news is that the NCHSAA is moving forward with making preparations for the return of high school sports.
The NCHSAA Board of Directors voted Monday night to extend the dead period until June 15.
“We hope to return in mid-June,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker in a Tuesday afternoon virtual press conference. “But we know things can change rapidly.”
Tucker said that it is the hope that all fall sports — including football — would resume at the same time.
Tucker indicated that workouts would be different, but conditioning could at least begin for football.
She said if it gets to June 15 and it looks like the NCHSAA could proceed that “all sports would resume some type of activity.”
The effort to resume high school sports will be based on the decisions of Gov. Roy Cooper based on the numbers provided by the CDC and the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
There is also local autonomy, with individual school superintendents and Boards of Education able to implement more stringent requirements than those supplied by the NCHSAA.
The NCHSAA requirements will be based on phased in guidelines provided by the NCDHHS and the National Federation of State High School Association.
Both DHHS and the NFSHSA released guidelines on allowing high school sports to resume under certain conditions such as social distancing.
“We would allow all athletes to begin conditioning within the guidelines presented (by the NCHSAA),” Tucker said of fall sports.