Commissioner gives updates, but COVID-19 still impacting all high school sports
By CHRIS HOBBS
CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) can’t yet say when high school athletes will be able to play games this fall.
In a Zoom session with the media that began at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker said the organization can’t nail down a definitive plan until Gov. Roy Cooper announces when and how schools will reopen.
She also said if schools do not reopen with students attending, sports may not be able to return.
The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out most of the springs sports season — including the state playoffs — and other restrictions and guidelines have followed.
Schools were allowed to start workouts in mid-June if their local school systems approved but many of them delayed and began on Monday.
The question of starting practices on the usual Aug. 1 date and playing the first football games as scheduled on Aug. 21 remains up in the air.
Said Tucker: “We know everyone wants a decision whether or not will fall sports start on time…
Friday night lights be on in our state, starting in August or September.
“We simply cannot give you that answer at this time.”
Tucker also said she did not know where speculation about moving baseball and other sports to the fall and football to spring originated but there’s no plan to do that.