NCHSAA: Board adds state girls’ wrestling championships

Five Quarter rule adopted, will give

more playing opportunities in basketball



CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) announced Wednesday it will add girls’ wrestling championships in 2023-2024.

In the first NCHSAA board meeting since a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with the State Board of Education, the organization’s board took these actions:

  • Sanctioned addition of girls’ wrestling.
  • Sanctioned creating a 4A classification for girls’ lacrosse starting in 2023-2024.
  • Approved a Five Quarter Rule for basketball that allows students to participate in five quarters of play in a single day. The move was to promote and sustain junior varsity programs across the state.
  • Approved a five percent distribution from interest earned on the NCHSAA’s General Endowment Fund to member schools, including a 5.05 percent distribution from the Education/Health and Safety Endowment Fund (at last report, the General Endowment Fund had about $26 million and the NCHSAA was reported to have at least $41 million in assets).
  • Approved membership fees remaining at $1 per pupil for 2022-2023. The board eliminated a $100 administrative fee for all member schools, effective 2022-2023.
  • Revised the NCHSAA’s revenue share to 20 percent for all fourth round contests in all team and bracketed sports. Under the MOU, the Association will receive its share in all rounds from the net revenues of all playoff and championships, rather than the gross receipts.

In a press release, NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker said; “Today has been a landmark meeting for the NCHSAA, on many fronts. As we celebrate the 50th year since the passage of Title IX, our board was able to sanction…” girls’ wrestling and add a new championship classification in girls’ lacrosse.

“We are proud to provide new opportunities for (girls) to participate in education-based athletic programs and are excited to see the many ways that these new programs will benefit the student experience in our state.”

The MOU developed after the state legislature investigated the NCHSAA and launched House Bill 91, which was eventually watered down from its initial intent of disbanding the NCHSAA.

The state board of education now monitors, through the MOU, many of the NCHSAA’s activities. The state board does not allow the NCHSAA to continue to issue monetary fines to schools.

Had the MOU not been signed, House Bill 91 would have instructed the State Board of Education to appoint another organization or group to administrate and oversee high school athletic in the state.


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