Move will now allow balls to be used in
workouts; no date yet for return of playing events
By CHRIS HOBBS
CHAPEL HILL – Phase Two of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) guidance for schools about summer conditioning and workouts begins on Monday.
The NCHSAA Board of Directions voted on July 23 to invoke Phase Two and told schools to consult with their local education administrators for specific rules and regulations.
Local school systems across the state will make individual decisions about when to resume athletics.
Traditionally, prep football practices have started on Aug. 1; this year’s opening football playing date was set for Aug. 17.
Highlights of moving from Phase One to Phase Two in a battle with COVID-19 include:
— Sharing of equipment is OKed with small groups/pods.
— Wearing protective equipment remains prohibited.
— Equipment must be disinfected frequently and it is required to disinfect prior to use by another pod.
— LATs/First Responders are not required but should be included whenever possible.
The NCHSAA issued these instructions to coaches:
— Coaches of schools that have not participated in Phase One are strongly encouraged to ensure a gradual return to activities, considering the conditions of students who may have been physically inactive this summer.
— Due to extreme heat and humidity, schools are required to follow requirements as listed on Page 39 of the NCHSAA handbook, and they must also follow locations instructions about heat and humidity and workouts.
— Per NCHSAA policy, participation in summer workouts/activities can’t be required.
The NCHSAA is working with schools and state officials on if – or when – athletics may return.
Since Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement about school re-openings, a majority of schools systems in the state have selected Plan C (all remote learning), and others anticipate using Plan B (two days of at-school learning and three days of virtual learning).
MORE COVERAGE (Asheville Citizen-Times): https://www.citizen-times.com/story/sports/high-school/hshuddle/2020/07/28/nchsaa-moves-phase-2/5525791002/
NCHSAA SUMMER GUIDELINES: https://www.nchsaa.org/news/2020-7-28/nchsaa-summer-guide-reopening-sportsactivities