CHAPEL HILL – The dead period in which high school coaches can’t work with athletes will end on June 1, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) told members schools by e-mail on Tuesday.
The directive noted the decision was made after consulting with superintendents across the state. It said setting a date to resume workouts was necessary and important to help ensure consistency heading into the summer.
The coronavirus prevented the state prep basketball games to be played and only a few spring sports events were played.
The NCHSAA told member schools:
— During a dead period, there should be no required activities for any student-athlete.
— On campus facilities should remain closed unless also open to the general public.
— Due to liability issues, school equipment should not be available or left available to the public if unsupervised.
— Coaches are not allowed to work with students during a dead period by NCHSAA rule but virtual workouts are OK.
On June 1, summer regulations of the NCHSAA will go into effect. The regulations will neither supersede Gov. Roy Cooper’s mandates and allowance or those of a local school system.
The NCHSAA is also offering guidance about pre-participation forms (regarding physicals). It should be noted, the NCHSAA relayed, that rising freshmen would not be covered by catastrophic insurance during summer workouts.
Falls sports for the 2020-21 school year would normally start in August, but further decisions about the pandemic could alter that.