By CHRIS HOBBS
CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) extended its dead period for student-athletes to June 15.
The previous dead period, caused by Covid-19, was projected to end on June 1.
In a Zoom press conference on Tuesday with the media, NCHSAA Executive Director Que Tucker said the association is working with other state organizations to meet guidelines set by Governor Roy Cooper.
Some of her comments are available below by links.
She did not give any detailed specifics or project any dates student-athletes might be able to return to workouts, but said the hope would be that athletes in all sports would re-start on the same future date.
She also said many things would have to be worked on for the NCHSAA to consider letting the varsity football season begin.
Currently, Tucker said, no contact regulations would prevent wrestling to begin.
Reacting to some speculation that baseball could be played in the fall and football in the spring, Tucker said there are no NCHSAA by-laws that would need to be amended to do so. But she said consideration of something like that would be a last consideration.
TUCKER’S OPENING COMMENTS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWUqRPquyEI
TUCKER’S CLOSING STATEMENTS (via NCPreps.com): https://ncpreps.rivals.com/news/video-nchsaa-s-que-tucker-media-presser-dead-period-extended-to-june-15
MORE COVERAGE (Asheville Citizen Times): https://www.citizen-times.com/story/sports/high-school/hshuddle/2020/05/26/live-updates-n-c-high-school-athletic-association-news-conference/5261410002/