NCHSAA- No more Little 1a and Big 1a Football in 2021

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High School football is going to look entirely different come 2021.

After a 2020 season that will present its own challenges and has already been moved to the spring, don’t expect things to get back to our expected norm in the years to come.

The Board of Directors voted for a complete overhaul of the state football playoffs. Beginning next year there will no longer be any subclassifications, meaning that there will no longer be any Big 1a and Little 1a, instead there will only be the 1a classification.

Previously, there have been 8 state champions crowned in North Carolina. Two in each classification. Now the NCHSAA will only be crowning 4 state champions, as the classifications will no longer be cut in half. This mean 128 less teams in the NCHSAA state playoffs.

The board also voted to reduce the number of regular season games from 11 to 10, including an endowment game.

Realignment for the classifications will happen on December 10th.

 

NCHSAA- No more Little 1a and Big 1a Football in 2021

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High School football is going to look entirely different come 2021.

After a 2020 season that will present its own challenges and has already been moved to the spring, don’t expect things to get back to our expected norm in the years to come.

The Board of Directors voted for a complete overhaul of the state football playoffs. Beginning next year there will no longer be any subclassifications, meaning that there will no longer be any Big 1a and Little 1a, instead there will only be the 1a classification.

Previously, there have been 8 state champions crowned in North Carolina. Two in each classification. Now the NCHSAA will only be crowning 4 state champions, as the classifications will no longer be cut in half. This mean 128 less teams in the NCHSAA state playoffs.

The board also voted to reduce the number of regular season games from 11 to 10, including an endowment game.

Realignment for the classifications will happen on December 10th.

 

NCHSAA: Spectators will be required to wear masks at sporting events

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced last week some new information regarding health and safety protocols for when NCHSAA sanctioned events finally resume.

Once things ramp back up in North Carolina, spectators will be limited to 30% of venue capacity, or 100 people, whichever is less. Seven people per 1,000 Square feet will be the measurement that is used if an arenas capacity is unknown.

Events at indoor venues will be limited to 25 spectators. That does not include players, coaches or event staff.

Governor Roy Coopers executive orders and mandates are the reason that the NCHSAA has had to make these rules and regulations.

If anyone on a team or any personnel surrounding that team tests positive for COVID, anyone who was around that person and in close personal contact with then for more than fifteen minutes will be required to quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the positive individual.

For athletes and coaches/personnel to return to team activities, they must pass this checklist:

  • at least 10 days have passed since a positive test
  • no fever or use of fever-reducing medication;
  • improvement of symptoms, excluding persistent loss of taste or smell;
  • Return to Play form from a licensed health care provider

The NCHSAA will require masks to be worn at all times at contests by everyone except for the athletes that are participating in the contest that is taking place. Those expected to wear face coverings include: officials, spectators, coaches, staff, and others.

If you have attended any Georgia High School sporting events lately while the NCHSAA has been postponed, you will realize that the NCHSAA implemented a lot of rules that the GHSA is not enforcing.

NCHSAA: Athletes playing indoor sports required to wear masks

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When you enter a High School gym in North Carolina, things will look a lot different than what you have become accustomed to if you have been to sporting events in Tennessee or Georgia.

Not only will the coaches and fans be wearing masks, now the players will be wearing them too.

In an email sent out yesterday to North Carolina High School Athletic Association members, the association announced that players are required to wear face masks during practices and contests, beginning Monday.

Previously, athletes were not required to wear masks when they were actively competing or practicing.

The NCHSAA also said a student with a medical condition that would not allow them to wear a face mask during competition would need medical clearance from a licensed doctor.

Que Tucker, the NCHSAA commisioner wrote in the email:

“NCHSAA staff members have received additional reports of volleyball teams being quarantined, which we know will impact their first contests next week. Collectively we must do everything we can to mitigate against the continuing spread of COVID-19, and it is our belief that the above steps will assist those efforts.”

This decision has been a long time coming, and I would expect it to overflow into sports and activities that are not just inside.

The NCHSAA has already made it known that North Carolina High School sporting events will only be allowed 25 fans total. Most schools are only allowing home team parents.

 

NCHSAA: Spectators will be required to wear masks at sporting events

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sports postponed

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced last week some new information regarding health and safety protocols for when NCHSAA sanctioned events finally resume.

Once things ramp back up in North Carolina, spectators will be limited to 30% of venue capacity, or 100 people, whichever is less. Seven people per 1,000 Square feet will be the measurement that is used if an arenas capacity is unknown.

Events at indoor venues will be limited to 25 spectators. That does not include players, coaches or event staff.

Governor Roy Coopers executive orders and mandates are the reason that the NCHSAA has had to make these rules and regulations.

If anyone on a team or any personnel surrounding that team tests positive for COVID, anyone who was around that person and in close personal contact with then for more than fifteen minutes will be required to quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the positive individual.

For athletes and coaches/personnel to return to team activities, they must pass this checklist:

  • at least 10 days have passed since a positive test
  • no fever or use of fever-reducing medication;
  • improvement of symptoms, excluding persistent loss of taste or smell;
  • Return to Play form from a licensed health care provider

The NCHSAA will require masks to be worn at all times at contests by everyone except for the athletes that are participating in the contest that is taking place. Those expected to wear face coverings include: officials, spectators, coaches, staff, and others.

If you have attended any Georgia High School sporting events lately while the NCHSAA has been postponed, you will realize that the NCHSAA implemented a lot of rules that the GHSA is not enforcing.

NCHSAA releases offseason guidelines

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Earlier today, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association released guidelines for offseason skill development. These guidelines are eerily similar to and closely follow the previous phase 2 guidelines, while giving a little insight of what coaches can and can not do and expect of their players during the offseason.

“Any coach who promotes the idea that taking part in off-season skill development is required is blatantly out of compliance with the intent and purpose of this rule,” the guidelines say.

The objective for these guidelines as told by the NCHSAA is “To provide guidance for member schools to consider in designing return-to-activity protocols in accordance with state, county and NCHSAA regulations. It allows for a coordinated reopening following the initial stay at home orders and may also be used if conditions dictate the need for increased restrictions in the future; thus, the NCHSAA has developed a multi-phased approach.”

Some key takeaways from the release are:

  • On a given day, an athlete is limited to 90 minutes of skill development or weight training/conditioning during the academic school year calendar, inclusive of all weekends, holidays, workdays, etc. Skill development sessions are not. Sport specific sessions are not to exceed 90 minutes in duration (inclusive of warm-up, cool-down, meetings, video review, breaks, etc.).
  • Eighth graders are not permitted to participate in skill development sessions on high school campuses.
  • Contests or combined practices between member schools are prohibited during off-season skill development
  • Any individual affiliated with an NCHSAA member high school must abide by the skill development, out-of-season workout rules. If this individual also coaches a “non-school” or “club team” outside the sports season but during the school year, and has any students from the high school on that outside team, he or she cannot work with any of them during a dead period and are restricted to the maximum number allowable per sport.
  • Due to possibility of recurrent outbreaks in the coming months, administrators must be prepared for periodic school closures and the possibility of some teams having to isolate for two or more weeks while in-season. The NCHSAA will provide guidance regarding practice and/or competition during temporary school closures, the cancellation of contests during the regular season, and parameters for the cancellation or premature ending to post-season events/competitions.

Dead Periods:

1. 1st five student days of the academic school year

2. Last five student days of 1st semester

3. Last ten student days of 2nd semester

4. Additional sport season dead period will be announced by the Board of Directors

NCHSAA moves into phase 2

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Phase 2 of the reopening plan will begin on August 3rd. The new phase does not change the number of student athletes who will be allowed to practice in groups, but it does introduce some new equipment. Social distancing will still be enforced, however kids will finally be able to start practicing with balls again.

 

Some other new things that come with phase 2 are:

  • Sharing of equipment is permissible within small groups.
  • Wearing protective equipment remains prohibited.
  • Equipment must be disinfected frequently.
  • 1st Responders are not required.

 

The NCHSAA Staff has been working closely with the NCHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) on recommendations for member schools regarding summer activities that align with NC DHHS directives. The guidance utilizes a phased approach for NCHSAA athletes and is intended to help school administrators, coaches, parents, students, and communities navigate a gradual reopening of high school athletic activities.

The health and safety measures outlined in this plan were formed utilizing CDC, DHHS, and NCHSAA information at this time. It is recognized, however, that the information and circumstances concerning COVID-19 remain fluid and variable. Therefore, these guidelines are subject to change in conjunction with new knowledge of COVID-19 or changing social conditions.

Again, these guidelines do not become effective until August 3rd.

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