NCHSAA releases Phase 2 of summer guidelines

Local districts hold final decision

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CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Tuesday released Phase Two guidance to member schools regarding summer conditioning and workout activities, which go into effect Aug. 3.

The NCHSAA Board of Directors came to the decision via vote last week, ultimately requiring each school to consult with its respective district administrators for a possible return to organized activities. 

Local Education Agencies (LEA) from Harnett, Sampson and Johnston have all postponed high school workouts indefinitely, citing the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Roy Cooper extended the “Safer at Home” Phase Two of his reopening plan until Aug. 7, and some districts have hinted that if Cooper were to move the state into Phase 3, that could sway them to revisit their respective sports suspensions. 

Some of the highlights of the new Phase Two guidelines are: 

  • Sharing of equipment is permissible within small groups or pods.
  • Wearing protective equipment remains prohibited.
  • Equipment must be disinfected frequently, and it requires disinfecting prior to use by another pod.
  • LAT’s and/or first responders are not required, however, they should always be included when possible.

The NCHSAA  says that schools that have yet to begin Phase One of the organization's summer guidelines are "strongly encouraged to ensure a gradual return to activities, considering the condition of students who may have been physically inactive this summer."

The complete set of summer guidelines can be viewed here

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