High School Athletic Association provides modified regulations

The following modified sports regulations were provided earlier this month by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. This list provides guidance on some of the specific COVID-19 modifications and changes that the NCHSAA is undertaking as they prepare to welcome high school sports back in November. 

The following modified sports regulations were provided earlier this month by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. This list provides guidance on some of the specific COVID-19 modifications and changes that the NCHSAA is undertaking as they prepare to welcome high school sports back in November. 

Dead Periods  

There will be a 3-day dead period for all out-of-season sports beginning the first day of each season/tryout period. 

The last five (5) student days of the 1st semester and the last ten (10) student days of 2nd semester remain in place. Note: NCHSAA rules allow in-season sports to continue. 

Team & Individual Sport Scrimmages

The current NCHSAA Handbook policy regarding pre-season scrimmages in all sports remain in place. The following are exceptions: 

—-Multi-team (more than 2 teams) scrimmages are not allowed at any time. 

—-Only two (2) teams allowed on site at any given time per sport. 

—-All Sports - Maximum of one (1) scrimmage, limited to two (2) hours). 

Contest Season Limitation Adjustment (from originally approved allowances) 

Season limitation increased to 14 meets in Swimming, Cross-Country, and Track & Field 

Weekly Limitation Adjustment 

One (1) weather-related postponed contest may be played in a week that will not count towards weekly limitation i. To exceed the weekly limitation, any other postponements due to extenuating circumstances must be approved by the NCHSAA. Note: Per handbook policies, daily limitations are in effect 

Conference Tournament Procedures 

Individual Sports - One (1) conference tournament/meet that does not count toward season/weekly limitation, allowing all conference member schools to compete. Number of participants per sport TBD. 

Team Sports - A conference tournament/meet may be conducted in accordance with all weekly and seasonal limitations Note: If a conference tournament is held, the two (2) teams that advance to the conference tournament championship contest will be allowed one (1) additional contest that is not subject to the weekly/seasonal limitations 

Team Sport Playoffs

Conference Requirement. In order to be eligible for a team sport playoff berth, all schools must fully participate in conference competition as determined by each individual conference. All team sport playoffs will be 32-team brackets. Football will be subdivided into two 16-team brackets for each classification 

Automatic Qualification Process (based on number conference teams participating in the sport) Conference teams will qualify into the playoffs as follows: 

1-6 Teams in the Conference = 1 Automatic Berth 

2. 7-8 Teams in the Conference = 2 Automatic Berths 

3. 9+ Teams in the Conference = 3 Automatic Berths 

Wildcards - Conference winning percentage will determine wildcard spots/teams. Bracketing - Predetermined brackets will be used for the playoffs in an effort to minimize travel for qualifying teams 

Note: Split conferences based on its half of the split 

Note: Will utilize previous methods that have been in place for wrestling and tennis, i.e. no “leap-frogging” rule 

Note: Will utilize previous methods that have been in place for wrestling and tennis, i.e. no “leap-frogging” rule (exception: lacrosse) 

Regular Season Regulations for Individual Sports

Cross-Country 

Maximum of four (4) schools per contest 

Four (4) schools per contest - teams are limited to seven (7) individuals 

Three (3) schools per contest - teams are limited to nine (9) individuals 

Two (2) schools per contest - teams are limited to fourteen (14) individuals 

Golf

Boys and girls are allowed to practice together 

Triple Bogey Rule 

Dual Match: Teams are limited to five (5) individuals 

Tri-Match: Max of 15 boys and 15 girls total 

Quad-Match: Max of 20 boys and 20 girls total 

Swimming & Diving 

Virtual Meets allowed 1. Must compete against another school during the same week. Exhibition heats are allowed 

In-Person Meets 

1. Dual Meets a. Limited to participating athletes + one (1) alternate per relay 

2. Tri-Meets: Max 30 boys total and 30 girls total 

3. Exhibition heats are not allowed 

Tennis 

Boys and girls are allowed to practice simultaneously when both seasons overlap 

Maximum of two (2) teams per contest 

Teams are limited to participating athletes (plus 2 alternates if only 6 competing) 

Playoffs 

Individual Regional and State Tournament Only; Dual Team Championships will not be conducted this year 

Track & Field 

Maximum of four (4) schools per contest 

Teams are limited to participating athletes + one (1) alternate per relay 

Wrestling 

Maximum of two (2) tri-meets per week 

Tournaments not allowed 

“Head to Head” competition only 

Teams are limited to participating athletes 

Playoffs 

Individual Regional and State Tournament only; Dual Team Championships will not be conducted this year a. Wrestle backs will not be allowed in regional and state championship tournaments