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.
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
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
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
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
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)
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
Maximum of two (2) tri-meets per week
Tournaments not allowed
“Head to Head” competition only
Teams are limited to participating athletes
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