The start of the high school sports season is being delayed once again.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association informed its member schools in an email on Thursday that the sports season will be delayed, following Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement on Wednesday that the state will remain in Phase Two until at least Sept. 11.
That date is almost two weeks past the NCHSAA’s tentative fall sports start date of Sept. 1, which the association announced in July. That date will be amended in the future. The NCHSAA’s board of directors said that it hopes to reach a decision by Aug. 17.
“At his press conference on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper and his health team extended Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan until at least September 11. Unfortunately, this announcement means that the start of sports for the 2020-2021 school year will be delayed beyond September 1 for NCHSAA member schools,” the NCHSAA said in an email to member schools.
“We want to play sports during this upcoming school year and are making plans to do so; however, the health and safety of all participants, including coaches and other essential staff, will be a priority as decisions and plans are made,” the email continued.
The NCHSAA is currently allowing teams to participate in workouts, and as of Monday has allowed the use of equipment sharing.