On the heels of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement to reopen schools, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and its board of directors announced early Wednesday afternoon that the start of the Fall 2020 sports season has been delayed.

Right now, the decision is to delay the start of NCHSAA fall sports until at least Sept. 1. But Que Tucker, the NCHSAA commissioner stated that deleted start date is not “in cement.”

She also said that date could be delayed further if the association does not have improved data from the Department of Health and Human Services, or some other reason exists for delaying further into September or beyond.

“For now, we believe these steps provide hope for our student athletes, and the possibility for playing fall sports. We know that many decisions are being made relative to the reopening plan your school(s) will follow,” Tucker said in a statement to the media on Wednesday. “After each LEA has had an opportunity to formalize and finalize those reopening plans, the NCHSAA Staff will survey the membership to determine how sports should and/or can fit into the various models that will exist across the state.”

The first day of fall practice was scheduled for Aug. 1 with the first regular season contests slated for Aug. 17 for all the fall sports, except football (their first regular season games were slated for Aug. 21).

Other announcements made on Wednesday:

· The first five (5) student days of the 2020-2021 school year will be designated as a “dead period” for ALL sports, allowing school staff to focus on the start of school.

·NCHSAA Phase One of the summer conditioning and workouts will continue until further notice.

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