FAQ

The following are some of the more frequently asked questions of the NCHSAA staff members.

1. Q: If a coach or player is disqualified from a contest and it is not for one of the 7 acts listed in the ejection policy, does he/she have to sit out the next two contests?

A: No, disqualifications do not require sitting out additional games.

2. Q: I haven’t received a copy of the ejection report from the official yet. Do I wait until I receive it before I file my copy with the NCHSAA?

A: No, send the report to the NCHSAA and contact the regional supervisor.

3. Q: Can I appeal an ejection by talking with the regional supervisor and NCHSAA?

A: Only in cases of a misidentification of a player.

4. Q: If I have a player ejected for fighting, what happens? What about the coach?

A: The player must sit out the next 4 contests (2 in football) at that level and any contests in the interim and take the STAR Sportsmanship program prior to returning to play. The coach must take the NFHS Teaching and Modeling Behavior Course ($20 fee) prior to the next contest.

5. Q: Can I have open gym during a dead period?

A: No.

6. Q: Can open gym and a skill development session occur on the same day?

A: No.

7. Q: Can more than one skill development session be held on the same day in the same sport?

A: Only in the sport of basketball, which allows two 60-minute sessions with 4 different athletes in each session.

8. Q: Do the skill development/out of season workout rules apply just to head coaches?

A: No, the rules also apply to all school personnel and volunteers.

9. Q: If I am a coach at an NCHSAA member school, and also a select soccer coach, AAU basketball, coach, fall baseball league coach, freestyle wrestling coach, etc., are there any restrictions with me working with my high school team members outside the high school season?

A: Yes, the coaches must abide by the dead periods and the restricted # of athletes per sport for off-season development.

10. Q: Are there any exceptions to the required 8 separate days of practice before a football player can dress to participate in his first scrimmage or game?

A: Only athletes who play other sports and serve only as a kicker are exempt from the football conditioning requirements.

11. Q: Can the 8th practice in football be on the same day as the first scrimmage?

A: No, you must have 8 separate days of practice prior to conducting your 1st scrimmage.

12. Q: Can JV teams schedule and play a separate Endowment game?

A: No.

13. Q: Can JV teams scrimmage?

A: Yes, but can only be held in conjunction with a varsity scrimmage.

14. Q: Is 7 on 7 allowed in football during out of season workouts, during the school year? What about the summer?

A: Yes, intra-squad only during the school year. Yes, outside competition is allowed during the summer (no body-to-body contact; helmet and shoulder pads are allowed).

15. Q: What are the steps in applying for a hardship?

A: Request must be for an injury, illness, accident, and be beyond the control of the student, parent, and school personnel. Fill out the Hardship Request Form found under "School Central; Forms" on the NCHSAA website completely, and send to Rick Strunk in the NCHSAA office.

16. Q: If a varsity football game is postponed on Friday, but the JV game was played on Thursday, are all the JV players who played in the JV game, eligible to play in the rescheduled varsity game on Monday? If yes, how?

A: Only Freshmen and Sophomores are eligible by virtue of the 8-Quarter rule.

17. Q: In the 1st two rounds of the playoffs, is it the responsibility of the host school, or the NCHSAA, to secure officials?

A: The host school is responsible for the officials during the 1st two rounds of the playoffs.

18. Q: Are home-school students eligible to play at an NCHSAA member school?

A: No.

19. Q: Are NCHSAA member schools required to use NCHSAA registered officials?

A: Yes.

20. Q: What needs to be done to get approval for an athlete to wear a prescribed appliance in an athletic contest?

A: Complete the prescribed appliance form and present to the officials at the game site.

21. Q: Can a student participate at a second school in a different LEA in the same sport during the same sport season? If yes, how?

A: Yes, only in cases of a bona-fide change in residence of the parent/legal custodian. The change of schools must be contemporaneous with the change in residence.

22. Q: Can a student transfer and participate at a second school in the same LEA in t he same sport during the same sport season?

A: Yes, only in cases of a bona-fide change in residence of the parent/legal custodian. The change of schools must be contemporaneous with the change in residence.

23. Q: Are trainers required to be present at all football practices? What about other sports?

A: Yes, by law required for all football practices and games. Not required for other sports, but strongly recommended by the NCHSAA.

24. Q: In order to participate after a suspected head injury or confirmed concussion, what must happen?

A: Student must be immediately removed from the practice/contest and the school/athletic trainer/physician must follow the Gfeller-Waller Return to Play protocols. The GF-W RTP form must be completed and signed off on by a licensed M.D. or D.O. prior to returning to competition or practice.

25. Q: How can middle school students be involved with the high school program during the 185-day term?

A: They may not be involved in any way; however, the high school coach (es) may, with permission of the middle school and high school principal, work with the students at the middle school.

26. Q: The NCHSAA Felony Policy went into effect, May 7, 1998. If a student- athlete was charged with a felony Jan. 5 2012, was he/she eligible to play spring sports?

A: Yes, because it was only a felony CHARGE, not a CONVICTION. LEA may be more restrictive.

27. Q: If a student was convicted of a felony while in the 8th grade, is that student eligible to participate in high school athletics at an NCHSAA member school?

A: Yes, if conviction occurred prior to the athlete being subject to the 8- Semester rule.

28. Q: What is the attendance rule? Can attendance be "made-up"?

A: Must have been in attendance for 85% of the previous semester. Yes, if allowed by LEA written policy.

29. Q: If a senior only needs 3 classes his/her senior year to graduate and takes 2 during the fall semester, is he/she eligible to participate in athletics during the spring semester?

A: No, you must pass the minimum load the previous semester to be eligible (3 courses on the "block").

30. Q: What is the age cut-off date (turning 19 years of age) for participation in athletics in North Carolina?

A: No student may be approved for any athletic contest if his/her 19th birthday is on or before August 31st of the current school year.

31. Q: Where is the NCHSAA office located?

A: 222 Finley Golf Course Road, Chapel Hill, and NC 27515

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