2020-2021 COVID-19 | Modified Guidelines and Resources

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The NCHSAA Staff has been working closely with the NCHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) on these recommendations for member schools regarding activities that align with NC DHHS directives. The guidance utilizes a phased approach for NCHSAA athletes and is intended to help school administrators, coaches, parents, students, and communities navigate a gradual reopening of high school athletic activities.

The health and safety measures outlined in this plan are formed utilizing the most current CDC, DHHS, and NCHSAA information. It is recognized, however, that the information and circumstances concerning COVID-19 remain fluid and variable. Therefore, these guidelines are subject to change in conjunction with new knowledge of COVID-19 or changing social conditions.

Posted April 30, 201: FAQs for Executive Order 209

Current Guidelines - Sports Manual & Media Guide
Chronology of Phases

Phase One:

  • June 5, 2020:  The NCHSAA Board of Directors met via ZOOM to discuss the latest updates from Governor Roy Cooper and the Department of Health and Human Services, to guide member schools regarding activities.
  • June 15, 2020: The NCHSAA lifted the current Dead Period, provided each Local Education Agency (LEA) gives it's okay and permission to do so.  It is to be understood that Superintendents and local Boards of Education control when they will allow activities to resume in athletic facilities and venues.

Phase Two:

  • July 23, 2020:  The NCHSAA Board of Directors voted to provide Phase Two guidance to member schools regarding conditioning and workout activities.  Schools were encouraged to consult LEA administrators relative to local rules and regulations.
  • August 3, 2020: The NCHSAA Phase Two Guidelines become effective.
  • August 12, 2020: Release of amended 2020-2021 NCHSAA Athletic Calendar. Link to archived article and video
  • August 26, 2020: Amended guidelines distributed to membership and posted online. The purpose of the new document is to provide clarity and guidance for skill development incorporated into the Phase Two Guidelines.
  • September 8, 2020:
    • Modified Skill Development
      • a total of 25 persons in an indoor venue
      • a total of 50 persons in outdoor venues. 
    • Created Modified Sports Regulations
    • Calendar: In addition to playoff dates, the following changes were approved:
      • Increase season limitation from 10 to 14 meets for Swimming, Cross-Country, and Track & Field
      • The date for the cheerleading invitational changed from May 1, 2021, to May 22, 2021
  • October 15, 2020 (Sports Manual) & November 10, 2020 (Media Guide):
    • Media COIVD-19 Information and Guidance posted November 10, 2020
    • The Modified Sports Manual now incorporates and replaces information from all previous guidelines.  
      Specific updates include:
      • Updated health and safety guidelines, including the most recent CDC and NC DHHS information (All such updates are shaded in orange.)
      • Specific updates relative to football and lacrosse equipment shaded in orange
      • Detailed Cross Country, Swimming & Diving, and Volleyball regulations and sport-specific modifications
      • Specific spectator information is highlighted in yellow
      • Calendar and basic skill development information for all other sports
    • 2020-2021 Sports Calendar- No changes from Sept 8
COVID-19 Specific Forms and Resources
Supply Resource List