Tobacco, Alcohol and Controlled Substances

Tobacco Products, Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association emphatically opposes the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs by student-athletes, coaches (including volunteer coaches) and officials.  Participants, coaches and other team representatives and officials, including chain crew, official scorers and timers, should not use any tobacco product, alcoholic beverage or controlled substance at a game site; violation of the policy will result in disqualification from the contest.

Member schools are encouraged to make all school property, vehicles including charter buses used by participants, and particularly game sites, tobacco-free and alcohol-free zones. They are also encouraged to cooperate fully with police agencies in the enforcement of the criminal laws prohibiting the sale or use of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, and controlled substances to minors.

In order to minimize health and safety risks to North Carolina’s student athletes, maintain ethical standards as well as reduce liability risks, school personnel and coaches should never knowingly supply, recommend or permit the use of any drug, medication or food supplement solely for performance enhancing purposes.