NCHSAA adjusts fall championship schedule after impact of Florence

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As communities across much of North Carolina continue to clean up after Hurricane Florence, many people are wondering what will happen to the high school sports schedule.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors and Commissioner Que Tucker have decided to adjust the playoff calendar for fall sports.

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“The complexity of adjusting dates for playoff rounds and state championships in fall sports are difficult even in the best of times; however, we must do everything in our power to do what is best for the students who participate in our programs across the state,” Tucker said in a news release. “Minimizing risk of injury while providing a wholesome athletic environment that supports and enriches the educational experience for our student-athletes must always be paramount in our decision making.”

What’s still not clear is how the NCHSAA will handle the multiple games some teams missed. So far many teams have already missed two weeks of their schedule with a third coming this week. Brunswick County Schools announced yesterday the district will be closed another week through Oct. 5.

Please see below a list of changes by sport:

Women’s Golf
Reporting Deadline: October 10, 9 p.m. (changed from 3 p.m.)
Regional Championships: October 15 (no change)
State Championships: October 22-23 (no change)
Cross Country
Reporting Deadline: October 19, 9 p.m. (changed from 3 p.m.)
Regional Championships: October 27 (no change)
State Championships: November 3 (no change)
Women’s Tennis
Individual Regional Championships: October 19-20 (no change)
Individual State Championships: October 26-27 (no change)
Dual-Team reporting deadline: October 15 (no change)
Dual-Team State Championships: November 3 (no change)
Volleyball
Prior to 11:59 p.m., October 20, teams affected by the hurricane are permitted to exceed the weekly limitation—maximum of five (5) matches per week; however, daily limitations remain unchanged
Seeding: October 22 (changed from October 18)
First Round: October 23
Second Round: October 25
Third Round: October 27
Fourth Round: October 30
Semifinals: November 1
State Championship: November 3 (no change)
Men’s Soccer
Seeding: October 31 (changed from October 29)
First Round: November 3
Second Round: November 6
Third Round: November 8
Fourth Round: November 10
Regionals: November 13
State Championship: November 17 (no change)
Football
Last Regular Season Play date:  November 9 (changed from November 2)
Seeding: November 10 (changed from November 3)
First Round: November 16
Second Round: November 23
Third Round: November 30
Regionals: December 7
State Championships: December 14-15 (changed from December 8)
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