NCHSAA extends dead period to June 15th, eyeing return of sports

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY)–High School athletes across the state of North Carolina have been out of sports for nearly two months now with the covid-19 outbreak. On Tuesday, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association released information on when those athletes may get to resume activities.

In a virtual press conference the NCHSAA announced that it has extended its athletic dead period until June 15th due to the safety concerns with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This means state mandated sports on the high school level cannot take place in any fashion before that time.

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The original dead period was scheduled to end on June 1st. NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker says if things progress, they would like to get all athletes back to training sometime this summer.

“The idea would be that we would allow opportunities for all athletes to get out and begin conditioning when that day comes,”says Tucker. “This would obviously be within the guidelines that have been presented and then those guidelines that we are currently working on.”

The state says they’re still in phase one of their coronavirus plan and hope to have more information on resuming activities in the coming weeks. June 15th would be the earliest date for athletes to resume training.