Following Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement on Monday afternoon that North Carolina public schools will now be closed at least through May 15, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association followed suit as expected, releasing a statement saying that there will be no high school athletics until at least May 18.
With the May 18th date being less than two weeks prior to the scheduled last day of school in Lincoln County, the chances of completing any kind of spring sports season at all are diminishing.
Monday’s release stated that the NCHSAA will spend the next few weeks weighing the future of the 2020 spring sports season, and did not rule out resuming them and even attempting to hold the eight basketball state championship games that were originally scheduled for March 14.
But it would seem that if another extension would be necessary due to Covid-19, that the spring sports season would likely be canceled.
Below is the full press release from the NCHSAA, including the statement from Commissioner Que Tucker.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – In response to Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order closing all North Carolina public schools through May 15th, North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Commissioner Que Tucker released the following statement:
“Having heard the updated information relative to schools remaining closed until the middle of May, NCHSAA interscholastic athletics will remain suspended until at least May 18.
The NCHSAA Board of Directors and staff will use the next few weeks to weigh our future decisions based on the new directions given by Governor Cooper, other government leaders, and organizations charged with public health and safety during this unprecedented time. Such decisions will include the possible resumption of spring sports’ competition and the possibility of holding the state basketball championships.
While we remain hopeful that we will be able to resume competition, particularly for our senior student-athletes, we also recognize the need to protect the health and safety of our students, coaches and the communities we serve.”