RALEIGH — Board members of the North Carolina Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation engaged in prolonged discussions in regards to the Affiliation’s ongoing talks with the State Board of Training, the standing of the NCHSAA Endowment, and the Affiliation’s annual price range. The Board took motion on many objects throughout its annual winter assembly. Highlights are as follows:
The board authorized the 2021-2022 price range, which incorporates an estimated $1.2 million shortfall. That is the second straight 12 months experiencing a destructive annual working price range, impacting operational and program reserves. The Board felt the Affiliation is presently in a steady monetary place and may soak up some bills for member faculties of their ongoing makes an attempt to recuperate from the impacts of shortened seasons throughout 2020-2021 and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The board authorized waiving the membership dues for 2021-2022 solely. Colleges will nonetheless be answerable for the $100 annual faculty price for the 12 months. This waiver of membership dues is along with the Board’s dedication to tackle the catastrophic insurance coverage premiums for all member faculties for this 12 months. Because of HB 91, faculties ought to put together to reassume accountability for catastrophic insurance coverage premiums in 2022-2023, which faculties should buy by way of the Division of Insurance coverage.
The board authorized a rule that any scholar lacking 5 or extra consecutive days of observe for sickness or harm should observe for 3 separate days previous to a return to competitors. This merchandise clarifies the present coverage and can enable college students lacking observe for causes aside from sickness or harm, reminiscent of a funeral, and many others. to return with out the three-day observe requirement. This provision shall be efficient instantly.
The board authorized inserting a “leapfrog” provision within the playoff qualification course of, efficient instantly. This was executed utilizing suggestions from member coaches and athletic administrators following qualification and seeding course of for bracketed sports activities in the course of the fall playoff season. Though groups with increased RPI rankings will nonetheless be seeded increased, they could not qualify earlier than a workforce that completed forward of them of their convention standings.
The board mentioned using a shot clock in males’s and ladies’s basketball, together with the suggestions acquired from a survey of basketball coaches, athletic administrators, and principals. With combined outcomes from the survey, the Board took no motion presently, however directed employees to proceed in search of suggestions from member faculties on the potential implementation of a shot clock within the coming years.