NCHSAA clarifies use of pods at skill development sessions

— The N.C. High School Athletic Association still recommends schools use pods at skill development sessions, but will not have a statewide requirement on the size of the pods.

According to an email update sent to member schools on Tuesday morning, the NCHSAA recommends schools use pods at workouts and follow local guidelines to adjust the size of the pods.

Pods are small groups of players who workout with each other each day. This limits the number of athletes exposed to one another, so if one athletes contracts COVID-19, it is easier to conduct contact tracing to determine which athletes may have been exposed to the virus.

Cardinal Gibbons football practice (July 30, 2018)

Since June 15, when the NCHSAA allowed schools to resume workouts, teams and schools have been required to workouts in pods. Initial guidelines from the NCHSAA required the pods consist of the same 5-10

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NCHSAA expected to increase number of athletes allowed to participate in workouts next week

— The N.C. High School Athletic Association will be releasing new guidelines for off season skill development after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier this week that the state will move to Phase 2.5 of the state’s reopening plan.

According to the email to membership, the new guidelines will be released and go into effect on Sept. 8, with other updates being shared at that time as well.

Cooper’s new guidelines allow more people to congregate in one place — a maximum of 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Currently, NCHSAA guidelines limit capability of workouts to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. To read the current guidelines, click here.

NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker gave a presentation to the State Board of Education on Thursday morning as well. In her presentation, she said the new guidelines mean the association will

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NCHSAA releases updated guidelines for off-season skill development

— The N.C. High School Athletic Association released updated guidelines for off-season skill development sessions on Wednesday, which closely mirror the previous Phase 2 guidelines with some additional information.

Skill development sessions are held during the school year each year, but have different rules in place from summer workouts.

“Since the school year has begun, we are now also into that period of time when skill development guidelines must be used. Unlike normal starts to the year, ALL sports are in the off season and are governed by those skill development guidelines,” NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker wrote in an email to member schools on Wednesday morning.

On any given day, a student-athlete is limited 90 minutes of skill development, including weight training or conditioning, warm-ups, cool downs, meetings, video review, breaks, and other similar activities. Skill-development sessions are optional and cannot

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