NCHSAA to allow high school practices to resume June 15. CMS to wait

NCHSAA to allow high school practices to resume June 15. CMS to wait
In an email to its schools Monday afternoon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools informed coaches that CMS athletes won’t start until July 6. (Source: WFIE)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Langston Wertz Jr./Charlotte Observer) - The N.C. High School Athletic Association is lifting its dead period June 15, which would allow its more than 400 member schools to begin summer practices.

But NCHSAA commissioner Que Tucker said the ultimate decision to return to the field is up to each school system. In an email to its schools Monday afternoon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools informed coaches that CMS athletes won’t start until July 6.

From a statewide perspective, Tucker said the NCHSAA Board of Directors met via video conference call Friday and made the decision to lift the dead period, which had been in effect since March.

Tucker said the NCHSAA is also eliminating the dead period, for this year only, that would run July 20-26. That’s normally when the N.C. Coaches Association holds its weekly coaches clinics and East-West All-Star games. Those events were canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Union County schools athletics director Nelson Garner said the system is in final discussions about its decision and should announce a decision this afternoon.

This is a developing story.