RALEIGH — Board members of the North Carolina Excessive College 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 finances. The Board took motion on many objects throughout its annual winter assembly. Highlights are as follows:
The board accredited the 2021-2022 finances, which incorporates an estimated $1.2 million shortfall. That is the second straight 12 months experiencing a detrimental annual working finances, impacting operational and program reserves. The Board felt the Affiliation is at the moment in a secure monetary place and might take in some bills for member colleges of their ongoing makes an attempt to recuperate from the impacts of shortened seasons throughout 2020-2021 and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The board accredited waiving the membership dues for 2021-2022 solely. Faculties will nonetheless be liable 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 colleges for this 12 months. On account of HB 91, colleges ought to put together to reassume duty for catastrophic insurance coverage premiums in 2022-2023, which colleges should buy by the Division of Insurance coverage.
The board accredited a rule that any pupil lacking 5 or extra consecutive days of observe for sickness or damage should observe for 3 separate days previous to a return to competitors. This merchandise clarifies the present coverage and can permit college students lacking observe for causes aside from sickness or damage, reminiscent of a funeral, and many others. to return with out the three-day observe requirement. This provision shall be efficient instantly.
The board accredited inserting a “leapfrog” provision within the playoff qualification course of, efficient instantly. This was performed utilizing suggestions from member coaches and athletic administrators following qualification and seeding course of for bracketed sports activities through the fall playoff season. Though groups with larger RPI scores will nonetheless be seeded larger, they could not qualify earlier than a group that completed forward of them of their convention standings.
The board mentioned the usage of a shot clock in males’s and girls’s basketball, together with the suggestions obtained from a survey of basketball coaches, athletic administrators, and principals. With blended outcomes from the survey, the Board took no motion right now, however directed workers to proceed searching for suggestions from member colleges on the doable implementation of a shot clock within the coming years.