NCHSAA adjusts fall playoff schedules

Staff report

CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors and Commissioner Que Tucker have made the difficult decision to move playoff dates following historic flooding in many parts of eastern North Carolina.

Most changes saw dates pushed back one week.

“The logistics of moving the fall championships dates, especially this close to the events are complex; however, we must do everything in our power to do what is best for our student-athletes in the state,” said Commissioner Que Tucker. “Keeping our young people safe as we try to minimize risk of injury must be paramount in our decisions.”

Among changes approved by the board, the weekly limitation in volleyball has been waived for teams in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew, however, the daily limitation has not been waived. Sunday practices and/or competition are still not permissible for any sport.

— Football: Seeding moved to Nov. 12; first-round playoffs moved to Nov. 18; second-round games moved to Nov. 25; third-round will be Dec. 2; regionals will be Dec. 9; state championships moved to Dec. 16-17.

— Tennis: Individual regionals remain Friday and Saturday; individual state championships remain Oct. 28-29; dual-team reporting deadline moves to Oct. 24; seeding will be Oct. 24; first-round matches will be Oct. 25; second-round matches will be Nov. 1; third-round matches are Nov. 3; regionals moved to Nov. 9; state championships moved to Nov. 12.

— Volleyball: Seeding moved to Tuesday; first-round matches will be Wednesday; second-round matches will be Oct. 27t; third round will be Oct. 29; fourth round is Nov. 1; semifinals will be played Nov. 3; state championships will remain Nov. 5.

— Soccer: Seeding moved to Nov. 3; first-round matches will be Nov. 5; second-round matches are Nov. 8; third-round matches are Nov. 10; fourth round is Nov. 12; regionals will be played Nov. 15; state championships remain Nov. 19.

Staff report

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