Flooding causes radical changes to NCHSAA playoffs



CHAPEL HILL – Flooding in the eastern part of North Carolina has prompted radical changes to the playoff schedules for NCHSAA fall sports, including football.

The football playoffs will now start on Nov. 18, a week later than originally planned. The state-championship games have been pushed back to Dec. 16-17.

As it stands, Dec. 17 is a scheduling conflict with the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game in Spartanburg, S.C. Roberson lineman Dayquan Watkins is this year’s only Shrine Bowl selection for Western North Carolina.

The start to other playoffs for fall sports have also been pushed back. They are girls dual team tennis (Oct. 25), volleyball (Oct. 26) and boys soccer (Nov. 5).

From the state association:

FALL CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE: Many playoffs delayed by flooding in eastern NC

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.

“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.

Below is a list of changes by sport.

Women’s Tennis

Individual Regionals: October 21st-22nd (No Change)

Individual State Championships: October 28th-29th (No Change)

Dual-Team reporting deadline October 19th (changed from October 17th)

Seeding: October 24th

First Round: October 25th

Second Round: November 1st

Third Round: November 3rd

Regionals: November 9th

State Championships: November 12th (Changed from November 5th)

Volleyball Prior to 6:00 am October 25th, teams affected by the hurricane are permitted to exceed the weekly limitations, but not the daily limitations.

Seeding: October 25th (moved from October 19th)

First Round: October 26th

Second Round: October 27th

Third Round: October 29th

Fourth Round: November 1st

Semifinals: November 3rd

State Championship: November 5th (No Change)

Men’s Soccer

Seeding: November 3rd (moved from October 31st)

First Round: November 5th

Second Round: November 8th

Third Round: November 10th

Fourth Round: November 12th

Regionals: November 15th

State Championship: November 19th (No Change)

FootballSites TBD

Seeding: November 12th (changed from November 5th)

First Round: November 18th

Second Round: November 25th

Third Round: December 2nd

Regionals: December 9th

State Championships: December 16th & 17th (changed from December 9th & 10th)

Women’s Golf – no changes; Regionals and State Championships as scheduled

Cross Country – no changes; Regionals and State Championships as scheduled

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