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)
Football – Sites 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