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CHAPEL HILL – With Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement this week that North Carolina will finally be moving to Phase 2.5 of the state’s reopening plan, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association will be releasing new guidelines for off season workouts for high school athletics.

NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker presented the proposed new guidelines to the State Board of Education on Thursday morning. “That announcement on Tuesday means that we can adjust the numbers of athletes that can workout, condition, do skill development with their coaches,” said Tucker.

Cooper’s announcement increased the number of people allowed to gather in one place to a maximum of 25 indoors and 50 outdoors. Currently workouts are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

The NCHSAA Board of Directors met Wednesday night for discussion of the new guidelines and the board must vote to approve any changes. The new guidelines are expected to be released and go into effect on September 8 according to an email sent to the NCHSAA membership.

Workouts have been allowed at NCHSAA member schools since June 15 with the permission of each individual school district. Schools must follow strict safety guidelines to limit the risk of spreading COVID-19. Many school districts remain in a sports suspension though.

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