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Homar Ramirez, executive director of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA), appeared on WIZS Coach’s Corner Wednesday.
Stating that the NCISAA does not govern the months of June and July comparable to other associations, Ramirez explained there was more flexibility in determining summer sport and activity guidelines for independent schools.
Guidance from the NCISAA utilizes a three-phased approach to help school systems navigate a gradual reopening of athletic activities.
Stage One of the guidelines began for some local schools, such as Crossroads Christian, last week and are recommended for the first 14 days. Guidelines include limiting sports practices to 25 people outside or 10 inside, face coverings to be worn, social distancing and hand washing/sanitizing to be practiced and the disinfecting of all shared equipment.
While these general suggestions were offered for all sports during Stage One, specific guidelines were also provided for each sport.
Stage Two guidelines are suggested for the 14 days following the end of the first stage, with Stage Three taking student-athletes from the end of the second stage right up to the beginning of fall sports.
“These guidelines were designed to help our schools advance through resocialization and to reacclimate students to the flow of sports and being with other kids again,” Ramirez said. “While guidelines have been provided, schools may advance through the different stages as they are ready. We are planning in case of delays but are hopeful that we won’t see any more.”
To hear more from Ramirez, please listen to the Coach’s Corner audio by clicking the play button above.