WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - August 3, 2020 - The North Carolina Field Hockey Association (NCFHA) recognizes the concerns and seriousness surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic crisis of 2020. The safety and well being of our students and coaches is our highest priority. Ultimately due to the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Field Hockey Association has decided to forgo a fall season for 2020.
This postponement of play includes all regular season contests, games, play-days, scrimmages, post season, All-Star Games and state tournament play. Given the current climate of COVID-19, its uncertainties and the potential legal ramifications, ultimately the North Carolina Healthcare Association believes that participation in fall sports during this current health crisis is a deeply personal choice of athletes, coaches, officials and their families, and a risk that the association and its members are not in a position to effectively manage.
The NCFHA does recognize the potential (nothing is confirmed) for fall sports to be allocated a modified schedule during the traditional spring season and fully supports member schools participating. If the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) sets parameters in 2021 for a modified fall season (during the spring months), we will comply with those regulations if we are able to successfully have 14 teams able and willing to participate in this modified spring season format (pending this is the decision of the NCHSAA).
Our goal was to issue those impacted by this decision ample time to make other arrangements that may be available locally. Since our sport is a developing sport in the state of North Carolina (we have not grown enough to seek state sanctioning but are moving in the right direction) we understand the limitation of resources such as officials and coaches to help grow the game. The NCFHA supports the growth of the sport of field hockey in the state of North Carolina and thus wanted to provide some clarifying points and guidelines for the remainder of 2020:
- The NCFHA supports member coaches that opt to participate in private club programs as coaches. Please note that member coaches must abide by out of season rules (not coaching more than 10 of their high school athletes on a given day).
- Effective for the remainder of 2020 ONLY: on September 1, 2020 the NCFHA will lift the out of season rules (restrictions on the number of high school athletes a school coach can work with) and those rules will be reinstated on Sunday, November 8, 2020.