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Written by Rick Strunk   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:23

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors completed its spring Board meeting on Wednesday at the NCHSAA offices. The Board had a very productive meeting over the past two days," said Davis Whitfield, commissioner. "We had a very challenging and comprehensive agenda, but

the Board members engaged in thoughtful discussion and looked at our Association matters from a global perspective.  I am pleased with the result of this Board session."
Items which the Board studied and approved included:
-- adoption of a "mercy rule" in soccer; if a goal differential of nine is reached by halftime or at any time in the second half, the game shall be terminated, to go into effect for 2012-13; at least one half of game must be complete.
-- approved going back to 12 weeks to play 11 football games, starting with 2013 season, and approved two-year football calendar for 2013 and '14.
-- approved additional scheduling allowance for wrestling for one tri meet and one "multi team event" per week
-- approved moving starting date for two-pound growth allowance for wrestling from January 1 to December 25
--approval of four booking agents, including Mark Kadlecik in soccer, Triangle Officials Association; Leigh Harris in wrestling, Mountain Officials Association; David Culbreth in wrestling, Southeastern Officials Association; Brad Allen in basketball, Southeastern Officials Association
--approved requiring each non-faculty coach and newly hired coaches to take "Fundamentals of Coaching" course through the National Federation to coach a team at an NCHSAA school; recommend all coaching staffs be certified in this area within three years
--added fine of $250 to Handbook if schools have non-compliant uniforms to NFHS rule codes
-- discussed NCHSAA's 100th Anniversary Celebration and timeline of events
-- approved additional ways to return additional revenue to member schools; take operating budget overage and also review any extra interest income from Endowment, and half of that, based on a formula, will be distributed to schools which participated in bracketed team sports playoffs. Schools traveling would receive full share, hosting school would receive half share
-- adopted structured rate of expense reimbursements for football playoffs from first round through regionals
-- reviewed 2011-12 budget
-- approved four-year contract for commissioner
-- approved NCHSAA strategic plan after presentation from Dr. Larry Price, who helped to facilitate the process
-- a report from Paige King of Eastern Alamance High School of the NCHSAA's Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)
On Tuesday, the Board had approved the realignment plan for 2013-17 after hearing appeals.



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