from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Winter Meetings in Chapel Hill and from www.nchsaa.org:
The NCHSAA Board voted to allow 10 days of skill development sessions with unlimited numbers in football, immediately prior to the last five days of the school year. Practice would have a two and one half hour limit, including stretching and cool down, Monday through Friday (Saturday as make up day), no body to body contact, a first responder/licensed athletic trainer must be present, and any student-athlete still involved in a spring sport will not be allowed to participate until the end of that sport’s season.
No other skill development would be allowed in football during the school year prior to this 10-day period. This policy goes into effect December 8, so no other skill development in football can occur until the 10-day window in the spring of 2015, although conditioning and weight lifting are allowed.
In major move, the board approved the concept of live regular season television on a specific, limited basis as part of the exclusive NCHSAA agreement with Time Warner Cable. The proposal would include a 12-week window of regular season games in football for Thursday live telecasts, and then a similar window for 10 weeks on a non-traditional night (Wednesday or Thursday) for live telecasts in basketball. Schools may elect not to participate in the live telecasts if they have a game chosen, and other details on the proposal will be worked out.
There were realignment appeals, which always occur at the mid point of the four-year alignment period, and two of the seven which the Board heard were approved.
Cardinal Gibbons was approved for a move from 3-A to 4-A due to a substantial increase in its numbers. The school will move from the Big Eight 3-A conference to the PAC-6 in 4-A.
Jay Robinson was approved to move from 4-A to 3-A, due a change in the district lines which have occurred and reduced its numbers, and to move from the MeCKa 4-A to the South Piedmont 3-A.