North Carolina High School Athletic Association to sanction women’s wrestling, more than spring meeting

The NCHSAA Board of Directors worked hard to direct the affairs of the association, wrapping up the spring meeting on Wednesday. Board members were hard at work dealing with the changes necessitated by the Association’s Agreement (MOU) with the State Board of Education. The Board took action on many items during its meeting. The highlights are as follows:

· Sanctioned the addition of women’s wrestling for the 2023-2024 sports year.

· Sanctioned the addition of a 4A State Championship in Women’s Lacrosse, beginning in 2022-23.

· Approved a five-quarter rule for basketball allowing students to participate in five quarters of play in a single day. This was done to promote and support junior college programs across the state.

· Approved a distribution of 5% of interest earned on the Association’s general endowment fund to member schools, including a distribution of 5.05% from the education/health and safety endowment fund.

· Approved membership fees remaining at $1.00 per student for 2022-2023. The board eliminated the $100 administrative fee for all member schools, starting in 2022-23.

· Revised NCHSAA revenue share to 20% for all fourth-round contests across all team sports and brackets. As a reminder, as a result of the MOU, the Association will receive its share in all rounds of net revenue from all playoffs and championships, rather than gross revenue.

Commissioner Que Tucker said, “Today was a historic meeting for the NCHSAA, on many fronts. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the adoption of Title IX, our Board of Directors was able to sanction a new women’s sport, Women’s Wrestling, and add a new Championship Ranking in Women’s Lacrosse.

We are proud to provide new opportunities for women to participate in education-based athletic programs and are excited to see the many ways these new programs will benefit the student experience in our state.

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