New Hanover County Schools


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#NHCSReadySetReturn: Athletics

Pre Participation Sports (Physical) Exams
Due to COVID19 safety concerns and conflicts, the New Hanover County free Pre Participation Sports (Physical) Exams for the 2020-2021 school year have been postponed indefinitely. In compliance with the guidelines released by the NCHSAA, student athletes who have a valid Pre Participation Sports (Physical) Exam form for the 2019-2020 season will be allowed a one-year extension through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. This extension applies to any student athlete who has a Pre Participation Sports (Physical) Exam dated on or after 3/1/2019. A student athlete planning to participate in a sport during the 2020-2021 season without a Pre Participation Sports (Physical) Exam dated on or after 3/1/2019 will need to obtain a new Pre Participation Sports (Physical) Exam before they will be allowed to participate.  All student athletes are still required to fill out a new medical history form (page 1 Pre Participation Sports Exam form) prior to participation. Additionally, all other athletic participation forms required by NCHSAA/NHCS still need to be completed as specified prior to sports participation.
Resumption of  Limited Athletic Activities
NHCS will resume limited athletic activity for high school student athletes effective July 6.  Coaches and athletic trainers will follow the guidance provided by the NCHSAA Reopening Sports/Activities: Summer Guidance document when conducting workouts.  Workouts will focus on fitness and conditioning as allowed by the NCHSAA guidance.  All sessions are optional for student athletes.  Health care precautions include but are not limited to:
Student athlete education session
Daily temperature checks 
Daily wellness checks
Social distancing beyond the regular requirements
Required use of face coverings by coaches
Required use of face coverings by athletes when not engaged in activity
Increased hand hygiene
Specific entrance and exiting processes of fields and gymnasiums
Additional precautions can be found in the NCHSAA Summer Guidance document. For more information, contact NHCS high school athletic directors at the following emails:
Ashley AD -
Hoggard AD -
Laney AD -