Scoring Points: Athletes required to wear masks during competition

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When you enter a High School gym in North Carolina, things will look a lot different than what you have become accustomed to if you have been to sporting events in Tennessee or Georgia.

Not only will the coaches and fans be wearing masks, now the players will be wearing them too.

In an email sent out yesterday to North Carolina High School Athletic Association members, the association announced that players are required to wear face masks during practices and contests, beginning Monday.

Previously, athletes were not required to wear masks when they were actively competing or practicing.

The NCHSAA also said a student with a medical condition that would not allow them to wear a face mask during competition would need medical clearance from a licensed doctor.

Que Tucker, the NCHSAA commisioner wrote in the email:

“NCHSAA staff members have received additional reports of volleyball teams being quarantined, which we know will impact their first contests next week. Collectively we must do everything we can to mitigate against the continuing spread of COVID-19, and it is our belief that the above steps will assist those efforts.”

This decision has been a long time coming, and I would expect it to overflow into sports and activities that are not just inside.

The NCHSAA has already made it known that North Carolina High School sporting events will only be allowed 25 fans total. Most schools are only allowing home team parents.

This seems like complete insanity to me. I cannot imagine being a high school volleyball or basketball player right now, knowing that during live game-play I will be required to wear a mask.

Imagine, there’s one minute left on the clock and you have the ball at the top of the key in your last high school basketball game as a senior, and you cant catch your breath because you have a dang mask on and you are sucking wind because you have been playing in a hot gym for the past hour and a half.

I just do not understand this madness. Either let the kids play or don’t.

If I was a betting man I would venture to say that in North Carolina we don’t make it halfway through the winter sports season before all sports are cancelled.

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