The Sylva Herald, by Carey Phillips

The N.C. High School Athletic Association has announced that the dead period for workouts that is in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic will end June 1.

However, NCHSAA officials made clear that does not mean workouts will begin on that date. They said that although summer regulations will go into effect, they will not supersede the governor’s mandate nor those of the local school system.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan to ease restrictions could enter Phase II by this weekend although no decision had been made at Herald press time. It was also unclear at press time what type of sports activities would be allowed in Phase II.

“They just deferred to the governor and local school LEAs,” Smoky Mountain Athletic Director Adam Phillips said of the -NCHSAA’s move.

“I think they’re just trying to get things going, but I wish they would put more regulations and protocol out and let us know,” he added. “I think it’s going to be up to (Superintendent Kim) Elliott and what the governor says.”