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Board adopts mercy rule for soccer

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Staff Report

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association board of directors completed its spring board meeting May 2 at the NCHSAA offices.
Items the board studied and approved included the adoption of a mercy rule in soccer. If a goal differential of nine is reached by halftime or at any time in the second half, the game shall be terminated, to go into effect for 2012-13. At least one half of the game must be completed.
The board has also approved the realignment plan for 2013-17 after hearing appeals. South Brunswick West Brunswick, Topsail, Hoggard, Ashley, Laney, New Hanover will be in a new conference. North Brunswick, Croatan, East Duplin, Southwest Onslow, Dixon, Northside (Jacksonville) will be in a new conference.
The board approved going back to 12 weeks to play 11 football games, starting with 2013 season, and approved two-year football calendar for 2013 and ’14.
The board approved requiring each non-faculty coach and newly hired coaches to take Fundamentals of Coaching course through the National Federation to coach a team at an NCHSAA school and recommended all coaching staffs be certified in this area within three years.
The board added fine of $250 if schools have non-compliant uniforms to NFHS rule codes.