Thank you once again for your patience and flexibility as we continue to explore all options for our DA fall athletics teams. After meetings with our Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference peers and our own Administrative Team leaders, we have a few updates to announce.
Competition for our low-risk sports (girls tennis, girls golf and boys and girls cross-country) will begin next week. Our varsity tennis and golf teams will open up play Thursday, Sept. 17, in the first DA Athletics competition in over six months. Please check da.org/athletics, as individual team schedules will be posted as soon as they are finalized.
We are still working on finalizing game schedules for our moderate-risk sports (boys soccer, volleyball and field hockey). Those teams will continue distanced workouts at this time. While we will post our moderate-risk sports schedules on our website, the ability to play these games continue to be contingent on the health situation at Durham Academy as well as recommendations from the state and local government and the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
The TISAC schools are working on plans for the end of the season, including the possibility of conference tournaments for all sports, adding two weeks of regular season play and potentially postponing the state tournament two weeks to the start of November. Since our goal is to do everything we can to give our teams opportunities to compete, all Upper School student-athletes should be prepared for their seasons to extend into early November. Middle School seasons, which typically end around fall break, may also be extended to accommodate more competitions. Middle School students should be prepared to play until Oct. 23.
The North Carolina Independent School Athletics Association has instituted a no-spectator policy for all competitions this fall. In order for our teams to compete, only essential personnel may attend games. As much as we know you wish to watch your child play live, we appreciate your understanding of this policy. Parents will not be allowed on campus during competitions. Our department will livestream as many home competitions as possible, and we will continue to have a large social media presence for all of our competitions home and away.
We remain hopeful that our moderate-risk teams will be able to compete this season; we will share updates as soon as we have them. Thank you again for your steadfast support.
Director of Athletics