The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (“Association”) is a voluntary, non-profit corporation that administers the State’s interscholastic athletic programs for its member schools. It is not an agent of the State Board of Education, however works closely with the SBOE, as it serves in a supervisory capacity over athletics at member schools.
The Association promulgates the rules and requirements for participation by student-athletes at member schools in inter scholastic athletic competition, and how the member high school administers those programs.
Any North Carolina public or non-boarding parochial high school is eligible for membership provided it is accredited by the State Department of Public Instruction, pays the Association fees, and adopts and maintains the Association code for participation in high school athletics. Every public non-charter high school in North Carolina is a member. Most charter schools are members, and many non-boarding parochial schools are members.
Founded in the early 20th century, the Association has witnessed dramatic growth in the scope of its programs and has dealt with the changing face of education. Throughout this time, however, one thing has remained constant: the NCHSAA’s commitment to providing a wholesome athletic environment.
Any North Carolina public or non-boarding parochial high school is eligible for membership, provided it is accredited by the State Department of Public Instruction and that the school adopts and maintains a prescribed code to guarantee fair competition.
Today, the Association now has over 400 member schools and certifies the eligibility of over 200,000 athletes annually. Other organizations which have contributed greatly to high school athletics in the state have over the years merged with the Association.
Member schools of the North Carolina High School Athletic Conference, the organization for black high schools, joined the Association in 1967. The Western North Carolina High School Activities Association (WNCHSAA) joined the Association in 1977, leaving one primary body working with high school athletics in North Carolina.