Bobby Guthrie, the former Wake County Schools senior administrator for athletics, already had put his mark on interscholastic athletics throughout the state with his involvement as a national advocate for coaching education and certification, but he is working on a more tangible legacy.
Guthrie is rewriting the N.C. High School Athletic Association Handbook.
The handbook includes some historical information about the association, the articles of incorporation and administration information, but two-thirds of the 160-page book deals with rules and regulations.
Davis Whitfield, the commissioner of the NCHSAA, asked Guthrie to recommend changes. During the review, it became clear that the handbook needed a major overhaul.
“We looked at the handbooks from associations from all over the country,” Guthrie said. “We were one of the very few that still used a paragraph form for rules and regulations. As we got into it, it became much more than cut and paste.”
Whitfield said the handbook had been a great tool for many years, but the information needed to be in a simpler format.
“It will be more like a rulebook with a numbering system,” Whitfield said. “We wanted a handbook that is easier to use and the new format provides that.”
The NCHSAA Board of Directors approved the new look for the handbook during its spring meetings last week and it is expected to be ready at the start of the 2014-15 school year.
The book still will have some of the standard historical information, but the bulk of the book will be divided into student, school, association and sports sections.
The student section will include provisions regarding things like eligibility requirements and transfer rules recruiting. The school and association portions address questions related to those areas.
The sports section deals with rules and regulations that are specific to that sport. Wrestling, for example, is the only sport that deals with hydration and weight loss issues.
Guthrie said the job has been gratifying.
“When Davis asked me to do it, I told him I didn’t want to have anything to do with it unless we were going to make it better,” Guthrie said. “I was convinced that this would be an improvement. I think it is.”
1A Track: Raleigh Charter’s Chris O’Brien won the boys 1,600 (4:21.10) and finished second in the 3,200 on Friday in the NCHSAA 1A track and field championships at North Carolina A&T. Louisburg’s Vanisha Wilshire was the girls triple jump champion (36 feet, 11 inches).
Early exit: Garner football standout Nyheim Hines will make his college decision in late September or early October he said Wednesday. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound running back also plans to be an early enrollee wherever he decides to play in college.
“I’ll commit in October or maybe late September and I plan to graduate in December so I can enroll in January,” Hines said.
Hines has received nearly two dozen scholarship offers from Division I schools. The most recent of those came from Notre Dame in late April. He’s rated as the No. 2 all-purpose running back in the country by 247sports.com.
“Some schools see me as a running back only, others as a receiver,” Hines said. “Then there are some who have talked about a dual (running back/receiver) with me, like Ohio State and Clemson.”
Golf: East Chapel Hill senior Ben Griffin, the 2011 and 2013 NCHSAA 4A golf champion, will not be in the field Monday when the two-round state championships begin at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford.
Griffin did not qualify out of his regional. Broughton’s Stephen Saleeby, the 2012 champ, is in the field.
The other finals will be at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club in Foxfire Village (3A), the Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines (2A), and the Country Club of Whispering Pines in Whispering Pines (1A).
Tennis: Wilmington Hoggard (15-2) will be a home Wednesday against Millbrook (14-5) in the NCHSAA Eastern 4A boys dual-team tennis semifinal. Hoggard advanced when Southern Pines Pinecrest forfeited its second round match.
Scott Braswell, the Hoggard athletics director, said he had been told Pinecrest forfeited because of a conflict with AP examinations.
The other Eastern 4A semifinal is Green Hope (16-2) against Wakefield (20-0) on Tuesday.