The Cap-8 and Southwest Wake Athletic conferences are now allowed to play Cardinal Gibbons under their updated bylaws, but the Cap-8 will still prohibit games against private schools that are not members of the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
The two conferences had passed bylaws last spring to prohibit their teams from playing any non-public school; even those that were NCHSAA members like Gibbons, or charter schools.
Wake County Public Schools Systems made the conferences’ most recent bylaws available on Tuesday. Each league is returning to how they were scheduling before last spring.
The Cap-8 states: “No conference school will schedule any competition in a conference-sanctioned sport with any private non-public school in Wake County or in a surrounding county that is not an NCHSAA member school, excluding tournaments, jamborees, showcases and NCHSAA playoffs.”
The SWAC opened up its scheduling completely, saying “Individual schools in the conference are on their own to schedule all non-conference games for all sports.”
Cardinal Gibbons is one of three private high schools in the NCHSAA. Like Gibbons, the other two – Charlotte Catholic and Kernersville’s Bishop McGuinness – are nonboarding Catholic parochial schools.
The Cap-8 and SWAC notified the NCHSAA that they were repealing the bylaws, and the NCHSAA notified Cardinal Gibbons late last week.