CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The North Carolina High School Athletic Association's board of directors has approved a mercy rule for football and basketball games.
The rule would go into effect for football games if the point differential reaches at least 42 points by halftime or afterward. It would go into effect for basketball games in which the margin reaches 40 points by halftime or afterward. In both cases, the game would use a running clock or could be ended early with the agreement of both teams.
The board approved the mercy rule along with several other measures during its spring meeting Wednesday, including a $500 fine per game for coaches who do not take a required concussion management course.