VA High School Sports Delayed Until December
As long as Virginia remains under Phase 3 guidelines of the Governor’s reopening plan due to COVID-19, public high school sports are sidelined in Virginia through at least December.
In a special session Monday morning, the Executive Committee of the Virginia High School League, or VHSL, voted to delay all VHSL sports and adopt a plan featuring condensed seasons. The proposal adopted Monday, by a vote of 34-to-1, was one of three models from which the VHSL Executive Committee chose. The three models were announced during a July 15th special session. The plan involves delaying all sports seasons to a condensed schedule, which would start December 14 for winter sports and end on June 26 with spring sports.
The new schedule is as follows:
Season 1 spans December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date: December 28, 2020) and features winter sports: basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim and dive & wrestling
Season 2 spans February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date: March 1, 2021) for fall sports: football, volleyball, golf, competition cheer, sideline cheer, cross country & field hockey
Season 3 spans April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date: April 26, 2021) for spring sports: baseball, lacrosse, outdoor track, soccer, softball & tennis
The approved VHSL model is based on Virginia being in Phase 3 of its reopening, its current position. Should Virginia move ahead into Phase 4 or move back into Phase 2, the dates of the seasons could be impacted.
The end dates listed are the latest-potential final contest dates, including any potential postseason events, for that sport’s season. Mike Sipe, a member of the VHSL Executive Committee, requested the postseason format be clarified by the end of August. The Executive Committee plans to address postseason formats on August 24th.
High school teams are currently allowed to gather for conditioning and out-of-season workouts.
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For AMR News, I’m Abby Dufour