A Richmond newspaper is reporting that the Virginia High School League will vote on July 27 on how high school sports in the state will proceed in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This decision will have a big impact for schools and athletes here in Loudoun County.
Here are the three options they are considering, as reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
1) Leave all sports in their current seasons. Sports considered low- and moderate-risk in the coronavirus pandemic, such as golf and cross country, would be allowed to play. High-risk sports such as football, field hockey, volleyball and cheer would not be played.
2) Switch the fall and spring seasons. Low- and moderate-risk sports allowed to play in the fall would be baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, and track and field. Boys and girls lacrosse, considered high risk, would not be played.
3) Start play in mid-December with winter sports, followed by fall sports and spring sports, all in compressed seasons. Winter sports (basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swimming and diving, and wrestling) would start on Dec. 14 and run until Feb. 20. Fall sports (football, competition cheering, cross country, field hockey, golf and volleyball) would run from Feb. 15 until May 1. Spring sports (baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, and track and field) would run from April 12-June 26.