The Virginia High School League announced today that public schools in Loudoun County and across Virginia will have condensed seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic, and things won’t get started until December.

Under the plan, winter sports will start more or less on time for a shortened season, followed by a shorter-than-usual fall sports season and then wrapping up with spring sports. Here’s the basic line-up as reported by the Roanoke Times.

  • Season 1 (basketball, wrestling, swimming, indoor track and field) — Dec. 14-Feb. 20 with first contest date Dec. 28.
  • Season 2 (football, volleyball, golf, cross country, field hockey, competitive cheer) — Feb. 15-May 1 with first contest date March 1.
  • Season 3 (baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, outdoor track and field) — April 12-June 26 with first contest date April 26.

The paper reports this will be the first time in a hundred years that Virginia public high schools don’t have a fall football season. And the plans announced today could still change yet again — if circumstances with the pandemic get markedly better — or worse.

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