The Virginia High School League announced on Tuesday evening that any decision on the possibility of spring sports being played during the summer has been put on hold until May.
On Monday, the VHSL announced that the spring sports season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, officials met on a conference call Tuesday with the VHSL Crisis Management team to discuss options for spring sports and academic activities after the academic year ends and the summer months. The VHSL Crisis Management team unanimously recommended to delay any final action until May.
“While we recognize the importance sports has on our students and communities, the COVID-19 threat is real and people need to follow all the regulations and recommendations from the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and the Governor. We must make that our number one priority,” VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. ‘Billy’ Haun said in a press release. “The Crisis Management team overwhelmingly felt a decision on an extension to the spring sports season should be put on hold until May. Any options for the spring sports season will require that COVID-19 is no longer a threat and poses no health risks to our student-athletes or the public.
“This is extremely serious and a lot has to happen before May for us to extend the season. In every situation, every decision we make has been, and will be made in the best interest of our student-athletes and public safety.”
The press release said that there are many obstacles that would have to be overcome if they were to allow spring teams to play any games. The release also said there would be no state championships for spring sports that would be recognized by the VHSL.