BWHS v FHS 2019 football

Briar Woods and Freedom compete in a varsity football game during the 2019 season. The Virginia High School League's proposed schedule under the Condensed Interscholastic Plan would allow football teams to play six regular-season games, followed by up to four rounds of playoff games.

The Virginia High School League has drafted a working plan for the 2020-2021 school year that would allow teams to vie for a postseason championship in every varsity sport under the Condensed Interscholastic Plan.

The VHSL executive committee voted in July to delay the start of the high school sports season until December due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made to rearrange the three sports seasons -- from fall, winter and spring to winter, fall and spring -- and to adopt the Condensed Interscholastic Plan.

After speaking with athletic directors, coaches, principals and superintendent representatives, the VHSL executive committee held a special work session Aug. 24 to discuss schedule options for regular season and postseason championships.

The "Championships + 1" schedule under consideration would allow student-athletes to play 60% of a normal regular season, followed by regional and state competitions for teams or individuals that qualify and advance.

The plan calls for baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball to hold regional playoff games, with one team from each region advancing to the state semifinals in all six classifications.

All other sports -- competition cheer, cross country, golf, gymnastics, swimming, track and field and wrestling -- would have a regional competition (meet or tournament), followed by a state competition.

"We have received a tremendous amount of input since the release of the Championships + 1 schedule," VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. "Billy" Haun said in a prepared statement. "This type of feedback from membership is critical and essential before approving a final plan ... From day one, we have been committed to getting this right and getting our students participating in activities safely and responsibly."

The VHSL executive committee is scheduled to meet again Sept. 17 to determine if the plan merits final approval.

Season 1: Winter sports

Basketball (14 contests; practice starts Dec. 7; contests start Dec. 21; region competition Feb. 8-13; state competition Feb. 16-20)

Gymnastics (6 contests; practice starts Dec. 14; contests start Dec. 28; region competition Feb. 1-6; state competition Feb. 12-13)

Indoor Track (6 contests; practice starts Dec. 14; contests start Dec. 28; region competition Feb. 1-6; state competition Feb. 13)

Swimming (6 contests; practice starts Dec. 14; contests start Dec. 28; region competition Feb. 3-6; state competition Feb. 13)

Wrestling (6 contests; practice starts Dec. 14; contests start Dec. 28; region competition Feb. 1-13; state competition Feb. 18-20)

Season 2: Fall sports

Competition Cheer (3 contests; practice starts Feb. 4; contests start March 1; region competition April 5-10; state competition April 17)

Cross Country (6 contests; practice starts Feb. 15; contests start March 1; region competition April 12-17; state competition April 23-24)

Field Hockey (10 contests; practice starts Feb. 15; contests start March 1; region competition April 12-17; state competition April 20-24)

Football (6 contests; practice starts Feb. 4; contests start Feb. 22; region competition April 7-17; state competition April 24-May 1)

Golf (8 contests; practice starts Feb. 15; contests start March 1; region competition (boys) April 12-15; state competition (boys) April 19; state competition (girls) April 21-26)

Volleyball (12 contests; practice starts Feb. 15; contests start March 1; region competition April 12-17; state competition April 20-24)

Season 3: Spring sports

Baseball (12 contests; practice starts April 12; contests start April 26; region competition June 14-19; state competition June 22-26)

Lacrosse (9 contests; practice starts April 12; contests start April 26; region competition June 14-19; state competition June 22-26)

Soccer (10 contests; practice starts April 12; contests start April 26; region competition June 14-19; state competition June 22-26)

Softball (12 contests; practice starts April 12; contests start April 26; region competition June 14-19; state competition June 22-26)

Tennis (10 contests; practice starts April 12; contests start April 21; region competition May 20-June 5; state competition June 7-13)

Outdoor Track (9 contests; practice starts April 12; contests start April 26; region competition June 14-19; state competition June 18-19)

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