The remote possibility of playing an abbreviated spring sports season this summer was halted Thursday during a Virginia High School League Executive Committee meeting.
The VHSL Executive Committee voted 31-0-1 to cancel all spring sports and activities for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This extremely difficult decision was made knowing the great disappointment our student-athletes, academic activity participants, coaches, administrators, parents and their communities will experience. We share those same feelings as well," VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun said in a prepared statement.
"We especially grieve with those senior athletes and activity participants who will not have an opportunity to represent their school or wear their school jersey one final time after years of hard work and dedication," Haun continued.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) ordered all schools in the commonwealth to be closed through the end of this school year on March 23. The VHSL announced a day later that it would wait until May to determine if it is feasible to hold spring sports events after the conclusion of the academic year.
“Any options for the spring sports season would require that COVID-19 no longer be a threat and pose no health risks to our student-athletes or to the public," Haun said following Thursday's meeting. "Sadly, the situation has not changed and has made it impossible to have a spring season without putting people at risk."
Loudoun County student-athletes compete in baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and track and field during the spring season. Some area schools also field crew teams.