Following a Virginia High School League Executive Committee special session Wednesday to discuss options for the reopening of sports, the VHSL has announced that the executive committee will vote July 27 on which one of three potential models to move forward with.
In addition to voting to delay the start of fall sports until a final decision is made July 27, the executive committee suspended the July-August dead period for 2020 -- allowing schools to continue out-of-season practice activities.
"The goal in all our discussions has been to provide our student-athletes and activity participants the best opportunity to return to the playing fields, courts, track and stages during this school year in a safe environment as possible," Shannon Butler, the VHSL executive committee chairwoman and principal at York High School, said in a prepared statement.
"Our decision today will allow members of the executive committee to collaborate with the regions and groups that they represent to make a decision on July 27 that is in the best interest of our students," Butler continued.
Here is a breakdown of the three models that will be considered for the July 27 vote:
-Leave all sports in current season.
-Low and moderate contact risk sports that would be allowed to play: cross country and golf.
-High risk sports that would not be played: cheer, field hockey, football and volleyball.
-Switch fall and spring sports seasons.
-Low and moderate contact risk sports that would be allowed to play in the fall: baseball, soccer, softball, tennis and track and field.
-High risk sport that would not be played: lacrosse.
–Delay all VHSL sports and adopt the Condensed Interscholastic Plan. Leave all sports in the season where they are currently aligned.
-Season 1 (Winter) December 14 through February 20 (first contest date: December 28)
-Season 2 (Fall) February 15 through May 1 (first contest date: March 1)
-Season 3 (Spring) April 12 through June 26 (first contest date: April 26)