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VHSL votes to move fall sports to the spring

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Posted at 10:41 AM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 10:41:34-04

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- High school football won't be played in Virginia this fall, but it could be played this spring, after the Virginia High School League (VHSL) voted Monday to move fall sports to the spring.

In A 34-1 vote, the VHSL Executive Committee decided to move forward with Model 3 in its re-opening of sports and activities for the 2020-21 school year.

Under Model 3, all VHSL sports and activities are delayed until December 14 and adopted the Condensed Interscholastic Plan.

“We all understand the physical and mental health benefits of getting our students back to a level of participation. The Condensed Interscholastic Plan Leaves open the opportunity to play all sports in all three seasons if Virginia moves beyond Phase III and/or Phase III guidelines are revised and High Risk Activities are allowed,” said VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun.

Model 3 – Condensed Interscholastic Plan

Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling

Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball

Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field

“This plan also allows schools the opportunity to open the year and get school started and deal with issues such as schedules, academic plans, transportation, dealing with possible outbreaks of COVID in the school," Haun added.