VHSL presents three potential models for 2020-2021 sports

by Kelley Pearson, Sports Editor

The VHSL held a special executive committee meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the 2020-2021 sports season. All sports have been classified on their risk factors. Those include:

Low risk activities: swim and dive, golf, gymnastics, tennis, forensics/debate, scholastic bowl and esports.

Moderate risk activities: baseball, softball, cross-country, soccer, track and field, theater and robotics.

High risk activities: basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, cheer, wrestling and volleyball.

The VHSL has also developed three potential models for the 2020-2021 season.

Model one would leave all sports in the season where they are currently aligned. The low and moderate contact risk sports that would be allowed to play in the fall are golf and cross-country. High risk sports that would not be played for the 2020-2021 season locally are football, volleyball and cheer.

Model two would switch the fall and spring seasons. All local spring sports would be allowed to play in the fall as track and field, tennis, soccer, baseball and softball are low or moderate risk.

Model three would see an extensive delay in high school sports. Season one would be winter sports (basketball, wrestling, indoor track and field, cheer and swimming) and would range from December 14 – February 20 with the first contest date at December 28. Season two would be fall sports (football, volleyball, cheer and golf) and would run from February 15 – May 1 with the first contact date being March 1. Season three would be spring sports (baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis and track and field) and would run from April 12 – June 26 with the first contest date at April 26.

The VHSL voted to delay the beginning of the fall sports season and set the official vote for Monday, July 27 at 9 a.m. Out of season practices may continue as normal as the VHSL voted unanimously to suspend the July-August dead period.