The Virginia High School League (VHSL) released an update Friday on guidelines for out-of-season practice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The VHSL said that they had numerous inquiries from school divisions regarding what they may or may not be able to do from a practice or other sports gathering standpoint especially when the state moves from phase one to phase two in the reopening of the commonwealth.
Until the governor reopens schools, the VHSL has said in-school facility use is off limits. They said the relaxing of the stay at home order by the governor relates to businesses only and that this does not apply to schools or any school related activities including sports.
The governor has not yet made any mention of nor laid out a plan for the reopening of schools for the purpose of allowing student athletes to get back on the field to begin off season workouts and conditioning.
“At the present time this means out of season practice and all activities this summer are canceled until further notice,” the release said.
Once the governor declares that schools can re-open, the VHSL’s Executive Committee will meet to draw up protocols and guidelines for resuming athletic activities.
There is another meeting of the VHSL Executive Committee scheduled for the end of June where they plan to discuss fall sports and the plan going forward. It is possible by the time this meeting is held, the governor will have laid out a plan for the off-season workouts, conditioning and fall sports tryouts and practices to resume.
This situation like so many others in the country today is fluid and subject to change at any time, and while there is nothing finalized at this time, there are hopes of a concrete plan to be in place in the coming weeks.
The VHSL says that every decision will be made with the best interest of their student-athletes and the public, and that safety will always be their number one priority.