The Virginia High School League decided Tuesday to delay a decision on extending the spring sports season.

The move came a day after Gov. Ralph Northam ordered all schools across Virginia to remain closed through the academic year in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a virus that causes a disease known as COVID-19.

Soon after Northam's announcement, the league canceled the spring sports season but left open a possible season after the pandemic is no longer a threat.

On Tuesday, the league's crisis management team met via conference call to discuss that option but unanimously voted to delay any final action until May.

“The Crisis Management Team overwhelmingly felt a decision on an extension to the spring sports season should be put on hold until May," John W. “Billy” Haun, the executive director of the Virginia High School League, wrote in a news release. "Any options for the spring sports season will require that COVID-19 is no longer a threat and poses no health risks to our student-athletes or the public.” 

The team also discussed obstacles that would need to be addressed.

“This is extremely serious and a lot has to happen before May for us to extend the season," Haun wrote. "In every situation, every decision we make has been, and will be made in the best interest of our student-athletes and public safety.”

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV