The Virginia High School League executive committee delayed any action of the future of fall sports during a special session on Thursday.
No recommendations were made during the meeting for fall athletic schedules, but the committee did vote to hold additional meetings in July and August as more information becomes known.
“All our efforts are working towards advocating for the opening of sports and activities in a safe and reasonable way,” VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun said. “As we move forward, it would not be reasonable to release at this time a fall schedule or calendar until we learn more about future phases. We are committed to getting this right and getting our students participating in activities. I think we can make a much better informed decision once we have more parameters and possible restrictions,” Haun added.
Virginia is expected to move into Phase Three of Gov. Ralph Northam’s “Reopen Virginia” plan on Wednesday, but in VHSL’s recently released guidelines for sports there are no guidelines for Phase Three. VHSL officials have said they are awaiting more guidance and information from the governor’s office for the Phase Three guidelines and beyond.
VHSL recently gave the go ahead for schools to hold out-of-season practices as long as the schools draw up their own guidelines for reopening and submit those to the Department of Education for approval before proceeding. As of last week there was no formal word on the progress made by the school division in Halifax on when practices will begin locally.