The Virginia High School League Executive Committee met in a special work session on Monday where they discussed schedule options for the regular season and postseason championships for the condensed interscholastic plan.

The VHSL staff spent the previous 10 days reaching out to coaches, athletic directors/principals and superintendent’s representatives from each region and then drew up a working plan “Championships +1” schedule for the 2021 athletic and academic activities and presented it to the executive committee.

“I want to be clear that this work session was not intended to produce a final plan. The purpose of the work session was to provide a draft to the executive committee for the FY2021 sports and academic season and for the process of building a plan for regular season and postseason,” VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. (Billy) Haun said. “The various staff meetings with coaches, athletic directors, principals and superintendent representatives discussed at length the challenges, including health, safety and financial consideration of implementing schedule options.

“We appreciate the hard work and feedback our region athletic directors, coaches, principals and other representatives provided to our staff during region meetings and through our coaches advisory committees. Our newly formed Student Advisory Committee also provided invaluable feedback as well. The VHSL is fortunate to have a dedicated group of school administrators and coaches who are working tirelessly during these unprecedented times on behalf of all students, as we plan for athletics and academic activities for the upcoming year.”

The draft that the VHSL released gives the number of contests each sport will play along with when their first practice will be, first contest date, the start of regional play, VHSL semi-finals date and finals date.

The first sport to start back will be basketball with the first practice date being moved up to Dec. 7. Basketball will play 14 contests beginning of Dec. 21. The region start will be on Feb. 8 with a deadline of Feb. 13. VHSL semi-finals will be on Feb. 16 and the finals on Feb. 20.

Indoor track, swim and dive and wrestling are the other three sports that affect Halifax County High School. All three have a first practice date of Dec. 14. Wrestling will have eight contests while swim and dive and indoor track will have six. The first contest date for all three will be on Dec. 28. Region start dates for wrestling and indoor track will be on Feb. 1, and swim and dive on Feb. 3. VHSL finals for wrestling will be Feb. 18-20, and indoor track and swim and dive on Feb. 13.

In the fall sports calendar cross-country, football, golf and volleyball will begin in February. Football will begin practice on Feb. 4 and will play six contests beginning on February 22. Region start date is April 17, VHSL semi-finals on April 24 and finals on May 1.

Cross-country, golf and volleyball begin practice on February 15 and the first contest will begin on March 1. Cross-country will have six contests, golf will have eight and volleyball 12. Region start date for cross-country, golf and volleyball will be April 12. The VHSL semi-finals for golf is April 19, volleyball on April 20. Finals for volleyball and cross country will be April 23-24 and golf on April 19.

Spring sports will begin on April 12 with the first practices for baseball, soccer, softball, tennis and track and field. Baseball and softball will play 12 contests, soccer and tennis will play ten and track and field nine. First contest dates for all sports other than tennis will be April 26 and tennis will start April 21. Region start date for tennis will be May 20, track and field June 7 and baseball, softball and soccer on June 14. VHSL semi finals for tennis are June 7 and finals June 11-13. Track and field finals are June 18-19. Baseball, softball and soccer begin region play on June 14, VHSL semi finals on June 22 and finals June 26.

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